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My Husband Rocks!—A Tribute

2012 January 9
by Becky

Let me begin by proving that my husband does indeed “rock”…

I turned 31 on Saturday. Ugh. I’m officially in my “thirties”.

I’m not a big birthday celebration person. I love tearing it up on other people’s birthdays, but mine never needs to be a production…I’m fine with take out sushi and a glass of cheap champagne on our couch. And after last year when the big 3-0 was marked by bringing some friends up to see Ethan in the NICU, this year my best gift was just having Little Man home safe and sound.

So on Saturday evening, while Stu and I sat playing with Ethan on the living room floor, I was startled by a knock at the door. Thinking it was a neighbor or political lobbyist-what-not, I watched as Stu answered it. In walked Annie, a very sweet girl who babysat for us one night a few months ago. I was very confused, thinking she must have the wrong house—I’ve recommended her to all of our neighbors. But Stu seemed to know what was going on…

Suddenly it all clicked!

“We’re going out!???” I yelled, making Ethan giggle.

“Yep!” announced Stu with a big grin on his face. Then our friends, Lauren and Bret, appeared at the still-open door.

“With friends too!!!???” I yelled in shock…running to give hugs. I thought Lauren and Bret were going out with other friends to celebrate Bret’s b-day…we share the same one. We hadn’t seen them since before the  holidays, so I had been itching to hang out.

“Yes!” they all cried, absolutely elated that their surprise went off without a hitch.

“Get dressed, we have reservations in Georgetown at 8:30,” said Stu, which sent me into a whirlwind of figuring out something to wear and helping Annie get Ethan down. Good thing I had showered and blow dried my hair just a few hours before…otherwise I would have been in trouble.

We went to a fantastic French restaurant in a quiet part of Georgetown and gorged ourselves on escargot, onion soup, steamed muscles, red wine, and chocolate souffle. We drove by the monuments and Kennedy Center all lit up and beautiful. It was a perfect evening—best birthday surprise ever!

my giant plate of muscles…yum!

the birthday kids
(ignore the monopoly man in the middle)

driving home past Lincoln

So what better time to make a “tribute” to my sweet husband?

I actually wrote the remainder of this post several weeks ago, to reflect on how the the last 12 months o’ craziness has changed our relationship in a very positive way. It may be mushy and silly (two terms with which I’m not typically associated) but I’ve come to realize that the last year has made me love my husband more then ever.

Having a baby is the most intimate, stressful, fun, crazy, exhausting, disgusting, and beautiful thing in the world. Experiencing it all with Stu has been incredible.

Since the year has come to an end, and we’ve had a baby for just a little over 365 days, I thought I’d touch on some of the reasons why I love him even more:

  • He loves taking walks with Ethan in the baby bjorn
  • He’s never embarrassed to baby talk, even if people make fun of him for it
  • He is SO excited to see Ethan when he gets home from work
  • He dives right in to poopy diapers
  • He ‘s really good at dressing Ethan for cold weather. The kid is always toasty!
  • One of his favorite things is greeting Ethan in the morning
  • He makes an effort to get home from work as early as possible
  • He uses vacation days more then he used to, especially for random Fridays
  • He is great at cleaning up after Ethan’s meals—they can be messy
  • He loves visiting my parents or having them visit
  • He sings to Ethan every day—loud and unencumbered
  • He never skimps on books before bedtime
  • He works so hard to support our family
  • He loves giving The Peanut baths
  • He’s not afraid to be goofy and is usually hilarious
  • He tells me I’m doing a great job and that he appreciates that I stay home
  • He never hesitates to help with the dishes
  • He is so supportive of all my “projects”
  • He will talk anyone’s ear off about the advantages of cloth diapering
  • He loves us both SOOOOO much

I sometimes can’t believe I was lucky enough to meet my perfect match at the age of 22, marry him at 23, and still be so happy almost eight years later. And now he’s the best dad in the world too! There was never a doubt in my mind.

Thanks Honey Bunny!  Here’s to another blissful year of craziness! I love you.

14 Responses
  1. Lara permalink
    January 9, 2012

    Yay, Stu (and Becky and Ethan)! What an awesome blog posting. You guys make me smile.

  2. Linda Johnson permalink
    January 9, 2012

    What a beautiful post about Stu… His dad was and still is a great Father.

  3. Lisa permalink
    January 9, 2012

    awww, this is so sweet.

  4. Erika Hofmeister permalink
    January 9, 2012

    Love, love, love this post, Beck! So honored that I was able to witness your young love blossom into what it is today! Cheers to many more years of love, happiness, & craziness!

    • admin permalink*
      January 9, 2012

      You witnessed it from the very first moment it started. I love that you have been there for so much of the last 8 years.

  5. Sandy Schon permalink
    January 9, 2012

    I couldn’t agree with you more. You’re perfect for each other-he’s a keeper. Really love the part about the in-law visits!!!

    • admin permalink*
      January 9, 2012

      Thought you might like that!! It’s the truth! He had a blast over xmas—that’s 8 days of inlaws.

  6. Linda Voboril Kosch permalink
    January 9, 2012


    This is an outstanding tribute, and you, Ethan, and Stu are very blessed!
    It is also a tribute to your parents as well as Stu’s. What a wonderful world on South Royal Street!

    Linda Kosch

    • admin permalink*
      January 9, 2012

      Thanks Linda!! It is amazing here on Royal :)

  7. Kate Haring permalink
    January 9, 2012

    This really makes me smile. I love all three of you and it just pleases me to no end to see you this happy. What a beautiful post and a wonderful tribute to Funkypants!

    • admin permalink*
      January 9, 2012

      Funkypants is my MAN! Love you guys too.

  8. January 10, 2012

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful birthday. Hope you got my email birthday wish. Loved reading about Stu. I think he’s a good guy too. Kisses for Ethan.

  9. January 10, 2012

    What a great birthday. It sounds like your husband is as awesome as mine is!

    • admin permalink*
      January 11, 2012

      Aren’t we so lucky?!

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