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!
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