My Dad was a carpenter and had tons of these when we were growing up. When my first child was born 43 years ago, (!), I wrote numbers and letters on each of them. I used them as flash cards- we had very little money. Just a thought! They really lasted a long time.
Such a cute daughter and a great dress idea. Glad to hear you will be with your husband again. Tell him THANKS for serving our country, and THANKS to you, too, for standing in as a single parent while he was gone.