Monday, February 11, 2013

It's been a hard days night (all week)

"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.


  1. Thanks for the reminder! My husband and I have only been married 7 months, and we already have this problem. I'm a teacher which means early mornings and early bedtimes. He works in a restaurant which means late late nights. And rarely any weekends when I'm off. He drives me to work in the mornings and I try to stay up until he gets home. Other than that, our time together is not very often. It seriously makes those few precious moments together very special. Last week was especially difficult, so thank you for the encouragement!!

    1. Thanks for your comment! I know exactly what you mean my friend! And you are both in "newly wed" mode too!!! ( I still feel we are even though I can't technically call myself that anymore. Lol) it's such a challenge! One of the tips I will share, *spoiler alert for future blog post* is that we try to be intentional with each other on a daily basis. What I mean is, that we strive to do something that goes that little extra mile everyday to let the other know how much they mean to us. Whether its a note in a lunch box, a sweet midday text or sitting down with the person and letting them know how truly appreciative we are of them and in love with them. We can never hear "I love you" too much, right!? :) doing that has really made those moments extra special and has kept us feeling connected through the harder times!

  2. Uh I think we can all relate to this at some point in our lives. My husband had a set schedule 2pm-10pm for almost a year, then he switched positions and one day he's working all night then he goes to work in the middle of the day or bright and early in the morning before the cows wake up. It seriously is horrible!!! I'm a night owl, so it's not to bad, but we rarely have a dinner together anymore. I'm just super grateful for crockpot dinners lately :) I'm your newest follower from the Monday hop. Please take a minute to check out my blog and follow me as well at totally_rachel Hope next week gets better and things go back to normal soon.

    1. Thanks for following! That would be a hard schedule and I am totally in love with the crock pot recipes! I'll be sure to check out your blog!

  3. I totally understand how you feel! The days go by SO fast. I hate looking back on my days and seeing myself wanting to get everything checked off my to do list, and hardly actually being in the "moment".

    I am so happy we have connected! Looking forward to more of your blog and happy to be blog buddies now:).

    The Dwelling Tree

  4. My days feel like they fly by lately, in fact, it has been like that for the last two years. My son was born a little over 20 months ago and time has gone by way to quick. I wish he was still a tiny baby; however, I love watching him grow and talk though too.

    1. I know how you feel! It seemed like my pregnancy lasted forever and now she's already 6 months! It went by so fast!

  5. Oh it's like you were singing my life lately with that little song. And you're so right those little moments with the ones we love-- they are savior moments in this crazy little thing called life.

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