Sunday, January 3, 2010

Something To Think about Sunday ~ Resolutions

Ah, a new year is upon us and that means new resolutions.

Do you make resolutions?

In thinking about the new year, I'm with a lot of people. I am working towards getting a bit more organized. You know, closets, pictures, papers, toys.....

Simple and straight forward.

However, the other night Smiley woke up in the middle of the night and she got me thinking....

For her waking up in the middle of the night is NOT typical. Smiley started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks old with only sporadic wakings after that. She is a good sleeper and likes her sleep.

Sassy too was a pretty good sleeper. She was not sleeping through the night at 6 weeks, probably around 3 months though. She was our first baby and when she would wake in the middle of the night, I was all business. Feed her, change her, rock her back to sleep.

Action, well, the name fits him. He was not a sleeper and it was not unlike him to get up a couple of times a night. I was never quite sure what he needed. Was he hungry, needing a clean diaper, not tired, just needy? Who knows. He still gets up most nights to go to the bathroom. When he would wake up as a baby, I was often tired, crabby and frustrated. Why wouldn't he just sleep?

Smiley. Yes, she has been an easy baby. But, I also had a very different perspective with her (I blame that on age). When she would wake in those first few weeks as a newborn, I would take care of business: feedings and diapers. But I always had it in my head, no matter how tired or frustrated I was that these sleepless nights would someday end and I could NEVER get them back. This was our time. Hers and mine and she needed me right then.

So, the other night when she woke up at 1:30, I was tired (and suprised). But, I held my little girl, cuddled her and just looked at her. I enjoyed her. And at 2:45 when she finally fell asleep again it was almost hard to lay her down in her crib and walk away.

Now, back to resolutions.

There are so many moments in our lives good and bad, convenient and not so much, exciting and boring. But really, it comes down to our thoughts and actions during these times.

Therefore, I challenge you in this new year, to find a way to enjoy the good and bad times, the convenient and inconvenient times, and the moments that are exciting and boring.

Because, like this quote says:

"Remember the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."


So, I'm off to begin to organize things and also to remember and cherish the moments ~ big and small!

I am curious though, what are your resolutions?


Its So Very Cheri said...

I quit making resolutions a long time ago. I feel like I am always a work in progress and need to work on things as I see them arise and take care of business right then, plus with 4 kids I have to be flexible and ready to change things up at a moments notice.


Wendy said...

Good point Cheri. I do think we can put too much pressure on ourselves and could subsequently feel like a failure if it doesn't go well. And sometimes so much focus on our resolution that we loose the ability to take care of and enjoy what is most important. I like your approach of being a work in progress ~ How true, aren't we all?