I feel like the past week and a half have been super jam-packed between the 3 of us having a cold, spending time with friends and family, dealing with wedding stuff, taking care of Olivia’s obvious requests to be “outside” (we’ve had glorious weather!) and most importantly, the little time we get with Dominic. He has been super busy at work lately, working longer hours than usual, and coming home super tired.
In fact, we’re both super exhausted. Worn out. In need of relaxation.
Last night we took a little walk because it was SO beautiful out and we wanted to have a little family time, but our neighbor kinda walked with us, so we didn’t really get to talk much. Then we decided to take a late night family drive, because I had to drop something off at my sister’s house, and I drove so he could relax. We didn’t talk much on our drive either because he could barely keep his eyes open. Poor guy.
He hasn’t really had time to spend with Olivia. When he comes home, she’s sleeping. He’s been pulling back to backs (working night shift, next day working an early morning shift), and you can tell that she really misses him all day. She says “da da” a lot more than usual.
Sometimes it is so hard. We’ll go days without having a real conversation, or not being able to talk during the day, or Olivia not being able to see him for more than a few minutes when he goes to put her back to sleep in the middle of the night, before we wake up and do it all over again. It becomes an unfortunate routine for a few days before we finally find ourselves with short fuses, yelling at each other and then realizing that we need some time for our little family to recharge, reconnect, and regroup.
That’s how it’s been the past week and I am so ready for Operation: get our family back.
Usually he works in the evening, but today he worked the morning shift. And tomorrow he has the day off. Which means that once he gets home from work, he’ll have a day and a half off and I think it’s safe to say that we’re both pretty excited about it.
We have a bunch of small plans such as having our Lost party (finally!), coffee dates, cleaning the house, a few trips to Target, and the most important thing: having some very much needed 3 on 3 time.
I am always so grateful for all he does for us, and I am always sure to make sure he knows it. But it’s time like these that make me ten THOUSAND times more grateful for him. I know that it’s not easy for him to not see his little girl for more than a few minutes a day or be involved in the things we do, but I know that he’s working his ass off now, so that later on he can spend ALL of his days with us.
And that last sentence really does make all of our hardships worth it, even on the days that it feels the opposite.
Olivia and I have to get through a few more hours (we’re counting down!) until we get to see daddy. We have a few small surprises in store for him including a nice dinner and his most favorite dessert, and a night time bike ride seems kind of perfect too.
If you try calling or texting, and I don’t answer, it’s because I’m selfishly enjoying family things ;)
I hope you all enjoy your Tuesday!