When Ian worked at other accounting firms, I always longed for him to be able to work from home. I had the ability to work from home and I thought it would be fun to play office from the comfort of our couch. Obviously, that was before Bella was born. Little did I know how much of a pain working from home can be, for both Ian and me. Recently, Ian has been working from home... a lot. I'm sorry to say, that I am looking forward to the day he returns to the office.
Having Ian home disrupts the daily routine Bella and I have established. She calls or cries out for him because she knows he is home. It's like she has a sixth sense about where her daddy is! We have a home office, but it's upstairs, in close proximity to Bella's room. During nap time, she can hear him talking on the phone or typing away on the computer. For this reason, Ian usually sets up shop at the dining room table, because it's downstairs and he has plenty of room for his two laptops and his extra monitor. This usually works best for all of us because Bella and I spend most of our time in the family room and she doesn't have a direct view of her beloved daddy.
I'm sure it's not easy for Ian to work from home. Barking dogs and a shrieking toddler must be an awful distraction. Hearing the Bella's little voice call out, "da-da" is hard to ignore and Ian usually responds to her. He's not some heartless man, who is going to ignore his little girl, so I can't blame him for responding to Bella. I find myself asking him to do little things, here and there when he's home. I ask him to run upstairs to get more diapers or watch Bella while I make her lunch. It's not fair for me to do, but he's home... right?
During "busy season" (which seems to be all the time), working from home is the only opportunity Ian has to actually see us. I really appreciate the extra effort Ian puts into spending time with us, especially during busy season. We're entering a very busy time of year for Ian and he has already worked some ridiculous hours over the past few days. He's even preparing himself for an "all-nighter" on Friday because of some obnoxious (in my opinion) deadline the client set. We have several obligations this weekend that cannot be missed, so he's getting all of his work finished by Saturday morning. He will probably be a zombie at the wedding we're attending Saturday, but at least he'll be able to attend!
And I'm by no means complaining about Ian's job because I am VERY, VERY thankful for Ian's job. He has worked very hard to get where he is today and he will continue to work hard to get to where he needs to be tomorrow. Over the years, his hard work has paid off in terms of promotions, raises, bonuses and accolades by his colleagues and superiors. Not only does his firm appreciate his efforts, but Bella and I do, too.
Ian works hard... period. Ian works hard in order to afford me the opportunity to stay at home with Bella. I enjoy being able to stay at home with Bella and I also enjoy being able to do things with Bella. We have more and do more than most people dream of and it's all because of Ian's hard work. All of this being said, I am very thankful for Ian and all of his hard work. I probably don't express nearly enough gratitude, but I truly am blessed to have such a hard working husband. Thank you, Ian!
Well the day is getting away from me and we have plans later this afternoon with my very good friend, Dawn. Dawn and I don't talk on the phone as much as we used to or see each other every day as we used to, but it doesn't matter. The time we spend together is always quality time and I am looking forward to spending with Dawn this afternoon!
Ian, Kim & Bella
P.S. We're ready for Hurricane Irene this weekend. It's going to be a weekend of wind and rain. Ah, the joys of hurricane season.