We’re deep into this deployment, and I have been struggling to find ways to keep my husband up-to-date on everything that has been going on with the baby. Literally, in the past week she started crawling, standing up, drinking from a sippy cup, and drinking out of a straw. Can you saw developmental growth spurt?
One of my good friends just welcomed home her husband from his third deployment, and with three girls under the age of ten, she always seems to have great ideas on keeping the family experiences intimate, no matter how many miles may separate them. She suggested that I keep a weekly journal, with pictures, so that my husband could catch up on everything with the baby. I love this idea, but I wanted it to be current; I couldn’t figure out how to get the journal to him, and then back to me again, without losing a bunch of time in the middle. I thought about doing an electronic journal, but I wanted it to be tangible. There’s something to be said for holding a picture of your daughter, versus looking at one online, right?
I have a friend who is a representative for Send Out Cards (https://www.sendoutcards.com/119999/) and she has sent some really creative, thoughtful cards to us in the past, so it got me thinking….what if I created a picture card “journal” from the baby and sent it to my husband each week. I’m sure that other sites do picture cards as well, so if you already have one your comfortable with that’s great, but SOC is really cheap, and easy.
Each week I find photos of the baby that I haven’t already emailed to my husband and I make a journal, from her point-of-view to be sent to her daddy. It’s so much fun to imagine what she would say, and to put it into text. I know that it will mean so much to my husband when he sees, not only that he has mail, but that it’s “from” his daughter. This week I had an extra side (we do a tri-fold card), and I added a page from our first baby: our dog. I know that will bring a smile to his face, and really, what’s more important than that?
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