Ijust moved back tomilitary landto get a house setup before the Soldier came home from his deployment. A friend of mine was kind enough to let me stay at her home while I went house hunting.During this time I noticed that her son, who is 14 months old, was rather quiet. I guess I just was used to babies talking up a storm but Baby K said no more than a few babbles. She said that he was a little guy of few words, the strong silent type. I know that each child is different from the other so I didn't think it was out of the norm.
Well,herhusband recently returned from his second deployment to Iraq. Yesterday I got the chance to see the family together for a little bit and got a bit of asurprise. Baby K, the strong silent one, was talking up a storm! During the first few minutes he babbled more than he had the entire time of my stay. My friend told me that ever since her husband returned, Baby K had been talking nonstop. I joked that he must have taken a vow of silence for the deployment and knew it was ok to talk again. I couldn't believe how different his personality was compared to a few days ago. The "strong silent type" was gone and here was this talkative, outgoing baby boy.
We spoke for a bit and I told her that based on the changes in Baby K alone, I'm curious to see if there will be any in my two year old. I used to say I was thankful Little H was too young to understand what was going on, as far as the deployment, but that's not true anymore. Sometimes I feel like he's walking around with the weight of the world on his little shoulders.
I guess I didn't realize that deployments are verytough on children regardless of the age. We try to be both parents while one is deployed but it isn't easy.They all know that there's something is missing.Thankfully, homecoming is right around the corner and he'll have Daddy back soon.
How have your own kids reacted to having their parent home after a deployment? Have you noticed achange in their personality?