It's been a busy 6 months and it's not going to stop any time soon...
Last Fall, my husband was given the opportunity to participate in a Master's Degree program through work. We talked it over, weighed the pros (free Master's from UCSD, educational advancement, potential career advancement) and cons (we're going to have a new baby in the house, extra work, less time at home), and decided that it would be better for him to participate now than in the future when we have an even crazier schedule and, possibly, more kids.
As a result, he now has his full time job working 40+ hours a week AND his 16-32 hours of class time, depending on the week AND ever-changing homework time commitments AND individual finals due every 4 weeks AND group finals due every 4 weeks! Throw in his commute time and as you can imagine, he's not able to be home very much right now...
When he is home, there are bills to be paid, finances to update, honey-do lists to tackle, kids to play with, and a wife to steal a hug and kiss from.
This ridiculous schedule will not calm down until June, when his classes are over. And things will not be back to "normal" until September, when the Master's program is complete.
Meanwhile, I am with the boys. A toddler and an infant. All the time. By myself. *sigh*
There are days at a time when he only sees the boys for an hour each morning. There are days at a time when he doesn't see them at all... I know it's been hard for him. I know it's been hard for me. And I know it's been hard for Monkey. Budsy's too little to know the difference.
I'm trying really hard not to bother him with extra stuff or ask too much of him.
I'm trying really hard not to feel resentful of his "freedom" on my tough days.
I'm trying really hard not to make him feel guiltier than he already does about not being home.
Had we known what we were really getting into, would our decision have been different? I don't know...
I just wish he was able to be here more. I wish he had more energy to play with the boys. I wish he could have a break. I wish I could have a break.
We keep reminding each other that this will ultimately be what's best for our family... But it's really hard right now.