Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In praise of B

These past few weeks have been incredibly stressful ones around here, understandably so. And each day I remind myself how lucky I am to have B as a husband. Honestly, there's no one else I'd rather be going through all of this with than him.

He's done an amazing job of holding down the fort, especially during the five days I was in the hospital. One of the bad things about owning your own business, particularly in real estate, is that it is incredibly hard to just drop everything and take a week off on no notice. There are clients who still need to be taken care of, closings that still need to be attended, new agents who need their hands held, and inspections that still need to happen.

So in addition to taking care of three kids during that week, he managed to also keep working to get business wrapped up so that he could take some time off. Granted, he had help with the house and kids from his mother, but he still did a tremendous amount of work, both at the office and at home. I know it wasn't easy for him. I'm able to arrange my work around nap/school hours, but it's harder for B to do that - when a client calls, the client must be dealt with. He managed to take care of everything here and still spend time at the hospital with me and Elizabeth.

Once I got out of the hospital, things didn't get any easier for B. Not only did he have a helpless wife needing to be waited on, he had to drive me back and forth to the hospital twice a day for an hour each time. And when we were home, he still had to take care of the kids, especially Campbell, who didn't understand why mama couldn't pick him up like she always does.

Things are slowly getting easier, especially since I'm more mobile, but B is still having to do a lot. He hasn't been to the office in days, instead working from the house so he can be here to lift Campbell in and out of his crib and tote him back in the house when he refuses to come inside.

So even though these 2 1/2 weeks have been scary and stresful, I'm very grateful I've had B by my side and on my side. I wouldn't have made it otherwise.


t. Cooke said...

This is a great post. I think you chose well when you were finding a man to marry.

Heather, please let me know how I can help. I will be happy to drive you to the hospital if need be. This is a good week for me.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to you for giving him the public recognition for it - all too often life interferes and it's so easy to forget to say out loud what you think and feel in your heart.

Becca said...

yay for B and good men everywhere.

bernthis said...

EVery mother should show this post to their sons and tell them "See, this is what makes a great husband and father"