As he should, but here is a great example...
Before Sweet Pea was born, we completed a series of Childbirth Education classes. They were enormously helpful and still fresh in our minds when she was born, because, little did we know, she would be born just eight days after our last class. This was almost a month ahead of schedule!
During one of the classes, our teacher was asking us to share our favorite ways to relax. These strategies could be utilized during labor and delivery as coping techniques. Many suggestions were made, such as music, massage, and hot or cold compresses. All of these things seemed like common sense so I nodded in agreement, but didn't really contribute anything and then my husband leaned over and whispered,
"So how can we get Harley into the delivery room?"
Good one, Honey! He read my mind.
The horses in my life have always been my number one stress relievers. Half an hour with Harley, even if I do not have time to ride (or cannot ride due to pregnancy or post-delivery recovery) works like magic to rejuvenate my energy and dedication. This has also been true in high school, college, and throughout my professional career. When I cannot see my horse, I feel my energies drain and I lose the patience and endurance required for life's challenges. Right now I am working for a very demanding (yet adorable) little boss who requires my attention and care 24/7. I am a very dedicated person, but every person needs down time. My husband has been wonderful in so many ways throughout my pregnancy and now that Sweet Pea is here. Just one of those many ways is his understanding that I need to see my horse to maintain my sanity and perspective during a very busy time. He always made time to bring to me to see Harley at the end of our pregnancy, when I could barely walk, and now he arrives home from work and sends me to the barn for a sweet hour or so to brush, dote, shower, or lunge Harley. It is pure bliss and better than any full night's sleep. Seriously!
Thank you to my husband, who knows me very well, indeed, and is proving to be a fantastic father to little Sweet Pea.
I knew he would be!
P.S. Aren't you wondering how we got Harley into the delivery room?