June 18, 2010

TGI... What day is it anyway?

          One thing I have noticed since I bid farewell to the working world is that the days are basically all the same. Monday does not get me down. Nor does Friday generate the excitement it once did. For the most part, one day is just like the last. And the next...
          When my daughter was a newborn and I was in a constant state of severe sleep deprivation, my husband liked to tease me by asking, "What day is it today?" For the record, I always knew. Both of the week and of the month. I may have put the sugar in the fridge and the creamer in the cupboard. Or given the dog the cat's breakfast. But I knew what day it was. It just didn't matter.
          Every day, seven days a week, I get up when my alarm clock goes off. Otherwise known as my toddler. Who seems to be waking up earlier and earlier the older she gets. I am not liking this trend at all. I prefer to rise after dawn. Not a morning person!
          Each day is a little bit different. Monday is class at the baby gym. Wednesday we go to story time at the library. Friday, right now, means it's swimming lesson time. We generally have some type of activity every day during the week.
          The weekends no longer mean I get to sleep in. They generally don't involve going out, either. In most ways, they are just like the rest of the week. Except my husband is home. And we can partake in activities together. I very much love the weekends for that.
          Weekends are family time. I cherish it so much that I take a break from writing and social media to focus on being together. Even if all we do is hang out around the house, it is special time. And it goes by too quickly.
         Because I remember what it meant when I was working, when Monday morning rolls around I try to be as cheery as possible and wish my husband a good day. And I make sure I offer up a hearty TGIF when the work week is coming to an end. Family time on the weekends means something to him, too.
         While I certainly have my less-than-blissful moments, and have been known upon occasion to gripe (a little), I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be home with my daughter and have all my days blend together. I know our life would be much more hectic and stressful if I had a full time job.   
          And as we prepare to celebrate Father's Day this weekend, I'd like to thank my wonderful husband for supporting our family and giving me the opportunity to stay home. Babe, I love you and appreciate you more than words can express. You are all I could ever want in a partner and more. Our little girl is so lucky to have you as her Daddy. I love the life we have built together, and look forward to all that is to come.
          Happy Father's Day to all the great dads out there!

7 comments:

  1. I know what you mean. Since I decided to be a SAHM I'm constantly asking, "What's the date?" or "What day of the week is it?" LOL!
    I feel very blessed to be home though, too.

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  2. Very sweet sentiments to your hubby :)

    I have a calendar on the fridge so I know what the date is. I can usually remember the day of the week, but the date definitely escapes me.

    Mondays are still hard for me because not only does DH go back to work after the weekend, but he plays basketball after work, so I am the parent responsible for Mungee the WHOLE day. (He usually gives her a bath - my least favorite baby task).

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  3. @ Jennifer - It's not for everyone, and I definitely understand that. But I think most women who do it feel it is a blessing.

    @ Mungee's Ma - My hubby gives DD her bath each night, too. Not b/c I don't like it, but it gives him a chance to spend time w/her. He doesn't see her much during the week. Her bedtime routine is their chance to bond. While he is doing that, I clean up from dinner/the day. So once she is in bed my "work" day is over!

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  4. I can definitely relate! I love staying at home with my boys, and wouldn't have it any other way, but it is certainly a 24-7 job (even though, like you, I'm done at bathtime...well, except to put one of the babies down). When I got up this morning, I thought, I wonder when I'll ever be able to sleep in again... I know I have many of those days ahead of me, and I should just enjoy this time now, but boy was I tired! :-) I love your "no writing or social media" policy for the weekends. My hubby is still working on his masters so that will be hard for me, but it's a good goal. Maybe no media during daylight hours...

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  5. @ Stacey - I look forward to the day I can sleep in again. I guess when DD is a teenager? LOL

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  6. Very sweet post :-) I can totally relate. Since staying at home i have become a compulsive scheduler. We have some classes & scheduled activities during the week also and they help to distinguish one day from the next. But at times I have gotten really crazy and scheduled our at-home time during the week. At the moment - now that my kids are 4.5 and 2.5, i am much less compulsive about the schedule and as long as i have at least one thing on my calendar for the day i am happy. Even if that's just going to the grocery. (ps, I still generally have to check my watch to know the date AND the day ;-)

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  7. @ PJ - I like to make sure we have at least one activity a day. At this stage, I don't think it does my daughter any good to just sit at home with me. She needs opportunities to stimulate her body and mind, and to socialize with other kids. She also tends to function much better when we follow a predictable schedule. Flexibility is not her thing at this point. LOL I have learned that the hard way, so I am pretty strict about keeping to her schedule.

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