Today was my husband's birthday. The girls and I made him a Happy Birthday video to watch, which was mostly my eldest dancing and singing "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear, Dear Dear, happy birthday to you...". At the end of the video, it also caught my youngest daughter taking a couple steps towards the camera, which was great, because I've been trying to catch a video of her taking steps, to send to my husband for what seems like forever.
My toddler helped me make the crust for a pumpkin pie we will be enjoying this coming weekend. Well, hopefully we will be enjoying it anyways. When she woke up from her nap after making the crust, and saw that it was no longer on the counter, she said something along the lines of, "Oh no, the kids ate my cookies again!" I don't know who these kids are that she keeps accusing of eating her cookies, but it sure makes an easy out for me anytime I need to hide baked goods. I didn't want to hide the pie crust, because I want her to be excited to show her daddy the pie she made, so I showed it to her and told her she would have to ask her daddy for some when he gets home this weekend. So, at bedtime, when we were video chatting with my husband so he could say goodnight to the girls, my toddler very politely asked her daddy if she could have some of the "cookies" that she made.
Time is a hard concept to grasp, and an entire week must feel like forever, so I can't wait to see the girls' faces when they see my husband this weekend, live and in person. We live on a military base, so there are constantly people walking past our house in uniform. My toddler asks me probably at least once a day if a complete stranger is Daddy, simply because they wear the same uniform. I always do my best to remind her that "Daddy is at work and will be home soon, but that's not Daddy, they just wear the same clothes to work", and in my head, I often add 'Daddy might be a bit offended because that is definitely a woman...' but it is pretty sweet to know she is keeping an eye out for him to come home. I do my best to keep the girls busy, but I also want them to maintain a solid relationship with their dad even when he is away. This is why we have a countdown wall, that the girls and I update together, with a map, and a place for them to pin any of their art work that they want to show Daddy. My husband is also very proactive about calling everyday before the girls go to bed, so he can say goodnight. I know daily phone calls won't always be plausible in future deployments, but it really think it has helped and is a good transition for the girls this time around to hear his voice and see him on video.
I am very grateful for my husband and everything he does for our family. He is a strong, dedicated and hard working man, and I know that I couldn't do all that he does. I can't imagine how hard it must be to be away from home for so long, and still maintain focus on the work and tasks at hand. The girls both adore him, and it's so wonderful to see them light up when they hear his voice. I am so proud to be his wife, and can't wait to spend the rest of our lives growing old together.
Happy Birthday to my amazing husband!