Thankful Thursday – June with Daddy

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Life isn’t perfect. As a result, there will always be something to complain about. By the same logic, however, there will always something to be thankful for. For that reason, this post focuses on gratitude.

I’m thankful that my husband was able to take (and actually took) June off to bond with our daughter.

First my husband used 2 weeks of parental leave right after the birth of our daughter in November. Then he took another 4 weeks of leave for the month of June as well because I had to go back to work on June 1. While I thought he was a great guy before, it was then that I knew I had married a keeper. Many fathers in California qualify to take family bonding leave, but not many (that I know of) actually take the full 6 weeks. What a guy!

I was sad and nervous about going back to work. The #MomGuilt was unbearable (who knew?!). It turns out June 1 came… and went, and I was okay. Granted, my first day back was very busy. I was also deeply comforted by the fact that my daughter was spending June with Daddy.

It was a big month for both of them! My husband finally caught a glimpse of what my life was like for the first 6.5 months. Also, he was embarking on new territory. Seems like became very mobile and active during that month!

He got to watch her develop new physical and verbal skills. She got to grow and bond with her dad at a crucial point in her life. She hit a lot of milestones during this time with Daddy. She got better at crawling. She learned to push herself up to standing. She started forcefully rolling over in both directions. She discovered her ears, and she started saying bababa and daddy and fafafa.

As I prepare for the #MomGuilt of sending her to daycare, I’m reminded to be thankful for the time I got to spend with her. Additionally, I am grateful for the fact that she got this time with my husband.

I’m thankful for each:

bottle he fed her;

new food he got her to try;

diaper he changed;

time he “wore” her in a baby carrier;

nap she took;

smile they shared;

belly laugh he got out of her;

time they enjoyed some fresh air and a stroll; and

time they learned something about each other.

In conclusion, everyone in our family is better off because my daughter got to spend June with Daddy. I am very thankful for that!

Two things Daddy recommends: Dr. Brown’s Bottle Set (to keep air bubbles out) + LILLEbaby Airflow Baby Carrier (for ventilated babywearing)

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10 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday – June with Daddy

  • March 24, 2017 at 8:26 pm
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    This is the sweetest idea I’ve heard. What a great Dad for stepping in and taking some time with your baby. Not only did he allow the baby to have an extra month at home before starting daycare and get some special one-on-one time with her, but he also got a true taste of what it is like for you to have been taking care of the baby too. You two make a great team.
    Thank you for linking the post to the #allformamas link party. I have shared this to facebook and google+

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  • March 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm
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    Wow! You were so lucky he was able to do this! Going back to work is so hard. How much better to have dad at home doing childcare during your first days back? And good for child and dad to bond.

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    • March 30, 2017 at 4:42 pm
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      Thank you! The transition back to work was much easier knowing my daughter was home with her dad.

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  • March 30, 2017 at 3:59 pm
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    aw how sweet! as someone who is married to a soldier, deployed every 6 months, you are incredibly lucky!! good for you for scoring such a great guy. lucky for your daughter to have such an amazing dad! so much to be thankful for!

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    • March 30, 2017 at 4:41 pm
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      Indeed. I’m very grateful. Thank you for your comment and for your family’s service and sacrifices for this country.

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    • March 31, 2017 at 3:29 am
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      Yes, I’m glad for the time I got but also supremely grateful that my husband got to bond with her and watch her grow!

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  • March 31, 2017 at 4:39 pm
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    that is so wonderful! We were lucky that my husband has two months off when our son was born, so they could bond

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  • March 31, 2017 at 6:32 pm
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    This is a beautiful post. It’s wonderful that your husband has turned out to be such a great father as well-what a wonderful treat to receive in the midst of your marriage <3

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