Getting home late from work is nothing new to me these days. New job, longer commute = later nights. It’s what I signed up for. I knew my time with Jax would be less and my nights would be spent eating a meal out of a Tupperware over the sink before a quick shower and bed right around 10:30-11:00 a few nights a week.
Sleep becomes an old friend and sometimes parallels a long distance relationship… the love is there, but spending time together is few and far between. You learn how to make the moments you have count, you learn how to tiptoe into your sons room and kiss him multiple times without waking him up and you get used to being able to fall asleep anywhere you can lay your head.
But what you don’t get used to is feeling like you might be missing out on something. Coming home to pictures of you child happily playing with his friends at day care and laughing in a photo with his teacher makes you miss him even more. Having to say good night VIA FaceTime is one of the hardest things to do as a parent.
Although, “accidentally” making too much noise as you sneak into you sons room at 10:45pm so that you can pick him up and hug him as he yells “Daddy” makes all the previously stating hard times much, much more tolerable.