Cool Things That Have Happened This Week:
Saturday: Stacey and I hosted a baby shower for our dear friends Bethany and Shelby (whose mysteriously-named little boy is due in August). The games were hysterical.
Sunday: I slept for an indecent number of hours, then spent hours playing with Miles, before wrapping up with dinner with Paul. Not a bad day at all, I must say. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures worth sharing. :(
Monday: Took the Boy and met Bethany for brunch. We had a marvelous conversation, and Miles was (for once) perfectly behaved the entire day. It was glorious. Even better, he fell asleep when we got home and napped for over three hours. Then, we went outside to play, and he showed off his belly button:
Tuesday: Playdate at the Children's Farm with several friends and their kiddos. A beautiful, relaxing trip which was sprinkled with lots of praise for my once again perfectly-behaved son. I'll admit, I basked in it.
Yes, that is my very active toddler, waiting quietly and patiently for his friends to arrive. *mommyglow*
Wednesday: After a week of playing around, Miles and I decided it was time to actually do some work. Miles ran around playing nicely while I worked for almost an hour and a half straight, before he started getting cranky. When asked what was wrong, he signed, "Food, please," so we ran to Arby's and grabbed some roast beef sandwiches (which he inhaled). After lunch, he crawled up in my lap, gave me a huge snuggle-hug, and asked for his pacifier. When I asked if it was naptime, he floored me by responding, "Yesh" and signing 'please'. I rocked him for two minutes before he passed out. I once again beamed with the delight of mommy pride. :)
And a bonus list, just for you loyal readers, who love them oh, so much, I'm sure. :)
Good Things I Discovered This Week:
- Something is working. Whether it's medication, my renewed commitment to taking care of myself, a widening circle of wonderfully supportive friends, or maybe just the onset of an easier stage in Miles' development*, I have actually felt like a good mom a lot this week. And that feeling has allowed me to remain calm and collected over things that usually throw me into a tailspin. Hurray for a sense of normalcy.
- I have started to enjoy being around other people's children again. Since I became pregnant with Miles, this has been a continuing struggle for me. There are a few kiddos who have managed to endear themselves to me, but for the most part, I have had little interest in any kid except Miles. This week, I found myself delighting in the antics of strangers' children for the first time in recent memory.
- I can be around babies without having a panic attack. Even tiny ones. And I think they're cute. Which is good, since every freakin' woman I know is having a baby this year.
- Rather than freaking out at the thought of leaving Miles for even a few hours, I have started planning outings without him. I have a date night with my charming hubby tomorrow, and a girls' night next weekend. And I'm excited about it.
- And most of all, I've realized that, for the first time in a long time, I am content. Thanks in no small part to all of you, who have supported me on this journey, and allowed me the room and given me the push I needed to get here. I am so blessed to have each of you in my life. Yes, even you, random internet stranger. ;)
*Please, oh please, let this be true!!!