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"Wub Yu!"

It is hard to believe we are less than two months away from Dean's MOS graduation. We started this journey when our son was just a teeny, tiny newborn. And by the time Hubby graduates, Nathaniel will just be one month shy of being a year and half. In that "short" time span, Dean learned how to speak, read, and write fluently in Arabic. I say that's pretty darn awesome!

I briefly mentioned yesterday how Marines are mandated to attend extra study hall during the last eight weeks of their class. So on top of seven hours of regular class, he has to go back to work for 2 hours three nights on weekdays and another two hours on Saturdays. So that means 13-14 hours work days since he still has to PT with his squad at five in the morning.

Well, the little one seems to have a hard time adjusting to the new schedule. Nathaniel is still asleep when his Daddy walks out the door at 4:30am to go to work.

So when my husband left to go back to work two days ago after a quick family time and early dinner, Nathaniel wanted to go with Daddy. He even grabbed his father's lunch bag to take with him!

This brings so much happiness to my heart and tears to my eyes at the same time. Nathaniel loves his Daddy so much! And I am completely fine with that; after all I'm crazy about his Daddy, too. What makes me sad is that this forces me to think about the big D. Deployment. It's inevitable and I know we have been so very lucky to have my husband stateside and living with us for this long.

Nathaniel said "wub yu!" (Love you!) for the first time as I snapped the above photo. I can tell he really misses his Daddy. Nathaniel spent 30 minutes last night just cuddling with my husband when he got home from work (the second time). I know it's tough on the little guy but I can almost bet it's tougher on the big guy.

So I really am not exaggerating when I say Nathaniel is a Daddy's boy.

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