As parents, my husband and I have spent my daughter's life placing priority on her sleep schedule. We have planned around it and ensured she was home for naps and night time sleep. She has, for the most part, been a very good sleeper. She tends to get in bed, close her eyes and off she goes to sleep. Last night, we heard her footsteps on the staircase for one of the first times in her life. As her little face peaked around the corner, I motioned to take her back upstairs to her bed, but my husband got up first. (Sidetone: He is more committed to the sleep routine than I am), However last night he brought her over to the couch, snuggled her and smiled at me.
I thought for a moment about the importance of consistency etc. and then decided sometimes you just have to take advantage of the moments you are given. After a very busy weekend we all needed this time to connect. We sat on the couch for about twenty minutes watching Masterchef Canada with her cuddled in between us. Looking at my husband's face I knew that his love / connection tank was overflowing just as mine was.
When we took her up and tucked her in she smiled at me and I knew that twenty minutes was just as special for her as it was for her Dad and I.
This morning I woke-up with a smile on my face, still full of love and connection. My daughter climbed on my lap this morning and said, "I really loved that special treat last night, watching TV with you and Daddy. Thank you, it was the best thing ever."
It wasn't a glamorous vacations, day trip, or present that made her 'best thing ever' list. It was a special little moment of connection in between all the chaos of life. I too will remember that couch snuggle forever and thought it was the best thing ever.
How do you find the little moments in life's chaos for connection?