To get through this deployment, you need support. Starting with G-O-D. You need people to talk to (family, other military wives). It really helps talking to someone in the same boat. As far as your son, you can tell him that Daddy is doing a very important job, one to be proud of, and that Mommy misses him too. You can have him draw pictures or write in a journal to let Dad know what is going on in life here in the states. You need to make sure that he knows that Daddy loves him and will be back as soon as his job is done. My kids found comfort in praying for their dad every night and meal time and making him things. You two will adjust, and I promise it gets easier. I recommend you stay alert to his feelings, but maintain discipline (you don't want a wild thing when Dad comes home). And always PICTURES! I don't know how old he is, but he needs to recognize Dad. Even if he's older he'll find comfort in seeing him.
at 11:55 PM on Mar. 26, 2009