I wrote about babies and sleep over at Everyday Family. Want to know what I’ve learned so far? Click over to read, thank you!
It was 11.00 AM, on the morning-from-Hell – early-rising, crumb-leaving, non-cooperating children had just pushed me to my limit. The amount of energy one has to call upon to not yell, to be patient, to still smile and hug and be present – it’s sucks you right dry.
And so, the husband had taken the 3 year old out to tire him for his afternoon nap. I was sitting on the floor with the baby, trying to tire him out for his nap.
We were playing cars, zooming and rolling. Suddenly, I saw him whip his head around quickly, and just as fast, he was on his hands and knees, crawling away.
Hey buddy, where are you going?
He stopped, and started swiping the floor with his hand.
At what? I wonder.
He was trying to catch a stream of sunlight that had come through the sheer curtains. Finally realizing it was futile, he put his head down on the floor, looked right at where the light was coming in, and smiled.
You silly baby bear!
It struck me then, that my son was living in the moment. The only way babies know how.
Something I seemed to have forgotten, amidst my string of daily to-dos and non-stop swirl of things in my head – blog ideas, meal planning, books I’m reading and want to read, the shopping list.
I was zooming at a million miles an hour and was missing the scenery.
I was not catching the sunlight.
And so, I put my head down, next to my baby boy, and let the warmth of the sun settle on my face. For a few minutes, everything else fell by the wayside, and seemed a little smaller, a little less overwhelming.
I was catching the sunlight.
Do you take a few minutes each day to just relax a little? If so, how do you do it?