we hosted a play group yesterday with seven babies (9-11 months) and seven adults. needless to see our little apartment got real crowded, real fast and all the toys, books, remotes, shoes, keys and puzzles got passed from child to child all afternoon. i loved it. i loved having a full house with so many baby cries, laughs and babbles. atticus couldn't figure out what in the world was going on as more and more kids arrived. he sat and stared, then cried, then played and played
"The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make...I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs...I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting done a little less."
and show yourself some of that compassion that you freely give to everyone else ~ sheesh!
we always have some very hyper play time after dinner and during the get-ready-for-bed routine. this may be my favorite time of day. atticus giggles and giggles and races around the apartment begging to be chased. he's like a little puppy that follows me around panting, i can't get enough of it.
and perhaps there is no happier moment during the day then the moment darek walks through the door
and the time came, as it inevitably does at some point in the busy years, to turn the toilet paper roll around so that atticus can spin it and spin it and never unravel it. genius!
and if only bath time was all the time, he would never be happier. i have to leave the bathroom door shut because atticus would never do anything other then stare at the bath with longing eyes if he were able to go in there any time he wanted.
so that's it folks - some of my deep thinking. some of the many thoughts that occupy my supposed-to-be-sleeping mind. i hope they make you slow down and remember to enjoy the journey, live in the moment, don't be afraid to create, be nice to yourself, don't compare yourself to unrealistic standards, feel good about doing what you want to do and don't feel guilty if sometimes you just want to hang out. there's a time to clean and a time to unclean, a time to play and a time to sleep, a time to laugh and a time to cry, and a time to blog and a time to wrap things up!
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