Deployment: 9 Months In
I think we are both at the point where we are really, really, really over this deployment.
The first month Q was gone was hard. It was frustrating trying to adjust to Q's new schedule and we had to adapt to communicating a lot less than normal while keeping our relationship strong.
Months 2-6went by so quickly. We got in a groove, talking every day or so and planning Q's 2 week R&R which made us both really excited. Q was able to talk almost everyday and we emailed and shared pictures constantly.
Then R&R came and we had such a great 2 weeks together, really reminding each other why we love each other.
Month 8 was spent reliving our great trip and laughing a lot.
And now month 9. And we are over the deployment. Q got a promotion (yippee!), but with that promotion came new communication issues. We are able to email and GChat a lot, but not talk on the phone as much. There is always a big group of people waiting to use the phones when Q wants to talk and the phone lines are really staticy, so sometimes when we are on the phone I have to ask Q to repeat himself 3-4 times (not very fun). But honestly, any talk time is better than none and we recently worked out a new schedule where I wake up a little earlier and he calls a little later and it's been PERFECT (knock on wood).
The good news? Q has around 80 days left until he redeploys (aka comes home). He spends his days organizing the logistics for his company's return to Alaska and both of us couldn't be happier. To think that we are already 3/4 of the way done is insane. The time has just FLOWN by. Also to know that in the future, Q will only deploy for 9 months makes me so happy (9 months is definitely my tipping point). This last month has been the hardest by far. For some reason, it just sucked. But I couldn't be more excited to get through the next 80 days and start planning a trip up to Alaska for his homecoming!
Q and the Bear Deodorant Holder I got him for Valentine's Day. I know, we are so romantic right? But seriously this is all he asked for for Christmas and I didn't get it for him since I thought it was a joke. Joke it was not (he wouldn't let me live it down). So Valentine's Day gift it is!