Catholic Husband

Love / Lead / Serve


A 10-day stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will drain you. Lucy’s stay was a bit unexpected, and very frustrating. I think any parent of a newborn shares these emotions.

I tried to be at her bedside as much as I could. That meant leaving my other two kids at home with their grandmother and existing at the crossroads of boredom and exhaustion.

Now that Lucy is finally home, I have another big transition to make. Momentum plays an outsized role in routine. The more momentum you can have on your side when you’re doing the things that lead to health and satisfaction, the better off you are. My first day waking up at 5:00am to hit the gym is brutal. Day 14 in a row is much easier to handle.

Whether its a relationship, a career, a chore, or a habit, the hardest choice we have to make is whether or not to get back on the horse. When you bravely choose to get on, expect challenges. Expect resistance. You should also expect positive results.