Monday, December 13, 2010

gift of an ordinary day

What do you do with the best days of your life? How to you keep them intact? How do you preserve happiness?

These are the best days of my life, I know. These are the days of pure love, of hearts swelling, of the beautiful gift of a little boy.

He has been going around giving kisses to everything - Christmas tree ornaments, his toys, the chair. He has such a big heart. Yesterday he said "Nose" and wanted me to kiss his nose. Then he said "Ear" and I kissed his ear. Then we did cheek, chin, forehead, mouth, top of head. I love cuddling him!

Last night he woke up at midnight crying so I cuddled him on the couch. Then we went to our bed and he slept with his cheek pressed to mine and his feet against Joe's head. He didn't sleep in, he woke up with Joe and wanted breakfast.

We had a great routine last week - every morning we went to the gym and he played "balls" at the childcare room. I loved getting my workout in! But today he threw a fit and didn't want me to leave. So I scooped him up and we went to the library.

I reread "The Gift of an Ordinary Day" by Katrina Kenison last night. I need to go back to that book over and over again so I learn the message anew. This little boy is only growing up and away from me - so do not get annoyed when he is clingy. Savor singing "Frosty the Snowman" over and over - these moments are fleeting. Don't be short-tempered when he wakes you up - treasure the sweetness of his chubby cheek pressed against yours. It is a temporary gift.

We have five and a half hours of daylight today. It is also very cold - 8 degrees. We made cookies this weekend in two sessions and I gave them out to the neighbors. The biggest triumph is that I didn't eat any! That is very good since I didn't get my gym time today!

I'm excited for this week - having my husband home.