‘Your children want YOU’is a great post from the power of moms website. Along with this article on being more present from the science of mom blog it got me to thinking about the simplicity of times before smartphones, etc. Being a good multitasker is key as a mom, but I’ve been trying to be more in the moment lately and I’m seeing some significant differences with little O.
When my peanut was newborn everything was so fresh and fascinating that I tried to savor every moment (when I wasn’t sleeping). I was reminded to do so by grandparents, strangers, and friends with older children more times than I can count. As the first year passed though more and more I was finding myself trying to ‘get things done’ when she’s in her highchair just because it’s easier, or checking my email while feeding her breakfast.
For the past few days she’s been napping in her crib (which is still new! more on that later) and I’ve been sitting down with her for meals. These things might seem unrelated but it’s kind of a breakthrough. Since I have a whole hour to myself while she naps I’m doing email, etc during that time instead, and I’m really focusing on enjoying a meal with her during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She seems to be eating more, playing with her food less, and is happier to play on her own afterwards.
I’m feeling way less stressed by doing one thing at a time and not scattered and trying to do too much at once.
I might actually be accomplishing more!
It seems so simple and yet somehow it’s taken me a year to figure this out. I guess that’s the journey of parenthood!
We are off for a mini-break to the other side of Maui tomorrow. Very excited!