This post is for all the parents that work those extra hours and/or have more than one job.

I'm no stranger when it comes to overtime (Averaging over 55 hours a week) And I'm also understanding of those that have worked or work a night time shift; because I've been there.
Working under these circumstances can be stressful, not to mention the time you spend away from the ones you love. For those of you that haven't read my bio, take a quick read here

The first thing I do when I get home from work
 As a new parent, this was a very difficult time get used to. When we found out we were having a baby I was working a night shift job from 6pm to 5am and that was also a bit hard to manage since she worked during the day at the time. But everything has a way around it. Now I get up at 5am and don't get home until around 7pm. You may think all that time is lost but I say to you. It isn't. 

I miss my baby and I take every chance I get to get in touch with her. Gotta give it to video calls and Skype!! Without these amazing tools, I wouldn't be able to see or communicate with Camila. It's so cute when she tries to talk back. It gives me a relief to see that she is well and happy at home with mommy. You can't  imagine the great joy it is to finally get home and see her smiling face, Getting to hold her and cuddle her.  

Camila' first camping trip
Don't let your job rob you of the true essence of life. Learn how to balance life  and everything will fall into place just right! When I get home, I go straight to where Camila is and let her see that I am home. It's truly the greatest joy when she smiles and laughs out loud. You can do this too! I always make sure I leave work at work ( I spend enough time there as it is and isn't worth bringing that long to the comfort of your home), It's not worth it. We all have problems or conflicting situations wherever we go, it's life. Our little ones deserve all the time they can get from us and to deny them that privilege is a shame.

Whataburger - Patty Melt - THE Favorite!

This was a couple of weeks ago when she was starting to sit up by herself

As I've mentioned before, Fatherhood/ Motherhood / Parenting is an art form, Get Creative!
don't get me wrong, I do get home very tired so after greeting Camila I take a quick 15 minute (15 MINUTES!! ) power nap. You should try it some time. I try to be as productive as I can with the time I have and consider the time I spend away from my baby. We have to think a little less about ourselves and keep in mind that our time is now their time.

All followers have a leader - be the best one!

If that weren't busy enough, I recently started going to the gym after work.( Time to loose that baby fat- yes guys go through that too! ) Have to stay healthy and in shape so I can run and play with Camila once she starts to run. I'm saying all this to let you know and give you the belief that we can always find a way to give our children the best of us, or better said - the best of what's left of us.

If you still find it hard to make some time during the work week, you can do what I do. I wake up early on the weekends ( not at 5am though! ) and that way I enjoy a full day of QUALITY time with my family. We go out and show Camila our beautiful city and she loves it. Check out how we get around town here.

After all time is one thing we can't take but only give. Learn how to balance the different areas of your life and things will be easier to manage. Maybe you'll be able to duplicate this balancing act Camila and I worked out! Anything is possible, try out different things, and make use of that down time at work for the people and things that really matter.

What other creative ways have you stayed connected with your little ones?


Jeff Segura