We look forward to noon every day because that is usually when he calls. Emerson monopolizes the conversations on most days. She just gets so excited when he calls. She usually says "Hi Daddy. What are you doing, Daddy?" and then she shows him her toys and art she's been working on. She loves to take my phone and carry it around talking to Jesse.
I definitely feel like the weekdays are so much easier than the weekends. We have plenty of scheduled activities during the week that keep us in a routine and keep us busy. This past weekend we didn't have any plans and that was really hard. I tried to come up with things to keep us both busy, but you can only do so many art projects. We did run a few errands, went grocery shopping, and we had a fun morning at Chick Fil A, but other than that I really felt like the weekend just dragged on forever. I think we are kind of used to being on our own during the week but the weekend has always been our family time and it's just not the same. I'm sure as time goes on we will find more activities for the weekend to help stay busy and it will get easier.
Overall, I think Emerson has adjusted very well. I know she doesn't really understand why Jesse is gone but if you ask her where he is she will say he is at work. That being said, I know she is missing him. Yesterday I opened my computer and my wallpaper is a picture of the two of them. She saw it and said, "There's Daddy! I miss him." If that's not enough to make you cry, then I really don't know what is.
And then on Saturday, a special delivery came. It's called a Daddy Doll and it's basically a doll with a picture of a child's Dad. I had heard of them before but we never needed one before. I ordered it the day after Jesse left and I was really surprised that it came so soon.
She hasn't put it down since then. Daddy has had a tea party, gone for a ride on the Sit N' Spin and slept with her every night. I am so, so glad I decided to order it. Now I'm just wondering if it would be weird to order one for myself.... Just kidding. Sort of. ;)
So that's a little deployment update for you. We are doing fine and I know we will make it through but I have to admit it is a little daunting to think about how many more weeks there are to go. At the same time, I have to remind myself just how lucky we are. We are able to talk to Jesse almost daily! That wasn't even possible just a few years ago, so it is definitely a huge blessing. I also try to remind myself how lucky I am to be the one left behind. In reality, I think it's much harder for the guys. Can you imagine leaving your home and your family for 6 or 7 months? Yes, it is his job but that doesn't make it any easier. I know just the thought of being away from Emerson that long is just impossible to entertain. I'm so thankful for everything he does for our family and for our country, even if it means we have to miss him like crazy!