So, yeah. My wife is stuck in the hospital until our second child comes into this world. She’s been there for three weeks and has another week to go. You can read her thoughts on that here. After reading her post, and receiving a little extra encouragement from a great friend, I decided to write a companion post that emphasizes the good things I’ve seen since she’s been away. It’s easy to say that this sucks — that it really screws up our plans — but I’ve never been challenged more in life than over the past few weeks. If you know me at all, you know I like a challenge. So, challenge accepted. Here’s my list.

10 Good Things about Missing My Wife

  1. My son has spent more one-on-one time with me in the last month than the last year combined.
  2. I also found out that I’m some sort of baby whisperer; he sleeps way better when I do bedtime.
  3. My son finally does things with me that were reserved for mommy. Baby snuggles are the best.
  4. I realized that I can survive without my wife — but I have no interest in ever doing it again.
  5. I now know that milk has the power to fix anything.
  6. Bananas are the devil incarnate.
  7. I got to see my mother-in-law since she came to help for a week.
  8. I got to see my mother since she came out to help too.
  9. Our family has been awesome trying to help keep us sane.
  10. My wife is much better at being positive than I am.

Even with all that, I know things could be so much worse than they are now. I’m overworked, tired, grumpy, angry, and overwhelmed by everything, but at least I know that my wife and unborn daughter are safe. This challenge is unreasonably hard, but I’m not dead yet. I don’t want to go on the cart, I feel fine. Oh wait, fine: freaked-out, insecure, neurotic, and emotional. Yeah, that about sums it up.

Josh Carr
Josh founded eciov in 2008 and has overseen it's evolution into a lifestyle site. He enjoys all things digital, art, music, creativity -- anything that can evoke emotion. If he's not working on this site or at his day job as a UX Engineer, he's out riding his motorcycle or jumping his truck on trails in the mountains.
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