Two Weeks Down

7.29.2013

Today we are officially two weeks into the deployment. In some ways it has gone by pretty quickly and in others I feel like Jesse has been gone for an eternity. Emerson and I have already gotten into a new routine and kind of set our own schedule so that makes it a little bit easier. But the truth is we are really, really missing Jesse.

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.
Remember when I said I'm not much of a crier. I take it back!

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!

April said...

OMG that makes me want to cry for you both! I cannot even imagine and that is the truth. You two are being so strong and brave and so is Jesse. Thank you for his service to our country! It will get better and I know if must be so hard to deal with boredom on the weekends. I pray you will find a way to fill those lonely times and maybe find another single mom or friend to go and do things with on the weekends.

Emily said...

oh my gosh, that video is precious! I can't imagine how much you are missing Jesse-and with being pregnant I know it can't be easy. You are doing such a great job! Praying for you guys!

Sarah said...

Oh goodness! That doll is so amazing. It brought tears to my eyes how excited she was! I am so glad "daddy doll" is having so much fun with tea parties and rides on the sit N' spin. Too cute.

~Dawn~ said...

What a cool doll!! Her excitement was so touching.

Emily Powell said...

Love the doll! That is just the sweetest!

Katie said...

The daddy doll is the greatest idea ever! How adorable when she saw it:) Sweet girl! Hang in there momma!

melissa said...

Sending you a BIG hug. I can't imagine how hard it is to have your partner gone for so long and to see your baby miss her daddy. You guys are so strong! Hang in there. I'm so thankful that families like yours make such sacrifices for our country. One of my friends from college is serving in Haiti for a year and away from her husband and two little ones. I cannot imagine how she does it.

Emerson is too cute with her daddy doll!

Catie said...

You are so brave!!! I hope these next few weeks go by very quickly and you find fun things to do. I cannot imagine going through what you are!

Rachel and John said...

What an awesome idea!! Love the doll. You are such a strong lady. Hopefully the time will pass quickly!!

Michelle said...

Thank you to your entire family for your service. This just makes me so sad! Hang in there, mama! And I love the daddy doll too, and see no problem with having a 'hubby" doll as well!

B. said...

I love her face pulling out the plastic. Too cute! I have given so much thought to getting the huge cardboard popup of my husband while he's gone. But I think it'd be weird for people coming over. LOL. Hope this deployment flies by for you and Emerson.

Christy Isonhood said...

Tammi- I am so glad you shared this. Precious! Please know our whole family is behind you and here if you need us. We pray for him and Gary every day that they will be safe and thankful for the sacrifice they make and all the other men and women serving our country.

Christy Isonhood said...

Tammi- I am so glad you shared this. Precious! Please know our whole family is behind you and here if you need us. We pray for him and Gary every day that they will be safe and thankful for the sacrifice they make and all the other men and women serving our country.

Rebekah said...

I LOVE the idea of the daddy doll and I already have it written down for whenever we go through our next deployment! I really think it is harder on the guys during a deployment. I had family and friends to visit and be with but he didn't have anyone. Praying for you guys!

KellyDiane said...

You are so strong, Tami! My heart breaks every time you talk about Jesse being gone. You are doing great though. Hang in there!

Lyndsey said...

Oh I love that doll and her reaction to it is SO sweet! I hope Jesse gets to see the video too :) Praying for you and for the days the pass quickly!

Megan said...

I have been thinking about you guys!! Keeping busy sounds likes it would help! And love the daddy doll! I must get this once jacob goes!

Mandy said...

Ok well I am officially crying over here now. So glad you guys get to talk to him almost every day. Hopefully the days will start to fly by. Maybe on the weekends you could start a "tradition" where you pull ideas from a hat of things to do. Like go to the zoo, library, rent a movie, get ice cream, etc? Love that she has her Daddy Doll to be with her until the real one comes home!!

Beth Ann said...

I just commented on a previous post asking how she was doing before reading this. Oops. ;) I have seen the daddy dolls- so sweet and such a great idea but also put a lump in my throat! I'm glad E likes it and it seems to be bringing her comfort! So precious. Is it weird that I don't really think it would be weird to get yourself one? Ha! I seriously think I might get myself one if I was in your shoes! ;) I'm always just an email away if you want to chat. Praying for you girls and Jesse!

ajs {of MN} said...

aweeee that doll is such a great idea- her instant love for the doll is adorable! i def think you should get one too ;)

Mateya said...

And now I'm crying too! That is sooo precious seeing her love on that Daddy Doll!

When Robbie left, the Family Rediness group in his unit gave each one of the kids a little camo backpack that says "Little Airman" on it and it was full of fun things like coloring books and stories on what to do when you are missing someone. Inside of it was also one of these dolls like that where you can put their picture in it. It was so sweet and Hayden definitely loves his too!

Jessica Blair said...

Girl i cried TWICE watching that video!!! The first time alone and then again when I showed Marshall.... so precious! Ahhh my heart breaks that your family is separated right now! AND CONGRATS on a new baby girl!! I would LOVE Lila to have a sister to be best friends with! I'm so so happy for you guys! I wish you lived closer so we could come visit or you visit us! Let me know if you come this way at all! You are always welcomed to come stay with us if you need to get away for a bit!!!! Miss you lots!! XOXO

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