Life as a "single" military parent is much harder than I remembered. G.I. Joe moved back home from Fort Dix when Lucy was 6 months old. Back then she didn't really understand what was going on. She just knew that Daddy came home one weekend a month. When he left again it really wasn't a big deal.
Now when he goes to drill for a weekend she'll "punish" him a little while. For all of 5 minutes when he gets home she'll glare at him like "Oh...its just you." She's over that pretty quickly though and we all laugh about how dramatic she attempts to be.
This time around is a bit more difficult. I guess she has been sensing that Daddy was packing up to leave for a little longer. He'll be gone for about 3 weeks to WLC. Yesterday morning the acting out started. She'd push him away when he tried to play with her or she'd just pout in a corner and moan for me if I left them in a room together. Its hard to watch because I know they are missing each other so much already. G.I. Joe knows this is going to be normal though for the foreseeable future since his job requires him to leave home often.
For those military wives reading this (or if your husbands have other jobs that take them away from home overnight)...how do you handle these situations when your children get to this point? I didn't expect that we would be dealing with this quite so soon since Lucy's only 16 months.
I can't wait to see this again in a few weeks.
G.I. Joe swears he didn't do it...
But I don't believe him.
Somehow Mommy's sweet ballerina dancing princess learned to stand at Parade Rest for minutes at a time.