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When we first started dating, I would stay up half the night to spend time with Rick. And then on those weekends that he stayed in Springfield at my house (at first he lived a little over and hour away, then it was about 2 1/2 hours after we got engaged), he would rise early with me to have coffee.
Yeah, we were totally duping each other.
I turn into a pumpkin by about 7:30 p.m. every night, and am in my pj's by 6:30 if I can get away with it. Many nights he gets the bed ready for this old grandma and tucks her in and then goes in and watches t.v., works, balances his checkbook, etc., etc., etc.
Rick, well let's just say that if I'm still drinking coffee at about 11:00 a.m. on a Saturday (when he's gotten up, if we have nothing going on that day) he'll stand in the kitchen and watch me drink it.
My point in all of this is to say, I'm as thrilled that he likes to stay up half the night as he is that I get up at the crack of dawn. And this is why.
I like to go to bed early, but will easily pop up with a scared or sick child in the middle of the night and will gladly get up with the first one out of bed in the morning, even if it's before daylight. Rick's not a morning person, so he loves that!
Rick gets his second wind every night at about 9:30 p.m. I've completely checked out by then. So, when we have teenager at a football game or movie or get together at some friend's house, he will happily go pick them up at whatever time they are done.
Like last Friday night. He and I were watching t.v., catching up on some DVR'd shows. Our oldest was at a football playoff game and then hanging out with some friends. I was down for the night. Somebody had to drive into town to pick her up. It's a given that Rick will be the one to do that ... not because I tell him to, but because he volunteers because he KNOWS I may not even be able to make it up that late to do it! If she was needing to be taken somewhere at 6:00 a.m., I'd be there! But I am so thankful that he does the night shift. This will especially come in handy when she is a little older and actually has a curfew later than 9:00 p.m.
Even when our babies were first born, I just couldn't do that treacherous 10 p.m. - midnight shift! So, I'd feed the baby just before 10:00 and he'd send me to bed and bounce that fussy one until it was time for the next feeding around midnight. By then I was good to go, ready to take the middle-of-the-night-through-early-morning shift. I was so grateful to him for taking care of them late at night. And I'm still just as grateful that he does it now that some of them are teenagers!
So, although this seems silly, Rick Rocks ~ Because He's a Nightowl!
See other rockin' husbands at Katy Lin's blog.