So…. Elliot will be leaving very, very soon for a long deployment, about 8 months. Although we’re not at all surprised by this assignment, we are still quite anxious and sad. Elliot has deployed 1 other time, but that was before our children were born, and it lasted just 6 weeks. Sometimes, I get caught up on my own emotions about this situation, which just happens and I just let it happen. What really trips me up, though, is how this will feel for Isla, Asher and Elliot.
To help the kids through this, Elliot and I have been preparing a number of special items. They’ll each have their own photo album of pictures with daddy. They’ll each have a daddy doll (www.daddydolls.com). They’ll each have a huge jar full of Hershey’s kisses, for whenever they need a kiss from daddy. Elliot has recorded himself reading several of their bedtime stories, so he can still be a part of their nighttime ritual. We’ve set up a toddler bed right next to our bed for middle-of-the-night comfort needs.
Anyway, I wanted to share a few of the pictures we’ve been organizing. They’re just so sweet! And… I’m open to suggestions for other ways to help young children (and their mom) cope with separation from a parent.