Tuesday, September 27, 2005

My new favorite thing


For the past couple of weeks Iris has been sleeping in the co-sleeper in Matt's room at night. I have suddenly become a patient, well-rested mama and my new favorite thing is seeing Iris first thing in the morning. Usually Matt carries her in to my room all sleepy eyed, gripping her blankie, so she can lay down with me and have nursies before starting her day. When her tummy is full, she gets up and is off and running. I love how excited she is to start every new day. I wonder at what point do children anticipate anything other than excitement when getting up in the morning. Everything is new for her, everything is fun, and most importantly, nothing is depressing. Some day, probably sooner than I think, I will try to wake Iris up and be met with resistance. The prospect of staying in bed will be far more enticing than any alternative.

It's been so fun for me to try and look at my day through her eyes instead of dreading all the chores, going to work, or worrying about the myriad of things that bog me down every day. Instead I join Iris in the thrill of eating frozen blueberries for breakfast, for the millionth day in a row, actively participate in her morning drum practice, and savor the stillness of nursing her when she gets tired and ready for her nap.