Sunday, May 17, 2015

Paternity Leave

Tonight our family is wrapping up the last day of Conor's paternity leave.  He told me that the last two weeks have been the best of his life (how sweet is that?!), and I couldn't agree more!  Being able to have him home with us as we adjust to life with the newest member has been incredible.  Not only has our love grown even stronger, but he has bonded with Liam more than ever before!

While I spent the first week resting & baby snuggling, Conor had the opportunity to do all the fun things that Liam & I typically fill our weeks with!  There was a trip to the zoo (complete with far more treats than Mom ever gets).  A morning at the truck park (with another father & son...a man-date if you will).  A swimming adventure (again too many treats afterward).  A crazy day at Liam's favorite "jump around place" (where Conor played just as hard as Liam... I tend to sit back, relax, & simply watch).  Puddle jumping on the rainy days & sandbox digging on the sunny ones!  Those two were busy, busy, busy!  And that doesn't even include all the adventures we took as a family during the second week!

I, myself, was pretty spoiled too!  I woke up to a gourmet breakfast almost every day!  Lemon poppyseed pancakes.  Eggs benedict.  Crepes.  Eggs & bacon croissant sandwiches.  Omelets.  I don't know how I will adjust back to a morning of some simple granola & yogurt.  He nailed breakfast and took care of all the rest of our meals too; clean up included!  And just when I thought he couldn't get any more amazing, he even would manage to bathe both the boys while I relaxed in the tub with some candles & wine!

This post turned into a little bit of a brag session, but Conor honestly deserves it!  He works so hard to provide for our family and allow us to live the lifestyle that we want.  He's also one of thee most hands on dads that I know!  I'm so proud to call him mine!  The boys (love saying that!) & I are so sad about sending him back to work tomorrow, but luckily we have a huge summer vacation not too far off!  I can't wait for that big getaway!

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful two weeks together as a new family of 4!! Sean's started doing breakfast on Saturday mornings and I absolutely love it! Good luck this week with the littles!

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  2. Wow you have quite the husband! Liam must have been in heaven doing all those fun activities with his dad, and the extra treats never hurt either! Noah had a lot of daddy time this weekend and it was so nice to see them bonding all on their own and to see Noah excited to go off on their own (he usually wants me to come too).

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  3. What a great start to life with 2! Hope all continues to go well with him back to work!

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    1. I hope so! At least my mom is here for this next week!

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  4. Wow, sounds like you both enjoyed the heck out of his paternity leave. I'm so glad he was able to be there for you in the first two weeks, to pamper and help out as well as get some quality time with his family. The breakfasts sound so amazing, totally jealous, lady! I'm so happy for your sweet family!!! <3

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  5. This all sounds amazing! :) Hope life continues to be so good to you. I can see a little bit of Liam in little brother in the picture with just him and daddy!

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  6. You're one lucky girl! Reading this made my heart happy. Conor is one of those amazing dads that I will keep in my back pocket for a dad - doula teaching idea I have. He's part of a small very special group of dads. You have 3 great boys! I love you all so much! Xoxo

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    1. Thanks Jessica; you are far too sweet! Nor would love to help out at anytime! We love you!!!

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  7. You're all so special! I hold all four of you at a very high regard. Reading this made my heart very happy! Xoxo

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  8. Conor definitely deserves some brag time! I'm going to show my hubby this post for when baby #2 comes... the breakfast & tub/wine time is a must!! You are very lucky to have such a hands-on hubby/dad and so are your boys!!!

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    1. Ha, definitely show him! And I do feel so very lucky!

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  9. What a guy!! Will he come teach Nick how to cook? ;) So glad you've been able to have this time off together as a family of 4! Sounds like it was absolutely amazing!

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  10. How special that he was able to have those two weeks with you all :) Adam is a pretty hands on Dad too, I feel pretty lucky in that sense. I mean gourmet breakfast every morning though, you've got yourself a winner ;)

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  11. Totally deserving of a brag post! Sounds like a wonderful way to spend paternity leave. And clearly he enjoyed the heck right out of himself too. So nice I'm sure to enjoy time as a family and time with Liam alone too. Those breakfasts too!! lucky!

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  12. Yay! I am so glad he was able to take some time off.

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    1. Me two! Two weeks was just perfect...although I would always take more!

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  13. Yay for awesome husbands/dads (and personal chefs)!! :) Sounds like it was such a fun and great way to start life as a family of four!! Dan was also able to take off two weeks after each baby and it was such a special time, but it sure does fly by.

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  14. I wonder who had more fun during their week of activities: Liam or Conor!

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    1. I'm not sure! They were too adorable together!

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  15. UMM Dad of the Year Award over here! How awesome is he! You are one lucky lady. Sounds like he and Liam had the BEST time on the father/son week together! And I agree... sometimes I think my husband is the more fun one! While I prefer to sit and watch sometimes, he gets in there and rough and tumbles with Mason! That's what dads are for :)

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  16. Love this and so happy your hubby got some much deserved time off and bonding time!

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  17. Oh this is the sweetest!! What an amazing husband and daddy! I'm so glad you were able to have him home and that he could soak up that time with Liam (and spoil him rotten, isn't that what dad's are for? Now we know why they are the fun ones, HA!) while you all transitioned into a family of 4!

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  18. I am sure Liam had a great time with Daddy! What a wonderful few weeks together! Xo, Stephanie

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  19. aww this is a lovely post and he deserves all the bragging!! how wonderful that he was able to take off work for 2 weeks.

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  20. Ummm...WHAT?!!! You maternity leave sounds AMAZING and nothing like the one I experienced. If I ever have another kid, I'm hiring your husband to come take care of us. :) You got a keeper.

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  21. This is too sweet! So glad he was able to take time off! Love the sweet pictures you captured! xo

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