Monday, June 19, 2006

My Life Monday - Week 7

I am a bad, bad blogger. I don't know what my problem is. I just can't seem to blog (or check out your blogs like I want to so badly). I apologize and hope to get back into true blogging form soon. But I won't make any promises just yet! FYI, I will be leaving town this Friday for a week and will be sporadic between now and my return. Please don't abandon me completely!

Week 7 - Spouse Spotlight

Mark is such a wonderful husband and father. I am grateful everyday for his presence in my life. I knew Mark would be a great dad because I got to see him in action before we got married. I watched him with his two boys from his previous marriage and he was an excellent dad!

I'll never forget how Mark rejoiced when he found out we were finally expecting. He was so beyond thrilled and went to every prenatal appointment (except one) with me. And he was a champ during labor. My mom told me there is a point in every labor where you want to kill the man who got you pregnant. I never had that moment. Mark read my mind during labor. He anticipated and met all my needs and wants during labor.

When we brought Camden home, he was a smitten man. He fell head over heels for Camden and would stand by his crib watching him sleep on a regular basis. Mark was a rock during the first few months of Cam's life. Although Cam was much wanted and anticipated, motherhood hit me harder than I ever expected. I suffered from postpartum depression. Combine that with my perfectionist attitude (I must be the perfect mom) as well as a constant worrier and I was a mess for the first few months of Camden's life. The first two weeks of Camden's life, I never slept more than four hours in a 24 hour period - and not consecutively either. I was very paranoid about losing Cam and would jump up constantly all night long. And then Cam got colic and would cry for hours on end. Mark was working 50 plus hours a week during this time. He'd come home from a 10 hour day, walk in the door, take Cam from me, and send me off to sleep or rest. He never complained about the added stress on him from worrying about my mental state. He was so good to me and so patient with Camden.

When I went back to work, Mark became the stay at home Dad so he could go to school and finish his degree. I could never ask for better care for Camden. Cam transitions seamlessly from his Dad's care to my care because we have the same ideas for raising children and discuss Cam's routine on a regular basis. Mark loves and adores Cam. I love to watch the two of them interact. I fall in love with Mark all over again when I watch him with Camden.

Yesterday was one such moment. We were nearing the end of our three hour church and Camden was getting restless. Mark took Camden onto his lap and was reading to Cam. I watched him point out animals to Camden and then do the sign that goes with that animal. I watched him snuggle Camden close and kiss his little head and my heart melted once again. Mark is such a good dad!

I really am truly blessed to have Mark in my life. In addition to being a great father, he is a great spouse. I thank the Lord each day of my life for the privilege of being his wife and having his children.

Topic for next week: Choose your own! With me being on vacation and such, I probably won't get much chance to blog. I'll still put up the linky thing so leave me a link and I'll check our your creativity when I get back!

Don't forget to leave your link for this weeks topic as well as a comment! It makes me feel special. :)


Valarie said...

What a sweet post. Isn't it amazing how much love you can feel watching them interact?

Diana - Teacher Mom said...

Mark sounds like an absolute sweetheart. And you can tell from this post that you love him dearly. Thanks for sharing!

Dawnyel said...

What a sweet daddy and hubby! I know that I heard the thing about wanting to kill your spouse sometime during labor...I don't know if it was the fact that I never really WENT into labor, but I didn't want to kill my husband either. :)

smartmama said...

don't you love great husbands! they rock- you are lucky to have each other

Heather from One Woman's World said...

Don't worry. We won't leave. We all know what blog-block is like. Yay for your sweet husband.

Kristen said...

Well, I miss you when you're gone, but I can certainly understand where blogging is not at the top of your list right now! Those beautiful men in your life are! :-) You sounds like you have a wonderful hubby!

beth said...

He sounds wonderful; so supportive. There's nothing like seeing your husband father your child to get you to fall in love all over again.

Glad to see you back and I hope you have a GREAT vacation.

Gabriela said...

What a great dad and husband! So cute he was there at all of your prenatal visits. (I never wanted to kill Guapo during labor either!)

Have a super vacation!

Maine Mom said...

Mark sounds like a great husband and dad!
I think a lot of us are blogging less this summer than we'd like to. Just check in when you can :-)

Nettie said...

I hope you are having a great trip!

Char said...

I tried to play this week. I really, really did. Blogger hates me.

Your dh sounds great!

EmmaSometimes said...

Have fun!!!!!!!!

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