- I awoke this morning at 3:21 am. For those of you who know me, this is nothing unusual during pregnancy for me. Between the stuffy nose and apneic breathing, movements within my belly by a 7 lb baby, and whirlwind of thoughts that ping around my brain like that old atari game, it’s no wonder that I awake on a nightly basis. As I made my way back to bed from a much anticipated bathroom trip, a Bible verse came to mind. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I proclaimed that verse over myself as I lay back down. I was physically weary and all those pesky pregnancy symptoms certainly felt like a burden, but I am so blessed to know that I can also receive rest for the most bothersome thing that keeps me awake during these times; my own thoughts. It’s so wonderful to be able to give your worries about things over to someone who is more able to take care of it than yourself. Financial burdens over things that are beyond your control can be given over to one who has complete control. As I had been waddling back to bed, I noticed my toddler daughter asleep by her daddy’s leg. She had her arm curled around it and on her face I saw complete and total peace. There is so much we can learn from children. We too can embrace our Heavenly Father and feel that total peace if we will only allow it as a child does.
I’ll call this fact, “praying for a king size bed!” As some of you know or may surmise from my writing, our child sleeps in the bed with us. She is over 2 years old and has never slept a night outside of our bed. At around 6 months of age for her, I had concerns over if this was the right thing. You will have many well meaning advice from others on the subject. I remember googling it and being so pleased to find Dr Sears and other professionals who embraced co-sleeping or a family bed. Then as time went by, I learned as a parent, that it doesn’t really matter what this one or that one may say. What matters is what me and my husband found to be right for our family. We truly enjoy a family bed. It gives us peace of mind. It has never interfered with our relationship as husband and wife in any way. I tend to believe it has actually made our physical relationship closer and more exciting as we have to be very inventive in finding time together just the two of us! I remember putting Chloe in her crib a few times to try it out and Ben actually went and got her while she was still asleep and brought her back to our bed. He said he missed her and I was glad he broke first, cause I missed her there as well. As we get closer to D day for Bailey’s arrival, I must admit some concerns over the space in the bed. I asked Ben about it the other night and he replied, “I guess we’ll be crowded.” So for the past couple of nights, I’ve said a little prayer for a king size bed. It would certainly take some rearranging of our room, but certainly it would give some much needed extra space. I’ve ordered a sleeper you can put in the bed so Chloe won’t roll into her, but I’m pretty sure Ben will keep her corralled on the other side of him anyway. Whether you agree with our choice of sleeping arrangements is of no concern to me. We are the happiest little family ever and certainly the closest, emotionally and physically! So if you know of a good deal on a king size bed with mattress and box springs included, let us know! Either way, I know we’ll work it out.
This fact can be titled, “morning mumblings.” Having my little munchkin in the bed with me allows me the ability to hear those first words that escape her mouth as she exits dream land and enters the real world with the rest of us. They are always cute, sometimes strange, and other times simply hilarious. Some tend to center around a usual theme: “puppy, the puppy is running, the monster is chasing the puppy, there’s a monster outside the window.” Others center around her needs: “chocolate milk, cookies, juice, I’m wet.” While others melt my heart: “where’s mommy, I love you mommy, mommy is my best friend, I like your eyes.” Some seem way out there: “baby jaguar, where’s the girl, go get her, soap.” I’ve never been a morning person, but I find it hard to be cranky when I wake up to morning mumblings, a hug, a kiss, and the most beautiful smile in the world.
That is all 🙂