Friday, January 23, 2009

Here comes Mountain Phase

    Today was a great day.  To everyone else it may seem insignificant but to me I waited 3 weeks just for today.  Today Todd had an 8 hour pass after finishing the Darby phase of Ranger School.  I picked him up at 8am and was so glad to see him.  He was espescially happy that I brought doughnuts. 
     At home we had pizza and he told me some of the stories about how life is going for them at Ranger School.  The guys only get 2 hours of sleep a night and two MRE's, one at 1am and one at 4am.  They go all day without eating and stay outside all day and night.  It gets down into the teens at night and they convulse in their sleeping bags from the cold.  Todd has been standing so close to the fire barrels to stay warm that the hair on his legs has burned off and his long-johns melted in some spots.  He said that one guy was sleeping and started talking about A-1 sauce in his sleep and the next think they know he's reached for a pile of leaves and started eating them.  Its been really tough going through all this and he's done an amazing job so far.  
    We went to TGI Fridays and Todd ordered two desserts, and to those who know Todd, we know this is not normal for him.  It was so nice just to have him back in the apartment even for a little while.  Its going to be hard not seeing him again for another 6 weeks...at the least, lets hope its not more.  
    Today I am 10 weeks and 3 days and feel really good.  Todd didn't think I looked any bigger than when he left, maybe he's just being nice.  By the time I see him again there will be no mistaking the baby bump.

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