Last week I went back to work full-time after a month of "paternity leave". My month off left me contemplating the sweeter things in life- like making cookies with my children.
Ever since I have been married and had children, I have been working and going to school- usually both at once. Now I work full-time at a busy, national law firm with offices all over the country. I did not realize how much I am missing until I, for the first time ever in my life, took nearly a full month off from work to play Mr. Mom. Sure- it was stressful, even for that one month, to be the main caretaker for the older three children so that my wife could rest and give nearly her full attention to the baby. But my time with the precious little ones was delightfully sweet, and it has made returning to work unbearably difficult.
During my time off, I had the privilege of making valentine cookies with my daughters, and frosting them with all my children. I had so much fun watching my youngest daughter "make" the cookies (and she just basked in the attention from her father- it feels so good to be adored… )
After making the cookies, I got to watch the girls enjoy the frosting.
Now that I know what I am missing out on at work, it makes the day that much longer until I can come home each evening- hopefully before the kids go to bed. I hope that I can remember the cookies and other sweet things even as the hours at work start ramping up again (I was immediately staffed onto three largish cases upon returning to work).
I miss my family during the day!