We love how Courtney not only sent some adorable photos but also told her story for this installment of “Meet the Moms”, so we’re going to let Courtney do the talking! Thank you for sharing your story with us and congratulations, again, on your sweet family!
“Hi! My name is Courtney. My husband and I were high school sweethearts. We have been together for almost 6 years and married for 3 of them. After 9 months of marriage my husband wanted to join the Navy as a nuclear engineer and shortly after we decided we wanted to add a little addition to our family and shortly after our year anniversary we found out we were going to have our little Henry in December. A few short months after Henry turned one we found out we would have another little man in our lives starting in July. A few months after we found out that I was pregnant my husband did his first deployment. Thankfully about half way though the command sent my husband home to make sure he would see his son born. Which turned out to be a great thing because our little Dean came a month early! I am a 23 year old stay at home mom and we live in Groton, CT.
I heard about operation shower when Commander Cragg called me and asked me if I would like to attend. When I heard about what the program was I was incredibly excited and couldn’t wait to go!
Operation Shower was one of the best parts of my pregnancy! I was truly humbled by all the people and companies that wanted to help out military moms. The generosity of people is something I will never forget. I will always be grateful for not only the gifts I was given at the shower but for showing me just how amazing some people in this world can be!
I think the only advice I could give other military moms-to-be is that communication is key. Its already hard enough with your husband being deployed but don’t shut down or think your “bothering” them but emailing them all the time about your pregnancy! They really do enjoy knowing all the details.
Some great ways to give back to military families to get involved in out reach programs that don’t necessarily just benefit the entire family. PTSD is one of the worst things that can happen to a family and its something that everyone can get involved with and easily help out our military men and women.
Being a military spouse takes a special kind of woman. It’s a hard life. Birthdays will be missed. Anniversaries, weddings, holidays, and special occasions are going to be missed more often then not. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. My life with my husband has been a wild adventure thanks to the Navy and its made our life extra special. You always have to look on the bright side of things and Operation Shower makes that easier. It gives us strength to keep on fighting on the days where we miss our husbands so much it hurts. Thank you so much Operation Shower! You have made this pregnancy extra special for my family.”