My husband and I share parenting duties. He changes diapers, bathes our children, and tucks them into bed just as much as I do when he is home. We both take turns being the “bad guy” when it comes to disciplining and telling our children no. When it comes to our kids we both believe in the hands on approach. I am a little less hands on at 5am.
Have I mentioned before that I am not a morning person? Let me put any questions of my morning cheerfulness to rest, I am so NOT a morning person. I am even less of a morning person at 5am after having been woken at 12 am and 3am as well.
At our 5am feeding my little guy usually requires a diaper change. I nudge my husband who has gotten to sleep through the night, and let him know it is his turn to take care of the babies needs. Since I am breast feeding, my husband cannot feed him. But since he doesn’t have to be up with him at every feeding, he is on diaper duty after the 5 am feeding. My husband usually changes his diaper, hands him back to me, and leaves the room to get coffee and the morning paper and get ready for work. If my newborn decides that he will not go back to sleep and he is ready to be up and active at 5am it is time for mommy to be up and active at 5am.
This morning I fed my newborn, nudged my husband, and fell back asleep. I woke up two hours later when my husband came in to wake me for Steven’s 7 am feeding. He had taken our newborn, our toddler, and our nephew into the basement to play so mommy could have some uninterrupted sleep. I couldn’t believe it! I got to sleep a whole 2 more hours, and I didn’t even have to ask.
What a great way to start the day!
As Father’s Day is approaching, I thought it might be nice to take a minute and share something that your father/husband/significant other has done that you appreciate.