One Fabulous Thing

…because each day has at least one.

01.09.2010 Porn for Parents January 9, 2010

Filed under: Family,Household — onefabulousthing @ 8:17 pm

I never would have believed it if it hadn’t happened to me.

This morning, I was awoken shortly before 6am by my husband and son returning home from my in-laws house nearby, where they spent the night to free up the house for my mom’s group get together last night. I stayed up too late after my friends left, and probably only had about 5 hours of sleep at that point. My sleep had been restless, as I am not accustomed to sleeping without my husband and without the soothing buzz and eerie glow of the baby monitor.

But I rallied, of course, and we had some fun playtime before getting the baby his breakfast. He had awoken around 5am, and was ready for his first nap by 7am. A quick cleanup and change later, he was sound asleep in his crib.

That is where it really gets good. I ignored the dishes remaining in the sink from breakfast, the laundry that needed doing, the overnight bag that needed unpacking, and the internet that needed reading. I got back into bed. And my husband, instead of unintentionally making me feel like a slothful, selfish parent by staying perkily awake and busy, got back into bed with me.

I don’t mean to boast, but that divine nap lasted for three hours. The baby stayed asleep, the dog didn’t need to be walked, and the phone didn’t ring. We all awoke around 10am, rumpled and refreshed, ready to face the day.

I hate to be one of those stereotypical parents who complains about being tired all of the time, because really we have it better than some. Our son has always been a decent enough sleeper, and I don’t have any strict standards on sleep behavior that I hold him (or us) to. What he’s needed to sleep well has changed, and we’ve tried to roll with it, and for the most part it’s all good. The occasional tooth and cold throw a wrench in the works from time to time, but we figure it out and move on. My husband is also amazing about taking early morning shifts when I’ve been up with the baby in the overnight hours, giving me an extra hour or so.

The fact is though, I am a kinder, gentler sort of person when I am well-rested. I function better at work, I swear less at people in traffic, and I am much more inclined to notice the fabulous things about my day over the not-so-fabulous.

I know that nap this morning was probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but I will look back on that experience and smile for years to come.

So, Fabulous Thing #9: Much needed rest for the weary.

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