Friday, April 16, 2010

Sad Day

Today I'm a little on the sad side because Jeff goes back to work on Monday. Jeff has had 6 weeks off for paternal leave. I'm so grateful he gets so much time off work when a child is born. The down side is that I get so use to and comfortable with him home that I never want him to go back to work. He has been a huge help (beyond anything I can write) around the house and with the girls. He has single handedly taken care and entertained the girls for the past 6 weeks. They just left to go to a water park in Anchorage. I am pretty jealous actually. He's fed them, given them their baths every night, put them to bed, reads to them, taken them places, and done the grocery shopping with them. They will be sad too come Monday morning when they see him dressed up and go out the door to work. He's also been a big help around the house. He's painted our kitchen and living room, put hardware on the kitchen cabinets, hung pictures, cleaned his office, taken down the christmas lights, shampooed our carpet and couches, and many other little things that I'm sure I'm forgetting. Jeff has let me sleep in and fed and played w/ the girls in the morning. When I come down the stairs, most times than not I have seen the girls playing together and Jeff washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen. When the girls have been taking a nap we've been able to read together, watch a movie, clean the house, and talk together. It's been a luxury and now he has to go back to work. This new way of life has led to 2 ideas.
#1: I'm thinking that retirement should be earlier in life like 25-40 yrs. old when a husband and wife have a family to raise. All I know is being stay at home parents or retired whatever you want to call it has been wonderful. The transition to a 3rd child has been nothing but joy.
#2: This is probably everyone's idea or question....how can we still make the money we're making, but not have to work? Isn't our work raising children to know right from wrong, being good citizens, learning to read and work well w/ other people, being patient, kind to all people, and a million other things? Money really should grow on trees...in moderation of course.
Back to the purpose of this post.....I LOVE JEFF!

8 comments:

Alice said...

You're SO LUCKY! 6WEEKS OFF! Jared took..um 0 days off. He actually pulled several all nighters the week Finn was born...up all night we me in labor and then the next couple of nights were spent working on a deadline. It was AWFUL! Thank goodness for Mom's. But that's life with a start-up I guess.

Kirsten said...

Sad day indeed!

Coordination Queen said...

Very sad day. Jake took a week off of work which I thought was fabulous. I wouldn't know what to do with 6 weeks!

Anonymous said...

Jeff is awesome!! I was there; I know!! He is the true meaning of "help-mate." The thing I like about it is he is always in such a good mood, fun and eager to please the ones he loves. You are a lucky woman, Lauren!

Luisa said...

What a man! Yeah, the end of the 6 weeks is a tough one, but sure is wonderful while it lasts.

Bryn said...

I havent been on here for a while so I had to do a little catch up tonight and my goodness Levi is cute, I love all of Jordyns winks, and I am so glad you got to have your husband for 6 weeks...that sounds like heaven! We miss you guys!

Jamie said...

what a lucky girl!

Monster Mary said...

Wow, sounds like a great deal. Mike's never had more than maybe a day or two off when we've had babies. What a treat.