Embracing the Pre-deployment suck

Embrace the suck!

Embracing the Pre-deployment suckI am sure you have heard this phrase before.

Right now I am trying to embrace the pre-deployment suck, and this time there is a lot of it. Right before we left for California we found out my husband was not deploying. When family and friends asked during the trip I had a big smile on my face and was able to tell them that my husband doesn’t have to deploy. That I would not be spending months without him. That he would end his Army career before a 4th deployment. That it was so nice that he isn’t being deployed because I was really worried about if I could handle it this time. I knew in the back of mine mind things could change. But I told myself that this time things actually worked out in our favor. That this time we would get the break. That this time we wouldn’t have to go through it.

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Wrong! I am not sure what I was thinking because as of now my husband is deploying again. Sure this could change but at this point I just have to assume he is. No more thinking we get a little break. No more thinking I don’t have one more big hurdle in front of me.

I am really trying to be okay with this but it is hard.

I am frustrated. I don’t want my husband to leave again. I want to throw a big fat fit about it. I don’t want to have to play Mom and Dad to my three kids, especially my 6-year-old. I want my husband to be there for the times when it gets to be too much for me. My friends are encouraging. They tell me I can do it. As hard as it seems. I can do it. I think back to September of 2007. My husband had been deployed a year and there were rumors of it becoming 15 months. I remember thinking that I couldn’t possibly do 15 months. I couldn’t take three more months of the deployment. Well my husband did get extended and I did make it. I survived it. When I think back to that? I think I can do this because this is not 15 months. I am not in Germany and I have older kids. Other than summer and Christmas break they will be in school. That has to make things a little easier right?

And my 6-year-old is doing really well lately. Really well. He is figuring out how the world works. We still have fits, but they are less common than even 6 months ago. This will be okay.

So here I go…trying to embrace this pre-deployment suck. Trying to get ready for whatever the Army wants to throw at us. I can handle it…right? I can do this…right? It is only for a time. Just a few months of our long life together. Just a little bit longer and deployments will be a thing of the past for us.

And I can always blog about it, right?

Who else is in this pre-deployment stage?


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WAHM of three boys, wife of 12 years, blogger, photography and book nerd.

  • *Hugs* Embrace the suck is right…Blog about the suck as much or as little as you want, pre-deployment, all of deployment and post-deployment (because even if we love having them home, there is a suck period…at least for me and my kids!)

    I hope it’s not too long of a deployment, but you are strong and you CAN do this! You have my support, even if I don’t get online much. I check my email regularly, though it may take a couple days to get it, I will always respond.

  • Jessica (@Deployment_Diva)

    I totally, totally understand. And I know you can TOTALLY do this! I mean, really, look at everything you’ve done already! You’re a pro! You GOT THIS.

  • Spc. Kitchen (Veteran)

    Are you guys getting out of the Army soon? With AFG winding down next year things may stabilize some.

  • Rita

    Hi! I’m sorry you have to go through this again. I understand what you’re going through. We just got our orders last week for another 8 month deployment (hubby’s in the navy). So yes, I understand. Don’t be hard on yourself, you are doing the best you can. I go from being happy to really really sad in one day. Its tough but I know I’ll get through it. Really there is no other choice. Hopefully everything gets done and they get home early. *fingers crossed*