This week your dad is traveling for work. We've been fortunate because he's been home most of 2009. He will be traveling a lot in the next few weeks and I miss him just thinking about it.
Samuel I want you to know that I could not be more proud of your dad or more thankful for him. Over and over again I think, "I couldn't do this alone. I couldn't be a single parent. I don't know how single moms do it."
I love you oodles and oodles little man, but parenting is tiring, long hours and a lot of work. There are rarely breaks, no holidays and no 'time off the clock.'
From day one of our marriage, your dad has said that we are a team and marriage is about partnership. That was true for the past 8 years and it's true even more today. Taking care of you is best done as a team...it makes me a better mom and your dad a better father.
And what a dad he is! Samuel he thinks about you constantly when he is at work. He shows off pics of you on his computer and Blackberry. He tells people when you roll over, smile and giggle. He misses you so much. Sometimes I wonder who he misses more...me or you?!
But I am so grateful that he loves you so much and takes such good care of you. At night he feeds you, changes you, puts you in your PJS and puts you to bed. All weekend long he takes care of you. He misses you so much while he is at work that he tries to get his fill of you at night and on the weekends. He washes all your bottles so they are clean for me every morning. He loves to make you laugh.
How did we get to be so lucky Samuel? To have such a fantastic dad and husband?
Lets tell him what he means to us:
Ryan we miss you dearly sweetheart. I am so grateful for your partnership in parenting. It is one of God's greatest blessings. You make me a better mom and Samuel adores you.
He hasn't grown one inch since you left and he won't until you come home.
Thanks for working extra hard to provide for us. Thanks for allowing me to stay home and raise our son. Thanks for loving us both so well.