Father's day is coming up, and it's gotten me thinking about the father of my children. Arguably the most important man in my life; without whom, my life would completely different.
My husband is amazing. Not only is he a great father, and life partner, he works his ass off to provide for us. His job isn't easy; he works in obscenely low temperatures (33 to -15 Fahrenheit), 10-12 hour days, 5 days a week. They only get Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day off. In case you missed it, that means he pretty much works all the time. He has to be exhausted 90% of the time, but he rarely complains.
His birthday was a couple weeks ago. I tried to convince him to call in, take a personal day and enjoy a 3-day weekend (because he's worked there long enough to have seniority and gets Friday and Saturday off). (BTW, that's a big deal for us). He refused, because he hates calling in unless he has to. He ended up working 12 full hours and not getting home until about 10:30 that night.
Most nights, he gets home between 9 and 10:30, plays with Connor for a couple hours, maybe helps with bath time, then puts Connor to bed and passes out on the couch. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be able to stay home with our boy (soon to be boys). I would have to work 8-10 hour days and Connor would be back to spending most of his waking hours with his grandmas instead of his parents. I wouldn't get to teach him things and help shape him into a strong, independent, intelligent and innovative little man.
I do wish Hubby was able to spend more time with Connor, because I know he probably feels like he's missing out on somethings, but I also know that he is very proud of who our son is becoming, and who Kylar will be. He steps up and fills the role of the "primary-parent" when he is home, and they can't get enough of each other on his days off. It's freaking adorable, actually. I love my husband for putting us first and making it possible for me to stay home with our children. Our life wouldn't be possible without him.
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