First time poster, long time lurker.
So my husband will be graduating AIT in late January and we are reporting to our new post in early February. I did some research into the battalion he will be joining and it looks like, out of the 3 companies he could possibly join, 2 are currently overseas and 1 just returned in May. So barring any strange occurrences or emergencies, he probably won't deploy for a while. (I had more details on my math, but OPSEC, so just trust me on my estimation that he should be home for a while.)
Basically, I am wondering if we should start TTC when he comes back next week for Christmas Exodus. I feel like if we were to conceive now, this would be our best chance for him to be here for the entire pregnancy and birth. I know nothing is guaranteed in the Army (I grew up with the Army my whole life, so I know nothing is for sure until he is on the plane) but DH really, really wants to be there for the first birth and at least the first few months. And because we may not have this window of opportunity in the future, I feel like we should take the one good shot we have of him being there for everything.
I guess my fears are that we have just started this Army adventure, so maybe it would be smarter to wait and get used to the new base and this new lifestyle? We have also only been married a year and a half, and I know lots of people recommend really enjoying being just married first. (Though we lived together for 2 years before marriage and have been together since high school, so I know our relationship is solid.)
Other than that we are in a good place. We are both 23 years old and have all of our partying days behind us. We have a great marriage with very few fights. I have my bachelor's degree already and plan on returning to get my master's eventually. DH will be getting his bachelor's while he is in the Army. We have money saved up and are sticking to a good budget. All of our debt will be paid off this month. My father is super supportive and can't wait to start spoiling a grandchild. All of the information points to start trying, but I still feel so anxious about it! Is it just first-time mommy jitters? What would you guys do?
Thanks so much, and sorry for the long post!