We had a conversation the other day.
Me: "At least you get a break from work every now and then."
Husband: "I work so that you don't have to."
Rocking fussy baby to sleep: 6 hours per week
Nursing and feeding kids: 20 hours per week
Food Prep, Cooking, Baking: 21 hours/week
Part time online job: 10 hours/week
Part time blogging job: 11 hours/week (yes, that would be Eco-Babyz)
Additional time I spend on work because of interruptions and not being able to just sit down and finish a task I started: 2 hours/week
Wiping butts and emptying potties: 2 hours/week
Dressing children and doing Baby E's hair: 2 hours/week
Laundry: 6 hours/week
Cleaning: 6 hours/week
Dishes: 6 hours/week
Refilling water filter: 1 hour/week
Taking out recycling: 1 hour/week
Taking kids outdoors: 7 hours/week
Teaching: 7 hours/week (reading to toddler, writing letters and numbers, etc.)
Calming crying babies: 4 hours/week
Walking with Baby T: 7 hours/week (he can't walk without holding my hands yet)
Building forts: 1 hour/week
Listing Craigslist items for sale: 30 minutes/week
Time spent thinking about/planning what we're eating for the next meal: 1.5 hours/week
Hobbies (photography): 2 hours/week
TOTAL: 124 hours per week (paid in kisses, hugs, and love)
Having a husband who works 50 to 56 hours a week so that I can 'stay home' and do all of the above: PRICELESS!!!
Do you have a hard working husband? Isn't it tough to put yourself in his shoes sometimes? How about him, does he realize how much work you do at home?
(PS: It has been brought to my attention that some people may understand this sarcastically - that I 'work' 100+ hours and my husband works 56 being priceless. I REALLY DO MEAN THAT. It is incredibly priceless to me that he works really hard so that I can stay home and enjoy raising our children! In no way did I mean that he 'works less'. I am so lucky to be able to stay home and work from home and I know he appreciates the work I do!)