My husband is doing pretty well lately. Although today/yesterday were really hard for him since he had to miss our son's second birthday. He has missed almost all the birthdays in our little family since he joined up 6 years ago. And it makes him feel really sad, upset and depressed.
We are now 32 weeks pregnant with our third girl, fourth child. He has leave scheduled for just before my due date for two weeks. I am working on getting a note that will say I need more than two weeks of help after the birth (what with the three other kids and all). The people in my parish can help me a great deal. But there are somethings that I really need him for- middle of the night nursing sessions and diaper changes, help getting bathed (I tend to feel pretty faint for a few days after delivery so normally I have him hang out in the bathroom so that I can call if I need him) and the like. We have been told that they are looking "favorably" at the idea of allowing an extension at the moment. But that is hardly an assurance of approval in the future.
My labors are pretty fast (last active labor was an hour and a half) and I confess to being more than a little paranoid about this labor and delivery. I have to have someone that can get here almost immediately to watch the older three and then find a way to the hospital. So if you could pray that everything will work out and that I will relax and not worry that would be great. This baby will be born one way or another, but I would prefer it weren't at home with my eldest daughter acting as midwife
If I could hold out to go into labor until after my husband is home (but not too long after as he has a limited amount of leave and I need as much helps as I can get) then many a fear and worry will be relieved.
The kids are doing really well with the deployment. And there is a job that could possibly station my husband here in the states for a month or so after his leave is over. This would not mean that we could see him, but it would make video chatting and talking on the phone possible. And it would be wonderful for us all if he could have this position so we could stay in touch better- at the moment we just IM everyday. And to be able to hear his voice would help so much after he has to go back from leave, especially for our son.
Thank you for your prayers