Nap of Plenty

Leland at 1.5 months old

Leland at 1.5 months old

The definition of a NAP:  a brief period of sleep, especially one taken during daytime.

Naps are serious business in our household.  It was not like that when I was growing up, I don’t recall a time where a nap was considered and suggested to me.  Although I do remember my father coming home in the afternoon and napped for an hour after lunch time.  There was so much guilt around sleep throughout my life until I became a mother.  I was told by many when Leland was born: “Sleep when the baby sleeps.”

It was not easy for me, this sleeping business.  I’m still a night owl and I know I am sleep deprived.  I’m not really sure when that will change but one thing for sure, both my boys are champion sleepers and I am so grateful for that.  I use to think sleeping was for the weak, for the ones who “can’t handle it”.  Witnessing the extreme benefits of sleep through our boys was an epiphany for me.

I will be writing a lot more about this topic because my new understandings on sleep has changed my life and my family’s life in the most profound ways.

Until then, I wish everyone good sleeps and sleeping habits 🙂

grace

Reset Days

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Today was a day of utmost simplicity.  After a wonderful 3 day weekend filled with quality family gatherings and outings, hosting out -of-town guests, and closing it with a birthday party at a friend’s house, we are all over played.

I was so looking forward to today where I know will be a day of tranquility and I am so glad it turned out to be just that.  Both our boys (4 and 1.5 years old) woke up to a day of reset and we were all delighted to know that there was no agenda to abide to except for our simple yet solid rhythm of meals, free play and rest.

I wanted to set the tone by not speaking too much, not asking questions and keeping requests, tasks and activities to a minimum.  Both boys took to this quiet energy like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day.  They just nestled into their imagery worlds with a knowing that they will not be interrupted.  I was just a facilitator and a recorder of their unconscious little selves, being as free and as relaxed as they needed to be.

These are the days I feel so good about choosing to be at home with them.   The quietness of today allowed me to witness the unfolding special-ness of a childhood.  It makes me breathe deeper and cherish my role as a stay-at-home mother that much more.