Give Your Spouse A Break, They Need It

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    I am someone who likes my schedule extremely organized. However, as much as I value my routine, I know it sometimes hinders me. I used to wake up at 5am every day so I could have my time in the morning: eat breakfast, have coffee, hang out with the dogs, and workout before the day got started. I would try to do this routine almost every single morning. When Baby Bird came along I wanted to keep the same routine.  Now even if I can't get the same stuff done in the morning, I still try to get up at the same time.  Reasoning?  Getting up this early allows Mama Bird the opportunity to sleep in without her subconscious mind listening for Baby Bird.  Therefore making these few hours the most restful for her.

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    There was one particular night that was especially exhausting as Baby Bird was up almost every half hour throughout the night. Being set in my routine, I sometimes struggle with my own stubbornness to break it - even if I know it will benefit me in the long run.  In saying this, I’m also not someone who handles lack of sleep very well.  In the middle of the day Mama Bird could tell I was getting more and more grumpy and noticeably struggling.  She came up to me and said “You need to go for a nap this afternoon. It’s not an option. Don't worry about anything, just go sleep it off.” So I went and had a 2 1/2 hour nap and was a completely different person afterwards. That nap was absolutely necessary for me to get back to being a better husband, father and overall back to normal sanity. I was so appreciative that Mama Bird recognized this that I have since given it back. In saying this, remember to give your spouse a break because they need it. You’re a team and sometimes you need to pick up the slack when your teammate needs the help.

                                        - Papa Bird

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