March 23, 2007

I'm Glad I'm The Mom

I got to bed too late again last night, trying to squeeze in knitting & a movie with hubby, finishing up laundry, doing dishes, cleaning up from our day. Finally I rested upon my pillow around midnight. Sometime after that I am comforting a stuffy-nosed baby, soothing him back to sleep.

Then around 4 am I hear loud whispering coming from the bathroom. Carter's on the potty and has lots to tell me. He didn't quite make it in time and needs some cleaning up... I help him out and decide his underwear can just go in the garbage and a bath is needed. We quietly draw a warm bath and I gather up some toys for him to play with. I explain that accidents happen sometimes. It's ok.

I am so glad I am the mom, as I just don't see hubby being this gentle in the middle of the night. (Honestly Carter would still be sitting on the potty if it was all up to Daddy. It takes a lot more than a whisper to wake him up!)

I feel grateful for the little middle of the night time I had with Carter. I was blessed by the look of relief in his eyes when he saw me tend to his need, telling him it was ok and that accidents happen. I could see, in his big brown eyes, that he knows his Mommy loves him.

It's also rare to get complete uninterrupted one-on-one time with each of my little guys, so even if it was 4 AM, I didn't care.

I got my middle man back to bed and I tried to go back to sleep myself. Just wasn't happening. I got up, did some knitting, laundry, and pilates. I enjoyed the quiet house as everyone else was sleeping. Already a great start to my day. I got to see the night turn into morning. Quite beautiful.

31 comments:

  1. What a beautiful entry. May God bless you, indeed

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  2. Very sweet and a positive outlook!!! I know I cherish that one on one time with my kids when I get the chance.

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  3. I get the baby all to myself when the big boys go to school, but when I have a moment alone with Monte or Hunter, I just want time to stop. Even if it is the middle of the night.

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  4. So true. I love those unplanned, unintended moments. Thanks for such a sweet post.

    Glad you had such a wonderful start to your day. Hope you get some rest, too. If I only have a couple hours of sleep, I'm a zombie by snack time.;)

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  5. A great way to look at this! I had one of those "So glad I'm the Mommy" moments yesterday too! I'm sure Carter enjoyed his mid-night one-on-one even if it was 'accidental'.

    I couldn't tell you the last sunrise I saw (thankfully!)...I'm willing you a nap today!
    xoxo,
    Ashlee

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  6. Beautiful entry - I'm glad to be a mom too.

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  7. You even did pilates!? You're awesome.

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  8. You were certainly meant to be the Mom. I am amazed at how positive you are sometimes. How wonderful that Carter (and your other boys) have such a loving, caring mother. Just think of how many kids out there don't have that. We have the most important job there is!

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  9. I love those special moments too!! Sleep or not I take those any day, anytime.
    You go girl... you're on a roll go with it.

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  10. Great perspective, it's hard sometimes but those looks do make it easy. The looks that let you know you are their hero. One on one time is precious, anytime you can get it.

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  11. BTW yeah pilates at 4am? I can understand everything else but THAT is insanely impressive!

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  12. I love being the mama, too. My husband is a very, very gentle guy, but when the kids are sick or upset, they need me and it IS sweet. Lovely post.

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  13. This made me smile... my 7 year old will sometimes crawl in bed with me and I tell her that she needs to sleep in her own bed, but secretly, I love it... :)

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  14. Loved this! I know that look of relief, too, and I'm happy to be the one seeing it sometimes.

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  15. What a great start to your day! And I, like everyone else, am very impressed by your ability to stay up AND do everything else so early!! I love my sleep (no kids yet), so I cherish it while it lasts.

    I love your positive outlook and your kind mothering! Very sweet.

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  16. Ahhh yes. I am glad to be the mommy (and the daddy :) too. It makes me feel so wonderful to know that my little one trusts me...no matter what. Truly something to be thankful for.

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  17. and that's what being a mommy is all about! =)

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  18. I love your positive attitude about it all! Mommy's rule!

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  19. That's funny.

    1. My 4-year old woke up around 4 a.m., too, this morning to go to the potty.

    2. I'm glad, too, that it was my wife who woke up and be with him.

    Mike
    http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com/

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  20. Don't you just love that "Oh, my rescuer cometh" look they get...makes you feel like you can take on the world...

    Wonder if we ever look at God like that, how it makes Him feel...

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  21. What a rough night, sleepwise that is. Your a sweet mom and I've garbaged my sons underwear before too.

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  22. That's so sweet. Great way to think as well. Hope you get to bed early tonight!

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  23. What a sweet experience! Thanks for taking the time to share it. I'm sad to say that I'm not always as joyful as I should be at nighttime wakeups - hopefully I'll be able to change my perspective before my little guy becomes more aware of mommy's feelings! (Really, I'm not ugly in the middle of the night, just so incoherent I can barely stand)

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  24. Amazing. I don't think I would've been as positive or patient. I wish! Do you pray a lot for patience? Please share your mommy prayers! :)

    Your family is very blessed to have you. I find much encouragement reading your blog.

    Oh, and way to go getting in the work out! How'd you make it through the day without collapsing?

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  25. Sniff, sniff, gulp... What a sweet post!

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  26. what a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

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  27. A very sweet story. Although, most times, in our family, hubby does much better in the middle of the night than I do (with the big boys, baby is always my duty until nursing is over). You are such a good mom Steph.

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  28. gah. I adore this post. What a good mama you are!!

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  29. Aww, sounds like you have such a great perspective. I am amazed though, pilates too!? LOL I'd have needed a big pot of coffee. ;)

    What did the green yarn become?

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  30. a beautiful beautiful post... i love being a mommy too...

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