Some days relationships are incredibly easy. Everyone is getting along and in a calm state of mind putting out positive energy into the world. But there are days and moments when tension is high, and relationships are hard and messy. READ MORE
The afternoon started as most do, I walked into the house and within one minute of Remi seeing me he was crying, and Sofia was asking me to play. I rushed to put my work bags down, say a quick hello to Joshua, and get the pumped breast milk in the refrigerator. I picked Remi up and began talking to Sofia. After a few minutes of sharing about our day, she was ready to play.
Last night after our two bedtime stories, I sat in the rocking chair holding Remi like I always do waiting for Sofia to fall asleep. Some nights she falls asleep in five minutes but other nights, like last night, it takes her over thirty minutes. I could have left soon after the stories, but I decided when she was younger that I would stay with her until she fell asleep. It helps comfort her having one of us there, and it allows me to have some quite time with her. If the process is particularly long, I let her know that I will be going out and that I will come back in to check on her. She rarely objects.
There we were, in the dark room listening to Angel by Jack Johnson playing quietly in the background. My right leg beginning to feel numb from holding Remi while Sofia attempted to start conversations every five minutes. The first few times I didn’t mind and responded with, “yes, baby… (paused to listen) …okay. It’s time to go to sleep”. But by the sixth or seventh time of her calling out my patience was wearing thin. READ MORE
We have the same bedtime routine almost every night. After dinner and some play time we do the usual bath, brushing of teeth, giving bedtime kisses, and turning off the lights for our final part of bedtime, story time. When Sofia was younger we would read a few of her favorite books and sing a few songs until she drifted off. As she got older, the need for complete darkness in the room increased so, we began to tell her the popular bedtime stories that one always tells. Then one day she asked if I could tell her a story of a blue horse. I knew of no such story so, I made it up.
She loved it.
Last week the kids and I went on a weekend vacation and not only did we survived but we had a great time!
My sister had a trip planned for several weeks and during one of our visits she mentioned it and I decided to tag along. In preparation for the trip, I knew I would take Remi with me. Taking him sounded easier than trying to figure out milk supply for the few days I’d be gone. And then I started thinking about Sofia and the fun she would have…(Now if you have met me or seen my Instagram feed you know that I love spending time with my kids and I enjoy their company) so, I decided Sofia had to go as well!
Sometimes our lives appear to be flowing beautifully. Work is going great, relationships are peaceful, and life seems easy. At other times all seems to be working against each other and life is not so easy.