Is your week going well? I had to take a breather earlier this week since Sunday we hosted my sis-n-law’s baby shower here and those parties are so fun, but also take a lot of time and energy. We are so excited to welcome another baby into our family, I can’t wait!! I was up late on Sunday night cleaning and getting the house put back together so I could start the week fresh. So, house is all clean, the laundry finally got folded and put away
and now we can focus on this, the last week of school!
Everyday is something at the school to celebrate the end of the year, and on Thursday we have kindergarten graduation. I’m a sappy mess right now! This is such a big milestone for our son and family. You’ve heard a lot about our baby girl lately, but the six-year old is still just as important and so very loved. We couldn’t be more proud of him.
It felt like a major accomplishment on Tuesday to get up and have myself and both kids ready and out the door by 7:35 a.m. for a kindergarten parent appreciation breakfast. I remember the daily grind of getting James ready as a baby to take to daycare and myself for work- it’s not easy!
Which brings me to today’s post about parent appreciation. This new life of having a young son and a newborn baby girl has shifted around lots of things in our lives. I’m truly enjoying our baby so much and I’m accepting that, for now, I can’t do as much as I used to in my days
. But, I have a confession.
If you were to ask any of my friends what my best quality is, they would probably say that I’m so genuinely nice to everyone and very uplifting and positive. I’ll listen forever and truly care about what you have to say. I have to admit though, at home, I haven’t been so nice lately and I feel bad about it. I’ve been frustrated that I feel like all the baby duties seem to fall on my shoulders. I’ve joked to my husband, but you know when you’re not really joking, “Hi, have y’all met? . . . Meet your baby girl!” . . . “Remember that day on February 18, when you had a daughter??!” and I know he doesn’t appreciate it. It’s not fun to live with those kind of sarcastic comments. That’s really no way to help the situation and shouldn’t the person I live with get my best treatment? If I need more help, I should just ask for it directly. And I know you catch more bees with honey!
When I think of all the ways my husband IS a great Dad, and so helpful around the house, I feel like a loser for getting resentful that he’s not as hands on with the baby right now. #heyI’mhuman
I guess we have to play to our strengths and work as a team and it’s true that I’m better with her at this age. And more obsessed anyway! For our family’s sake and my sanity, I needed to apologize to my hubby and turn my attitude around and just soak up all this special one-on-one time with our sweet girl.
But, even if he’s not up in the middle of the night with Jordan, doesn’t mean he’s not full-time with James. On top of working long hours, he’s coached all of James’ sports since he was in PreK3.
And he’s a great coach, very patient with all the kiddos and a good teacher at home.
When I see him up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning assembling James’ new, two-wheel bike, it makes me smile and I’m so happy that James has such a great Dad.
James is learning to ride a two-wheeler, big fun for a little kid!
James’ shoes | Dad’s shoes (similar)
And Dad is getting lots of exercise running along side him!
When I was pregnant with Jordan, one of the things I worried about
was us getting left out and my husband and son getting to do all these fun things together. In the short 3 months she’s been alive, I’ve already learned that, if we want to be included, we just need to tag along! Of course it’s harder to bring baby on outings and maybe we pick and choose which ones we go to, but we’re a family and I want us to stick together. #mostofthetime
Even in the rain. Wouldn’t have minded missing this one! It ended up pouring!
I realize that having a new baby isn’t just an adjustment for me, it’s an adjustment for all
of us. And the best blessing in the world
, for sure. I’ve come to learn that the “not so nice” parts of our lives that we struggle with are universal and I know I’m not the only woman in the world to feel like she’s shouldering so much of the load with the baby. #pleasetellmeImnotalone!
What I’m working on is appreciating all the things my husband does do and all the ways he is a great Dad. I know that will make not only him happier, but me too.
I thought I had my Father’s Day gift locked down
, but after looking at these pics, seems like I could add another thing to the list!
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