Wednesday nights are harried, but I do my best to get to yoga class. I made it tonight and as the class ended and I released all of the muscles that had been strong and focused only minutes before, I lay in Shavasana as a song played in the background. It said, Let it be. Let it be. I couldn't help but think of last week's post, where I racked my brain for answers to why my baby boy, Elijah was waking up throughout the night. Today, however, I had new perspective.
I had new perspective because THIS happened this week:
He did it!!! He sat, unassisted, long enough for me to get a picture. I got a few, actually.
Happy 10 months baby boy- you are doing it and I am SO proud of you!!
I realized today, that I had skipped over one very possible, simple "plausible theory" while trying to trouble shoot the reason for his wakeful nights recently: That he was simply working on a new milestone. Hello?! Sometimes I'm so quick to jump to all the complicated possibilities that I miss the ones that are plainly and simply straight in front of me. I suddenly remembered how when Christian was a baby, I was often reminded that wakeful nights were many times just a sign of a new milestone to come. Interestingly enough, since Elijah sat up on Sunday, he has slept peacefully. Hmmm...there might be something to this "working on a new milestone thing".
We took another trip up to Santa Barbara last weekend. This time, the whole family was in tow and we met up with not only our friend who hosted us, but two other sets of friends. It was heavenly. The weather was atrocious, with a heavy downfall of rain, but we snuggled in to the cozy Montecito house and cooked, talked, laughed, drank, snuggled pajama'd babies and enjoyed every minute.
Our friend, Amber, brought her dog and cat with her from Chicago to enjoy the Santa Barbara weather, and we enjoyed their company too. Christian was fully entertained with the pets- I have a feeling that they slept as well as he did after we left! It was especially fun to see Elijah take such an interest in Ella the dog, and Ella... well, she was equally smitten.
I had to include just a small snippet of our silliness with our friends. The following picture is of my girlfriends and I in a classic, yet cheesy "Charlie's Angels" pose. It would be a partial eye roll if not for the added model in the next photo. Personally, I think it's hilarious...especially because we did not even realize he was there...
I've been in full time "Mommy mode" lately. Work is a little bit slower than normal and many days recently have just been focused on my boys. The weekends away, even with the full family in tow, and my weekly yoga classes add up to a little bit of refueling. I always need that time to not just be in "Mommy mode" where I am worrying about the variety of parental concerns that rummage through my brain. Most of the time, it's just the simple stuff. Like interrupted sleep patterns due to new milestones (yay!) I have to remind myself to just Let it be. Sometimes it's something and sometimes it's nothing and most of the time I don't have control over it anyway. It took some Shavasana to come to that full realization. (For those of you who know Yoga, know that you are NOT SUPPOSED to be contemplating life's complications during the restful time of Shavasana. I know. I'm working on it. ...Promise.)
I'm leaving you with a photo of my oldest that just makes me smile. Look at him. He is so in the moment. He knows how to Let it be, as all kids seem to. It's easy to forget that we are not the only teachers in a parent-child relationship...