This is for the new mom, the tired mom, the mom
who's reading this on their phone because if they move one single
muscle the baby asleep on them will wake up. I want to tell you
something important: Close your eyes, exhale slowly and . .
. . . take the nap.
Turn off the guilty and the worry about all the things you
should be doing, all the things you could be doing. Melt into
this moment and cuddle that baby. You won't spoil them.
My three-year-old is happily sleeping alone as I type this. She
won't let me cuddle in her bed anymore unless she is sick. Take
this moment and . . .
You've heard it from every little old lady you pass in the
mall, "These day go so fast, savor them."
They do go by fast, and while it's hard to savor every terribly
hard, screaming baby, whiny toddler, utterly exhausted minute, you
can savor some of them. I recommend you savor the sleeping ones.
Savor that moment where they look like an angel, while their breath
is slow and sweet. Let the world fall away and . . .
It really doesn't last long. One year, 52 posts and
my last baby has transformed from a
bump to a
boy. A boy who instead of cuddling up and napping, would
rather wrestle hug until I let him just get up and walk around. A
boy who keeps coming to give me hug but quickly runs away so I
won't make him take a nap. A boy who in the blink of the eye will
be three, and like his sister, not want me to cuddle in his bed. So
just do it . . .
You won't remember that there were always dishes piled and
floors to sweep. There will always, always, be laundry to do and
emails to answers.. There will not always be babies willing to
cuddle. So take the nap. If anyone complains, tell them I gave you
permission. Because babies don't keep; they turn into boys and
girls, and the time to nap will be lost.
Melissa is mom to 4 kids and 2 angels. She chronicles the sticky bits of motherhood at Peanut Butter in my Hair.
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