When our kids were babies, Matt did the night shift. I’m not very good at consistently having my night sleep interrupted. Let’s just say I channel Wizard of Oz and relate best to the wicked witch of the west.
I do, however, find mornings to be a great time to let the night duty charge sleep a bit as well as I get caught up on work while letting a little 6 lb. girl chew, eat, poop and pee to her heart’s content. (Why hasn’t someone invented a 24 hour puppy potty training program?)
These early mornings are COLD and dark. School and work begin this week–we head back into the world of routine and order.
As our kids get older, I am less anxious for them to leave and head out of the house. Don’t get me wrong–a 3 week Christmas break is starting to seem like a long “parent entertain the kids” sort of experience. However, when school starts, our slow paced, sleep in, lounge around schedule is replaced by appointments, sport practices, to do lists and work. Adding a new puppy, with regular urgent bathroom needs is making my blood pressure rise just a little.
What I do know is this–I cannot let the future impede the present. If I live in the future, I don’t focus on the present. I have a pretty great present–kids who, for the most part, get along with each other. A husband who works really hard and is a partner, pitching in and always helping.
2016 just came this year–the calendar simply turned from 2015 to 2016 without any fanfare! I haven’t created any specific resolutions or plans. I haven’t chosen a word for the year. For the first time in a long while, I’m okay with life being this way. I can over plan and over analyze finding myself into deep conflict because I cannot possibly perform to my expectations.
Thank you Annie for showing me, just as newborns do, that life is about the moment on hand. Thank you Hawaii, for giving our family 9 days of just family. Thank you 2015 for being so kind with your lesson teaching.