A letter to my husband…

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I cannot believe our little man is 6 months old. It seems like just yesterday that we drove from the hospital to our new home (using the sat nav as we didn’t know the best way to get there).
And now, as we are now planning our shared parental leave, it’s made me think about my return to work. It’s just under 6 months away, which seems so soon; too soon. Some people tell me I will be desperate to return to work by then … I am not so sure. If this six months is anything to go by, it will be here in a flash and you’ll have to look after me as you know I’ll be upset when we drop him off for nursery for the first time…but looking after me is something you do every day.

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I think this experience has made us stronger and more of a team. It’s not been an easy time! So, I want you to know that I love you. I love you now more than ever.
I’m sorry if sometimes I’m a little preoccupied or feeling low as I’m tired or if I forget to ask about something important. I am trying; it’s just my mind is all over the place at the moment.
I’m sorry if at other times I bombard you with a million and one questions like “how was your day?”, “what did they say?”, and “what did you say?”… you are my window into life outside my little mat leave bubble.
I’m sorry if I’m grumpy and I snap at you… you know I don’t mean it.
I’m sorry if I am messy and silly. You know that I’ve always been messy (and silly) and the thing is I finally don’t have to pretend to be serious anymore. I bloody love it.
But what I am really want to say is thank you!
Thank you for everything big and small – for the karaoke machine you bought me for Diwali… so I can still enjoy one of my favourite things, thank you for driving me up to Newcastle and back again to see all my best friends and their babies (you know how I miss them), thank you for drinking prosecco with me, even though you don’t like it… and thank you for still saying I look beautiful on three hours (if that) sleep.
In this world of shared parental leave and equal opportunities, I need to say thank you for this special time I’m having with our son. I know it’s not easy when you go off to work and I get to experience all these new things with him. It might not be a bungee jump or a sky dive but it is a bucket list experience and I wouldn’t have this time with him without you providing for us. So I’ll try to send videos and keep you updated with our day but I know it’s nowhere near the same, and I just want you to know that we miss you just as much as you miss us.
So here’s to the next six months. I’m so excited that we get to share him for a little bit and I can’t wait for you to see this cheeky chap every day for a month!
Here’s to our adventures…. big and small. Thank you for making it all possible x
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