|Our first home in Macomb, Illinois|
Actually, truth be known, when I heard the click of Lucy's light switch and the sweet baby coos coming from the baby monitor early this morning, I smiled. (OK, maybe after I rolled over and groaned. Ask my college suite-mates--you really don't want to speak to me for my first 30 minutes of awake time in the mornings!) I smiled because while I would LOVE to sleep in on our one "day off," my children getting up at their usual time means something pretty monumental in our house: MY CHILDREN ARE ON A SCHEDULE!! I realize this isn't a big deal for some of you, but it's pretty huge in our house considering we've been going through the grueling process of sleep-training!
|Putting Lucy to bed (right after I worked out-so I'm all red)|
|A friend suggested a glowworm might help Gabriel be happier in his bed since he wasn't wanting to be by himself. I'm pretty sure he liked the idea;-)|
I remember people telling us before Lucy was born, "Just you wait until you have a baby...your days of sleeping in will be OVER!" First of all: I loathe the first three words of the aforementioned sentence more than any other! It's like people are WISHING unhappiness upon you or something. But, I'm happy to say they were somewhat wrong:-) While Lucy wasn't a great sleeper, we still did get to enjoy some late mornings...(even if it was because she had been up half of the night...but that's beside the point:) Those days are few and far between now, but I can look back on those early years of marriage and say, "Ah yes, those were the days!" and then I can smile at the present ones and say, "And yes, these are, too!" You see, something I've learned along the way is to cherish every single moment IN the moment. I wouldn't trade those newlywed days for anything. DH and I truly grew as a couple, and I am so thankful for the time we had just the two of us...but I wouldn't trade anything for these days now either. We might not get as much sleep as we used to, but from sun up until sun down we are blessed by the two greatest kiddos on the face of this earth. Every day is a gift, and it is my prayer that I will treat it as such...plus, I've learned the joys of every parent's secret weapon: the NAP!;-)