Don't you just love those a-ha moments, those uplifting realizations that in one way or another make life just a little bit easier? Lately I have realized that ::
::my children do not need me all the time. Trust that they are competent people, that left to themselves are quite capable of a lot of things really. We've had a rough six months with little Esther, who has been an absolute horror when it comes to the sleep department. After finding this gem of a blog, I realized what at least part of the problem was: me. I have always been putting her to sleep, she has no idea how to wind down on her own. Changes have been made and I am marveling at how much better she is sleeping now!
::part of the reason I am so tired all the time can be blamed on my poor diet. I've recently started keeping a food diary of sorts for Esther and myself since she has a lot of stomach issues (I'm still nursing her). I need to figure out what causes her belly aches so that she will feel better and sleep better at nights. What I ended up seeing was just how badly I was eating. Esther got all the fruits and veggies needed, and I got "quick fixes" throughout the day. I'm sure many eat much worse, but this was far from what I consider balanced and healthy. Again, changes being made, which I hope everyone in the family will benefit from.
:: I need to slow down. I haven't been enjoying the day to day all that much lately, and I realized that I haven't for some time. So many things around our everyday life is constantly being done the quick way, to make life "easier". It isn't though, it's actually doing the exact opposite. Doing things the fast way means that I can cram more things into each day, and with all the cramming comes very little room for enjoying. I need to take time to smell the roses (we actually do have roses out in our neighbors little green space, how horrible is that? Roses in December, what is the world coming to...).
::we need to unplug. I'm not against my kids (at least the older one) watching television, but lately its just gotten out of hand. The TV helps me get things done, but honestly its just not worth it. I read a quote about parenting that went something like "The days are long, but the years are short". That is just so true, and I want to make sure I am making the most of these days that I have with my kids.
Let go. Take better care of myself. Slow down. Unplug. (And don't forget to play).