It’s so sad. theBABY has her first cold.
Funny, her little cough is so grown-up sounding to me.
I wonder if her throat is sore.
The snotty nose and sneezing (hers) and the sleep deprivation (mine) have led me to discover another unexpected perk of mamahood.
theBABY doesn’t care if I get a full seven (okay, really I want eight) hours of sleep at night.
It doesn’t matter to her that I have to miss work or cancel on friends.
She doesn’t worry about what time the doctor’s office will open to take my call.
So what’s the perk?
In the middle of the night when she can’t sleep because she can’t breathe, all she wants is me. The minute I pick her up she falls back to sleep. There’s nothing else to it!
It’s so simple.
All she knows is that when she cries and I come, she can sleep.
And in those moments, I can give thanks that she’s a healthy, happy baby who happens to need me in the middle of the night while she’s getting over this cold.
Having something in my life that is more important than me (and my sleep) is my unexpected perk #3.
Today I’m grateful for…
1) Yummy biscotti to eat with my coffee.
2) Laughter. Especially the kind that makes me hiccup.
3) Good friends who pray for me and who ask me for prayer.
What are you grateful for today?
Five months ago we brought theBABY home.
I can’t believe it was five months ago today that I met my little girl. In some ways, it seems like it’s only been a moment since she arrived. She’s gotten so big, so fast and the time has flown.
In other ways, it seems like she’s been part of our family forever. I’m not saying I can’t remember the days before theBABY arrived.
Oh boy, can I.
And how different those days were.
No, it’s not that. It’s just that she’s such a big part of our family that it’s hard to believe I was ever satisfied with life before her.
To celebrate five months with the BABY, here are a few things I’ve learned about myself over the past five months:
- I can love someone despite the fact they wake me up every night between 1 – 3 a.m. (Hey, this is big. I like my sleep.)
- Even though my patience has grown, I’m still not patient enough.
- I can work and get everything else that matters done (most of the time).
- I can give myself a break when things don’t get done.
- I’m not always kind with my words. (I knew this pre-baby, but now I really hear it.)
And here are some things theBABY has learned over the past five months:
- to laugh, which was no easy feat for her (For awhile, I worried the strange noise she made would really be her laugh.)
- to blow raspberries
- to roll around so much that we can’t leave the room anymore
- to use her hands to feel and reach for things
- how to make theBOY and theGIRL smile
I’m sure looking forward to the next five months!
…watch the sun set.
…kiss your spouse.
…enjoy the breeze.
…listen to a child laugh.
…call a friend.
…taste your coffee.
…sing a song.
…listen to the birds chirp.
In other words, stop and smell the roses. It makes life worth living.
I get so busy I forget that a life lived without joy isn’t a life at all. Stop and do something just for the joy of it today. Then, let me know what you did!
This is fun! Should I go with blue at my pedicure tonight!?
Your Funky Nail Polish Color is Blue
You are a calm and cool person who is content to do your own thing.
You tend to get lost in your thoughts. You’re usually daydreaming about something, someone, or somewhere you love.
You don’t take anything or anyone too seriously. You prefer to hang loose whenever possible.
You are a deeply introspective person. You’re the type most likely to think about why the ocean is blue!
Every once in a while, I hear a song that I would add to my life’s soundtrack (if my life were interesting enough to merit a soundtrack).
Here’s the most recent:
1) What’s one song on your life’s soundtrack?
2) Have you found and been inspired by Something Beautiful lately? I NeedtoKnow.