12 weeks. That’s how long I was on maternity leave after my son was born. While I was pregnant, I was promoted to sergeant and I re-enlisted for another 4 years. That would get me to 10 years..half way to retirement! I was thrilled to be getting back to work and looking for new adventures, though I’d miss my son terribly. My husband was still working nights and the house was quiet at night. The baby in my room at the foot of my bed in his cradle. So sweet.
4 months. That’s how long I returned to work before I took an honorable discharge. My husband thought it would be best for me to discharge and we’d move to Kansas where his family lived. It was a very difficult decision but at the time maybe best for my family. When both parents are in the military, custody comes into play for your child. Who will care for the child at times of war, deployment? We needed someone who could take our child at the drop of a hat. There wasn’t anyone. His family was in Kansas and mine could barely take care of themselves. The saddest thing was for me to discharge in December. My husband also did, the following March. Looking back at the situation, I wish it would’ve just been my husband to leave the Army. I desired so deeply to keep going. I only need 14 years. I know that sounds like a long time. But really, it isn’t. I could’ve done it.
Each family makes a sacrifice. Consequences and circumstances arise and decisions are made. Think long and hard before leaping with both feet