This deployment is so very different from the last one Jason and I experienced.
Then: I had a two year old and was pregnant.
Now: I have an eight year old and an (almost) six year old.
Then: We were living on a military base, surrounded by hundreds of other people with similar stories, but no family.
Now: We are living minutes from several family members, but no military.
Then: Jason had to be driven to a separate base to call home over a scratchy connection on the day I had the baby's ultrasound.
Now: We can chat via a video call from his barracks room pretty much any day our schedules match up.
This deployment is so much harder in so many ways, but this one thing makes it SO much easier.