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I have always been the type that had mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. I feel like we should show our love every day and make attempts throughout the whole year to make our spouse feel loved. Instead of the alternative of going crazy on Valentine’s Day. But then again the other part of me enjoys knowing that something special or thoughtful is supposed to happen on that day.
Personal Creations reached out to me and asking if I would like to join in on their “Love is Everyday” campaign. Because of my thoughts about Valentine’s I really liked the idea of the campaign and decided to join in! I looked through the website at PersonalCreations.com where they have a TON of personalized gift option. (I actually had been introduced to the site previously by my mom.) I was to pick out a gift item for Ryan that reminded me of our everyday love. Then, share the story behind why I picked that item. While I was looking through the gifts I knew exactly which one I was going to choose, but there were so many great gift options for all occasions I decided to write a post Meaningful Gift Ideas for Him featuring some of the neat gifts I found.
Love is Everyday
Ryan and I really do try to make sure our love shows through every day. We make a huge effort that no matter what our schedules are we always eat dinner together which allows us to connect. I get up to see him off to work and he sends me a few messages during the day to see how his girl is doing. We spend time together setting goals and taking action towards our future together.
Once we got pregnant with Miss M people told us things would change. They said expect not to have dinner together for a few months because one person would be caring for the baby. That we would never sleep again. Things of that nature. Most comments where on the negative side of the spectrum just like peoples comments were about marriage. We find it sad that that is people’s perspective and reality. Ryan and I decided way back that we were not going to let other peoples thoughts and comments change our desires and decisions for our lives and our family.
We continued on the pregnancy and started to make plans of how things would work once the baby arrived. Would Ryan take time off work? Which mom would stay first? How long would each mom like to stay? All the different options. We decided Ryan would take off a week from work to stay home with Miss M and I. I had read several places that sometimes it was hard for dad’s in those first few days because they really don’t know what they can do to help. I asked Ryan, “How do you want to be involved those first few days?” I already had my mind prepared for a baby who nursed almost constantly. I wondered how he could get involved as well. Each time he simple answered, “Any way that I can or need to be.” Simple enough I thought.
The day came and Miss M was born. Our 19 hour pain medicine free labor was a bit exhausting and we had a few complications that ended Miss M in the NICU for a few days. But Ryan was fantastic and helped any way that he could. He was an awesome laboring partner! After a few extra days in the hospital we arrived home with our bundle of joy. Sure enough baby was attached to me most of the time. Ryan was trying to be helpful, but there was not much for him to do. Honestly, I think he was getting a bit bored.
The month leading up to Miss M’s arrival we had discussed possibly getting a grill. We had used one on our last get away before the baby came. We just hadn’t done the research and pulled the trigger. About 4 days into us being home from the hospital Ryan shows up with a grill! He decided that he couldn’t do a lot as far as feeding the baby, but he sure could help feed me! I think the rest of the time he was home he grilled dinner for us. He got to play with fire, be manly and helpful!
Ryan still enjoys a nice tender piece of meat from the grill (…and maybe playing with fire). When I saw the branding iron on PersonalCreations.com. I just knew that was the item! Ryan didn’t know for sure how he could help out with a new baby. But he was determined to figure out a way. Getting a grill and making delicious food for me to eat in those beginning days showed me much love each day.
For year for Valentine’s Day we ordered some Omaha Steaks that Ryan is going to grill for us. I plan on pulling out his branding iron to surprise him. What guy wouldn’t want to brand steaks with his initials?! I can’t wait to see his reaction!
Love was the days before the baby came. Love was during the baby’s arrival. Love is still today after the baby. Love is everyday in our house!
How is love everyday in your house?
Until Next Time- Truly Love,