Thursday, December 16

Happy Not A Father's Day!

I only work 3 days (well, nights) a week, but for some reason it feels like I have been working ALL THE TIME lately. Probably because we recently got back from Colorado, then I immediately had to work my 3 shifts, then my shifts were split up. So it would be work... sleep all day because I just worked.... sleep all afternoon because I work that night... sleep all day because I just worked... etc. There was a lot of working and sleeping. Which means there was also a lot of Brit taking care of Corbin all by himself, and Corbin is at the SUPER FUN age where if you're not actively entertaining him, he's fussy. And 6 or so hours into the day with one 30 minute nap, he's often fussy even when you're actively entertaining him.

It's been a little stressful.

So I finally had a couple of days off, and I dubbed Tuesday "Not A Father's Day." I woke up with Corbin, fed him, walked him and the dog, then packed him up in the car with a couple of bottles and headed out for the day. I wanted Brit to have the whole day ENTIRELY TO HIMSELF, without hearing or dealing with a crying baby. We visited my grandpa, drove around a lot trying to get him to sleep, did a little shopping, went to the gym (Corbin did GREAT in the Kids Club for his first time, the workers there were totally charmed), and got home just in time for his last meal and bedtime.

I think Brit spent the day throwing up.

So we did it again on Wednesday, so Brit could actually enjoy the day, but this time we mostly stayed at home- just out of Daddy's way. Tuesday night, Corbin couldn't focus on his last bottle, because he could see Daddy right there and was apparently amazed that he was still alive. I guess he loves best whomever he sees the least.

I think over the course of 48 hours, Brit feels somewhat rejuvenated, and ready to take on the crying baby once again. And Corbin has a slightly increased chance of survival while I'm working.


Heidi said...

When I had my first, I was working 45-50 hours a week, so my hubby and baby were together pretty much 24/7. It was sooo great to them to be able to bond and have that time together, we were actually just talking about how much he loved it, and wished he could have had that with our other 2. :) I think it's good for the Daddy's to have to be the "Mommy's" sometimes!

heather said...

I'm pretty sure that the stage of needing to be entertained never ends - in fact, it gets harder before it gets easier. I'm glad that you're helping one another out! Love you guys!

Erin said...

Good for you for trying to let Brit have some time to himself. I am with Kaitlyn constantly, and my husband is good about giving me breaks, but nursing full time means I can't ever be away from her for more than 3 hours. I'll be excited when she turns 1 so I can have a few hours to myself!