My husband is an engineer during the day and an MBA student at night who regularly travels 90 miles to and from Ann Arbor twice a week for class.
It’s kind of insane, but totally worth it. We’re hoping his MBA will give us new opportunities to explore as a family — but I’m not gonna lie … it’s a sacrifice on many levels.
He misses a lot of fun social events and spends a lot of time studying, on group conference calls, and preparing presentations. It’s been hard on me not having him around as much as I’d have liked the past few years, but he graduates this December so we can finally see the light.
We knew having a baby while he’s still in school would not be easy. So without me even suggesting it, he opted to just take one course this semester (so he could be home more with me and Maya) and then do this week-long class in Washington, D.C. that would be the same amount of credits as a usual class. This sounded like a genius idea at the time.
Until this week, when it wasn’t.
You see, this is the week he’s gone … and I feel completely overwhelmed. I’m not pulling my hair out yet — I’m hanging in there — but it hasn’t been a walk in the park, that’s for sure. Fortunately, my mom is coming Wednesday night to spend the night (the beauty of her contract position being in Indiana now!) … but it’s still a long way til Saturday evening when he gets home.
Caring for both Maya and Rocco is, to put it mildly, exhausting on my own. I have a new-found appreciation for single mothers … the thought of doing all this all day every day is enough to make me want to scream! Maya’s a pretty good baby, but there’s no breather if there’s no one to help share the responsibilities that come with a baby and a puppy. Let’s just say I’ll be VERY grateful for my hubby to come home this weekend!
In the meantime, I’m trying to just steer clear of emotional eating this week (something I still struggle with from time to time) –– just because I’m stressed does not mean I need to cure my feelings with food.
How about you? What are some of your best strategies for avoiding emotional eating?