Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's Quiet...

Right now in my house it is 8am, and I am the only one awake. Dan was at work until 2am, so he's sleeping in and going to work late this morning. Stephanie was up until 8pm last night (her usual bedtime is 7) so she's still sleeping. And Joseph always sleeps after his first morning bottle. So i'm sitting her with a cup of coffee, catching up on some blog reading, and just....enjoying it!

This time of year is always rush, rush, rush, and with a baby and a young toddler (who is totally hitting the "Terrible Twos" right now), peace and quiet is pretty rare. I love keeping busy and preparing for the holidays, but things have gotten a little tense and stressful around here lately. We're trying to get everything done, we have obligations/parties/gatherings 3-4 times a week, Joseph is having tummy troubles again, and there is some ridiculous extended family drama going on. Dan and I have been nit-picking at each other, and getting on each other's nerves. We finally sat down this weekend and talked about the fact that this is my favorite time of year, and I need to enjoy it, instead of being so stressed. I'm working on that, with my new mantra of "whatever gets done, gets done. If it doesn't get done, oh well." That is really difficult for me, but you know what? Right now, it's working. I want to enjoy the season, I want to enjoy my new baby, I want to experience Christmas through the eyes of a toddler.

 And so, instead of using this minute of peace and quiet to wash the dishes that sat in the sink overnight, or make lists for later this week, or get breakfast started, i'm sitting. I'm relaxing. I'm enjoying the quiet. I'm looking at the twinkling lights of our tree, i'm listening to Joseph's rhythmic breathing, i'm taking deep breaths, i'm relishing the moment. And i'm not beating myself up about it, or making myself feel bad for not accomplishing anything. Because all mommies need a minute or two to themselves. And now, Stephanie is awake, so there goes the quiet!

 I hope all my wonderful readers can find a minute today to just experience some peace and quiet. Even for five minutes. Trust me, it's a wonderful feeling, and has been a fabulous way to start to my day!

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