hurry up, slow down!

FamilyI want Nora to start talking… yesterday! I am impatient to hear her say “hi,” “please,” and God forbid, “NO!”

I want time to slow down! I want to enjoy these sweet baby days over and over. Nora keeps changing so quickly. She’s standing up and crawling around so nimbly. She has filled in cheeks and delicious chubby thighs. She loves the water and doesn’t mind the bath, shower, or pool.

Bedtimes are the roughest. We have done a little sleep training, and once she’s asleep I’m filled with gratitude. Kevin and I take time to share a meal and complete a crossword puzzle on the iPad. We’ve been rewatching the West Wing on Netflix.  I’m loving walking again thanks to a new treadmill in the basement. I’ve been reading more as well: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, and Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest. See a trend?

Occassionally I think about how I got to this new reality with an active, happy little girl and a sweet partner.  I wonder some days about the single girl who lived in the city- the one who bought spendy shoes and reveled in five a.m. spin classes. I wonder some days about the lonely married girl who paced around a dilapidated house in another suburb praying for a baby.

These days are blessings.



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One Response to hurry up, slow down!

  1. Ah, your time off blogging might be a sign of things to come. I spent a lot of time over the last 10 years of social, sorting priorities, dealing with time management issues that are reactionary not chosen. No knock to my digital friends, there is just not enough time in a day for me to have a life with 5 kids, a wife, a dog, clients, events, coaching and all of those things on the list of what’s important. So I had to choose.

    Just because some uncreative headline somewhere on the web says I need to do these 4 things to get more social sharing, because others are blogging, post, retweet, meeting, yada yada yada, to mean seemed like one huge digital treadmill and I decided to step off. If others derive from digital absence means not worthy then so be it. I smile as I see the social pioneers who were single and carefree when all this started now have their “time” managed by kids, relationships, and priorities.

    As I write this I’m listening to Scott Simon discuss the death of his 84 year old mother (follow him at @scottsimon where he tweeted from her death bed ). He says we are all dictated to by the calendar, and realizing life is short, even a life of 84 years, should regulate how we spend our time. Choices may be different with that perspective. You may decide to enjoy the moment instead of tweeting it. I won’t go into my choices, suffice to say, having it all is someone else’s phrase to selling books, but choosing all that you want is a more practical reality.

    the picture above says it all, and your frequency of digital engagement may well change, so be it, that’s your book of life to write. It’s the only book that matters in this digital life. Bless your family and your smiles.

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