Hi friends! Happy Tuesday.
I’m over here suffering from a little bit of writer’s block alongside taking care of a sick little one. As we were going about our Monday morning routine and I was picking Maxwell out of his crib to get him ready for daycare, I could tell he was really warm. Sure enough, he was 101 degrees and I stayed home from work to take care of him. Parenting can throw you unexpected curve balls.
The only good thing about having a little one that is not feeling his best is that he is so darn cuddly. He just loves to be held and rocked. I wish I could just take it all away, but if being held by mama makes him feel better…I’m happy to do that all day.
My husband’s sweet husband and daddy support made my day and inspired this blog post. He ran to Walgreen’s to pick up more Infants’ Tylenol before leaving for work. When I was thanking him for that, he said, “No, thank you for being the best mama to Maxwell and for taking care of him today.”
He just melts my heart, over and over again. And it is his simple gestures and kind words.
One story that popped into my mind last week is from before Drew and I were even dating. We were next door neighbors and friends in college. He came over one day, and was in my room looking at all of the pictures I had displayed. Drew was asking the sweetest questions and genuinely interested in my family, friends, dogs, etc. etc. It was to the point that our other friend Brad was like, “dude, you’re being weird.” But I thought it was the sweetest thing. There has always been this caring side to Drew and I’m lucky to know that part of him so well now.
When we became parents, we had many talks about how we needed to focus on coming together instead of growing apart. It was and continues to be a conscious effort. Because heck, parenting can get a little stressful and there are times when you are running low on sleep and patience.
But we’re better together and try our best to stay hand and hand through everything life brings our way. We’re equal in the relationship and we’re equal in our parenting responsibilities.
I strongly believe in telling the people that you love, that you love them. Showering them with encouragement and support. Making them feel loved and good on a daily basis, whether this means a simply thank you or doing something to make their life a little bit easier that day.
One thing I wanted to share is that I know it isn’t just Drew and I that are enjoying a fruitful marriage from treating each other well and working together. Just the other day at work, my coworkers were sharing all of these awesome stories about how great their husbands treat them and giving examples of the things they do around the house. It was such a welcomed conversation to be a part of because I think a lot of times we hear negative things about marriage or people talking badly about their significant other.
You don’t have to be married to take this message to heart. Simply: how are you treating the people around you? Are you making them feel good? Feel loved? 🙂
I hope everyone has a great day! I’ll be snuggled up with our baby boy again.