So sometimes a change in schedule can be a really good thing.
For the last two weeks I’ve rushed out of the house as soon as possible so I could leave work at a reasonable time and get home to baby E. After the first day when I left and he was still asleep, he seems to have readjusted his schedule. He now wakes up around the time I’m getting out of the shower. Since D is the one who has to deal with him when he’s in a bad mood, I was especially grateful when he said I could say goodbye to baby E knowing how much it meant to me even though it might make his job harder.
So I said goodbye to him … but then he’s miserable all day. And D has a really hard day (harder than just a regular “I had to take care of a baby and barely had a moment to myself” kind of hard day) and no one is happy. So I thought well … maybe I should try feeding him in the morning before I leave. D agreed figuring it couldn’t get any worse.
So this morning I got up even earlier hoping to still leave early enough to get home at a reasonable time to feed and change baby E.
For me it was easier leaving getting to spend that time feeding him. For D it was easier because baby E was happy for most of the day. He took him out to lunch and for a long walk. He went into a store and baby E get flirting (i.e., smiling) every time the saleslady said anything.
So it looks like we all win. I get to spend a little time with my guy (though I’m going to attempt getting up even earlier tomorrow so I can still leave early) making it easier to get through the day. D gets to spend time with a relatively happy baby (he got upset around 3pm) allowing him to do fun things like play and take E for walks. And E is in a generally better mood.
Here’s hoping it still works tomorrow…