New Air Force Wife

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am a new Air Force wife, my husband actually left for BMT this past Tuesday. He signed as enlisted and was given the job of munition systems. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of some good resources because I would like to do some studying of my own while my hubby is away. We also have a 2 year old daughter and I was hoping for some suggestions on helping her cope. I saw somewhere about making a paper chain link and removing one chain a day, but I don't know if she's old enough to understand that concept. Should I wait to try potty training even if she shows interest because of all the changes and stresses that occur during the first year?
Sorry about all of the questions, but I'm feeling a little overwhelmed and lonely! Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks :)

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Michelle - posted on 07/30/2010

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I know that many base libraries have books and videos (like Elmo) talking about daddy being away, but he is coming home soon. My husband is about to leave on his first deployment. I will definitely be checking out those videos and books!

Also, when my husband went to BMT, It was difficult, but I sent him a letter every day, just telling him about things we did all day. I sent a picture in almost every letter (I am a photographer, so that's a normal thing for me). My son who was 2 1/2 at the time would randomly ask where daddy was. I just told him that daddy was at work. I never cried in front of him or acted upset, so he wasn't upset either. Good luck! When the time is in front of you it seems like forever, when it is behind you, it's not so bad.

One more suggestion, if you can, try to do something every weekend that you look forward to doing. It's like setting a bunch of small goals to achieve a big one. The time will go by much faster this way. And if you can, plan something big at week 4 or 5. I went and visited some friends out of state. When I got home I felt like I was on the downhill side

Christena - posted on 07/21/2010

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My friend had her husband take their son to go make a build-a-bear and put a voice box in it of him talking. He is deployed for six months and his son is coping really well :]

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