I have learned many things as a new mother. I’ve gone back and forth on which I thought was more important: patience or recognition.
Sure- patience is super important. You need patience learning the different cries of your newborn, patience receiving unwanted advice from whoever, patience watching people who feel the need to be the one to soothe your baby and it’s not working, patience in your ability as a mother, the list is endless. But I’ve just about decided that recognition is the most important. Maybe that’s because it’s rarely done but well deserved?
My sweet husband is my unsung hero. Does he frequently lack patience and understanding? Of course he does, we all do. But what he lacks he makes up tenfold. He’s hard to wake up and values his sleep more than what seems humanly possible to someone like me that easily runs on zero sleep, but he’s willing to get up when Ezra cries to change him so I can get five more minutes of sleep before I feed him. He works 5 days a week and comes home and works on his Advocare business so I can stay home with the baby if I want to. He takes the baby away from me at 1 am when I feel like I’ve hit rock bottom and need to be admitted to a psych ward so I can lie down and relax. He tries to stay awake or watch tv with me during 3 am feedings. He comes home for lunch everyday just to love on his baby boy and give me the opportunity to nap. He is our spiritual leader and constantly prays over us and for us because prayer brings a spiritual awakening and is valuable to God. He keeps my water filled and makes sure my snack supply doesn’t run dry so I can have the necessary nutrients to produce milk for our babe. He pushed me during school and helped me finish my BSN because he knew how important it was to me.
The list could literally go on and on without ever ending. He loves me for me and I love him for him. He does all of these things without expecting any recognition or anything in return. He is my sanity in the darkness.
And for those reasons, you deserve the world and so much more. I respect you and adore you more than you’ll ever know. Sam Pement, you are my unsung hero.