Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sweet 7:30

Its 7:35pm and I plop down on the couch and give a deep long sigh of relief....After a long busy day of go go go I'm exhausted and energized all at the same time (if that makes any sense) My crazy fun-filled day with my little bear has worn me out and I'm ready to just relax and spend the evening with my hubby. Now you may think7:30 is an early bedtime and or maybe that Im a mean mom, but I don't see it that way. And here is why....The way I see it is this, Ive spent an entire day of: baby talk, nursing, laughing, singing, changing diapers, changing clothes, cleaning up after a messy eater, chasing my very fast crawler all around the house, throwing him up in the air at least 100 x cause its his favorite, peek-a-boo, reading books, stacking toys, picking up toys only to take them out again, cleaning up the toilet paper all over the bathroom cause that's his other favorite thing to do, playing outside, swinging, horse play, running around town to different classes and activities, walks around the block, cleaning up snot, cleaning up spit-up, rocking, cuddling and kissing my oh so sweet baby boy. Whew!!!! I'm tired just writing it all down, but you see as most moms are, IM EXHAUSTED and I'm pretty sure its safe to say, so is Oliver! I love every moment of this fleeting time I have with my son I even selfishly pray it lasts forever and I am sooo blessed that I am around for every cry, every smile, every laugh, every everything with my son, but at the end of the day I will admit that sometimes 7:30 cant come soon enough!

But here's my main reason why 7:30 is sooo sweet:

The house is quite and its just me and my hubby, time to pick up our feet, relax maybe enjoy some desert together (okay who am I kidding I have desert every night) and just talk about our day and be adults (okay we mostly talk about Oliver) and every 10 mins we glance at the baby monitor just to watch him sleep. But all the same, its nice to have this time together and we look forward to it....We need this time...we love this time... and Cherish this time.
However, things weren't always this way for us, for along time after Oliver was born we didn't make time for each other we ran ourselves ragged and crashed as soon as our heads hit the pillow and probably said a few short sentences to each other the entire evening and sometimes on the weekend if we didn't have a million things going on we would actually spend time together. But it wasn't enough, we realized that our marriage had to come 1st (after God of course) Once we realized this, with lots of prayer, we made a huge change and so when I say "Sweet 7:30" it is with a grateful heart that we have made this time "OUR time". We absolutely love and cherish our time with Oliver and love being parents and hope to add many more to our family (Lord willing) but the Lord laid heavy on our hearts to make it a priority to spend time with each other...It may not be a fancy dinner or a night on the town but its US and that's all that matters.

In my short time of being a parent I have learned some valuable lifelong lessons (most not the easy way) and "Sweet 7:30" is one that I am soo thankful for and its my prayer that as we grow as a family, through the years that we would always remember US! As I heard a wise women say this week (who was actually the one who inspired me to write this post) "Parenting is passing, but your marriage is forever" so take care of it...

okay okay, we really need an updated pic


  1. Jessica, Jackson is in bed by 7:30 also! Our marriage became a little harder to maintain after Jackson was born! We also enjoy this time we have together! Thanks for the post!

  2. Megan I remember u telling me jackson went to bed at 730 and thinking that was really early, but about a month ago we changed Oliver's nap schedule and 730 was his new bedtime and it has been soooo nice!!!! I tell Scott hopefully we can keep this bedtime all through his HS years lol

  3. what a great post jess!!!! Nick and I don't have a "sweet 7:30" but after reading this I think I may have to introduce this new concept! Thanks for a great tip!

  4. What a great post. God is wonderful and this post has helped me to realize alot, since Cohen was born, everything is crazy and we dont take time for eachother, Thank you Jess for this.