This week I’m so, so, so thankful for the teamwork and rhythm that Mr. Lively and I have created when caring for little Franklin.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m big on individualization and we’ve found a good balance. Since I’m the morning person in the relationship, I have been in charge taking Franklin out anytime after 5am. And once Mr. Lively comes home from work until bedtime the potty training up to him.
I feed Franklin most of the meals because his feedings are at 7am, 12pm, and 5pm when Mr. Lively is at work.
And because I’m home working during the day with him, I am pretty worn out by the time Mr. Lively gets home.
What has been the biggest sanity-saver for me is how Mr. Lively has shifted his schedule and tasks so that I can get the breaks I need at night. He’s stayed home every evening this week so I can consult, go out to dinner with friends, and speak at an event.
He’s also switched sides of the bed with me to be closer to Franklin’s crate so I can sleep better (I hear every little sigh and noise from him which means I haven’t gotten more than four hours sleep in a row since we got him). And last night he offered to take him out regardless of the time in the morning or night (Amen!).
It’s been really reassuring to see that even when we are exhausted, stressed, learning to parent our puppy, and maintain the home, we are acting like a team. No matter how frustrated we’ve been with our little one’s mouthing or chewing we worked together on the same side.
And that makes all the difference.
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!
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