Celebrating Dad’s First Father’s Day…for the Second Time
I’ve been reflecting a lot on my life lately especially in the area of parenting. Maybe it’s because I’m finally coming up for air since having Owen seven months ago or it’s a natural result of comparing life with a newborn now versus five years ago when we had Olivia. So recently when I was reading the e-family news article – The Art of Being a Father – it got me thinking about how my husband’s role in the family has changed this time around.
Rather than staying at home and working part-time, I am now a full-time working mom. Aside from the logistics of child care and work schedules I have to admit that I was not at all prepared for the drain on my time that goes along with adding an infant to our family dynamics.
And selfishly I’ve been focusing on me. It’s easy for me to complain about taking on the bulk of responsibility for making sure the family has food to eat, clothes to wear, friends to play with, etc., etc. I’ve been known to grumble under my breath (and likely drop a couple of F bombs) as I cleaned another toilet or folded a basket of laundry at 10 p.m.
What I have completely overlooked is how my husband’s world has changed this year. And, again selfishly, I have given him absolutely zero credit or even a thanks and a nice hug. This weekend he is celebrating his first Father’s Day – for the second time – and I owe him. BIG TIME.
A Thank You to My Husband on Father’s Day
- Thank you for getting up early every day and coordinating your work schedule so the kids are home every night by 5 pm
- Thank you for taking on Olivia’s bedtime routine (it’s not an easy one!) so I can spend snuggle time with Owen every night
- Thank you for always remembering to get dog food – she would have starved to death if I was in charge
- Thank you for overlooking the fact that I haven’t cleaned the shower in *I’m embarrassed to say* amount of time
- Thank you for coordinating family outings on the weekend so I don’t spend the whole weekend running errands
- Thank you for patiently helping Olivia learn to read and encouraging Owen to stand on his own – they’re going to remember these times with you more than what they did in daycare
- Thank you for those random hugs you give me when I’m washing dishes – they mean more than you know
- Thank you for a zillion other things that I am forgetting
And finally thank you for overlooking the fact that I have fallen short this Father’s Day on getting you a gift unless by some miracle I figure out how to squeeze this in before Sunday. At the least, you will be getting this thanks and…a hug.
- E-family news: The Art of Fatherhood — Parenting Tips for Modern Dads
- Bright Horizons Online Community: Father’s Day Gift Ideas
- Bright Horizons Online Community: Father’s Day Activities with a Baby
- Read more posts about Father’s Day from the Family Room bloggers