while i was lucky enough to have my husband home for half of the week, it went by far too fast. we enjoyed our local breakfast restaurant spot with the rest of the retired couples at 9:00 in the morning. it was at breakfast that we received the news from our T-21 blood test. the genetic counselor said that everything came back within normal limits for baby. a relief for both of us, but a good part of me won't believe it until i am holding our baby in my arms.
i watched my husband un-pack and pack back up and realizing all those army bags will soon disappear again. we both are so happy to that he has this opportunity to go and financially it will help us catch up on things we want to pay down and save up for (hello vacation, can someone finally say honey moon?), but we both know the bitter part of what's to come. on friday i had scheduled an OpLove session with the fantastic Bobbi of The Salty Peanut Photography (credit for the photos for this week). this was the sneak peek she sent us. i am in love with these photos already, and i know that they will be ones i cherish throughout the rest of this deployment.
the last night together, i had to be at a wedding rehearsal, but afterwards i sped back home to spend one last dinner with the husband. our favorite Japanese Steakhouse place. enjoyed some cooked salmon & avocado sushi, shrimp fried rice and clear soup. i spent the rest of the night on the couch with Harlee as i watched my husband double and triple check he had everything he needed. as we laid in bed that night, with Harlee literally laying on top of both of our feet, i realized this is the last time he will be in this bed for quite some time. i broke down. cried harder than i thought i would, in his arms.
the next morning a friend came to pick him up because i had prior commitments to photograph a wedding all-day. the day of his send-off ceremony. seriously, our timing has just been so off this entire pregnancy. but i was glad to keep busy the entire day, and i spent the night at my parents house to help. while i know it will be hard, it won't be much different from what we have been doing the past 7 months, with him away for training. we have gotten good at text message communication and the glorious thing they call FaceTime. i just hope the days, weeks, months go by quick.