Overdue Thank You on Father's Day

Sunday is Father’s Day, so I have to take a moment here to talk about my partner in this wild ride of parenthood.

I must say that it is sometimes hard to remember that Kyle — my husband of six years — has also gone through a dramatic life change since the birth of our first child last year.
I mean, it’s hard to muster loads of sympathy when he complains about not having enough “me time” when I’ve given up a career, a body and a self-image in the past year.

This bitter little resentment of mine started when I was 8 months pregnant and would jerk awake at 2 a.m. out of discomfort to undergo the 10-minute ordeal of turning over. I would see Kyle lying there asleep — so happy, so peaceful.

So, I would hit him.

Not like a punch or anything, but I’d rearrange my pillow so it just happened to smack him in the face and then I’d say something concerned like, “Oh, I’m sorry honey, did I wake you?” I know, I’m a bad person. I’m not denying it.

But the point is, Kyle has put up with a lot from me while I’ve been making my way as a new mom. So, on this Father’s Day I have my Top 3 overdue thank yous to my husband, who is turning out to be one heck of a dad.

1. Thank you for taking Nicole on Saturday mornings because I say I feel sick, even though we both know it’s because I want to finish the third book in the Twilight series.

2. Thank you for saying, “What muffin top?” when I tried on my new jeans last week and they cinched my excess belly skin so tight that it bulged over my belt.

3. Thank you for pretending not to notice when you come home some days and I’m still in my pajamas, Nicole has chocolate all over her face and a bag of Tostitos has been ground to dust into the carpet.

Tell us some of our Father’s Day thank yous. And don’t forget to share them with him!

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