"It's been a hard days night
And I've been working like a dog
It's been a hard day's night
I should be sleeping like a log"
- Beatles "A Hard Day's Night"
This week has been an interesting one for the family! My husband has been managing a project for a client and the project has been at nights. Which is not his typical schedule at all. I realize there are probably a lot couples out there, military families or medical professionals, that have schedules that conflict and sacrifices that have to be made and I say "kudos, to you all!" Seriously, it's a challenge!
When you are used to a certain schedule and then suddenly things change, you tend to realize how much you really take for granted. Let me give you a quick run down of this week's hectic schedule so you understand where I'm coming from:
Between 6-8 am: Baby wakes up (I get up with baby) at the same time Dad is coming home and going to bed. All day, I'm taking care of baby, running to store, laundry, the usual.
3-4 pm: Dad wakes up. "Goes to the office" literally or via phone.
4-5 pm: Starting dinner.
5-6 pm: Dating dinner.
7 ish pm: Clean up dinner. Get baby bathed and dressed ready for bed.
8 ish pm: Start nightly routine for baby. Bible Story and Nursing.
8:30 pm: Dad leaves for job site.
9 pm: Baby is down for the night. Mom gets ready for bed (maybe blogs a little!)
11 pm: Mom is asleep, hopefully.
(1:30 am) Baby wakes up to feed! She usually sleeps through the night, but this week has been different.
So as you can see, there is really no time to for us to connect and just have some "couple time". Especially with a baby who is so hands on at this point in her life.
There's been no real time to relax together and watch some TV or even have a good snuggle! (and you know I love a snuggle!)
I've really missed going to bed at the same because that is usually when we do our nightly Devotion together and get our quality face-to-face talking time. So this week, being able to just have a hug or a minute to snuggle has been huge. Seriously, huge.
It has really made us realize how precious time together is, and how much for granted we can take it sometimes. Any little time we have had together has been us trying to soak up those precious moments with our daughter, Elsa. We will just lay on the carpet together and play with her or try and read her a story. (she usually tries to eat the book!)
Luckily this weekend, the project ended (early saturday morning) and we were able to spend some quality time and even get in some snuggles and a nap! I'm writing this as my husband catches up on some sleep and "little-little" sleeps too. And because I think I hear her stirring I will end with a quote from one of my favorite movies.
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it."- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
So, take a few extra moments this week to show your loved ones you care, you value your time with them, and appreciate the little things in life with them. They are the moments that are truly precious.