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My hubby and I have been through one deployment, and I feel like I have learned so much. Here are a few things we have tried, and are planning to try on the next one. Depending on which branch your LO (loved one) is apart of, some of these tips might not apply if you have constant communication with your LO. The following tips below are ones that have worked for us. I would LOVE to hear any additional ways YOU stay connected with your spouse during a deployment.
- Continue to Snapchat your LO: If you do not use Snapchat you can also take photos on your phone and put them in a special album titled “show LO when they return”. When your LO gets cell service again it’s nice to get them up to speed on what went on when they were gone. This will make them feel like they didn’t miss out on much.
- Keep a List of Stories you Would Like To Share with your LO: So, there are many times when my LO was gone and there was a special story I wanted to share with him and I would of course forget it by the time he returned. I like to type up a sentence in the “notes” section of phone so I remember what I wanted to share with my LO when he was gone.
- Write Small Letters of Encouragement to your LO: Before your LO leaves write a few letters chatting positive words and how proud you are of him. Include a few photos, and even chat about topics not related to work. Everyone has their bad days, and when your LO can not pick up the phone to call you it would be nice to have a note they can open to lift up their spirits.
- Try Something New: While your LO is away try a new restaurant in the area, or even a new hike. Plan to do this as soon as your LO returns. It will make them feel extra special that you planned a date for them.
- Read The Same Book Together: This is my favorite one. Plan to read the exact same book while your LO is gone and write down notes (have him/her do the same). When your LO returns you can chat about how you liked/disliked the book and chat about the notes you wrote down. We are planning on reading Faith Forward Future by Chad Veach. I have heard TONS of good reviews about this book.
- Record your LO reading a Baby Book: I got this idea from a friend. If you have a little one record your LO reading them their favorite baby book, so you can play this when they are gone so your little one can still hear their voice.