Monday, February 23, 2009
Baby journey #1: underway
Yes, the truth is out: we are expecting Baby Baxter #1. Blogging about it feels a little redundant because it's all on Facebook, but at least I can now use this as an outlet to seek advice, share fun bargain finds, and document this crazy journey we're on.
For those of you who aren't aware, my husband Wayne is away in New Brunswick for most of the year training in the Armed Forces. After much deliberation, we decided it was best for me to stay here and not move out there at this point for a number of reasons. The main one was to make sure I have a full support system of family and friends here who can usher me through this life-changing experience of becoming a mother. I will visit him in April/May, then he may be home for a couple of weeks in July/August, then hopefully will make it home for the birth (no guarantees), and then again for Christmas. At this point, we will (hopefully) receive our official posting message and move to one of the five predetermined destination bases in Canada where Artillery Officers work. Yes, we'll be moving across the country (or at least half of it) with a 4-month-old in the dead of winter. FUN!!!
Some of you will inevitably think we (or more specifically, I) are crazy. Maybe we are. Maybe I am. But I also know that couples who have gone before us, your grandparents and mine, have endured much more difficult, heartbreaking family separations, some for years. Their relationships depended on letters that may never have reached their destinations, on information in the newspaper, and muffled radio reports heard through the filter of air raid sirens. A girlfriend called me "brave" and "strong" last night, for agreeing to follow Wayne as he pursues this dream and aims for excellence for this little family of ours. I consider myself blessed to have a man who would even want to put himself in this position for me and our child, who puts our well-being above his heart's cry to cuddle with me as we fall asleep every night. Short-term sacrifice for long-term gain has been our motto since this adventure began. I haven't thought twice about it since he left the first time on August 30 last year.
Wayne is so excited to be a dad and I know he will be one of the best. Those of you who know him know I am not just saying that because I am biased. He is the real deal - he has already taught me a lot about what's important in life, and what is not. He continues to lead me down a path of love, commitment and dedication to our family and our home. I am so grateful for him.
Let the journey begin!