May 22, 2009

Live From The Front Seat

Today is beautiful.

I'm home from a full day of driving and shopping and visiting my grandparents with Gray & Ivy. They are asleep in the backseat and there is no way I could interrupt the quiet. I say they need to finish a good nap. That means I need this time for myself. Even if I have to sprawl out on the front seat in a skirt one-finger typing on my iPhone.


The breeze is blowing, there's old Dave Matthews tinny in the speakers, and the sun is shining.


We're in the shade, but I can see the sun from here. In just a couple minutes the older boys will be getting off the bus and my moment will be over.

Today I could reach Gray more than I have since Ivy was born. Probably since he stopped nursing. Anyone that knows Gray is witness to the "about an hour" waiting period it takes to get him to warm up, to come out of his shell. He said this was a great trip we had. He got to see a dog with its head hanging out a window, another one in the driver's side like it was driving a car. These things made him happy. He opened up to me. He is finally, I hope, coming out of the darkness and into the light. As much darkness and light a three year old can experience. And that's more than one might think.

Aimee Mann is on now, and I hear the bus at the corner. Time to wake up. Time to leave the shade. And step into the sun.


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29 comments:

  1. So happy to hear that Gray had an "opening up" day - oh and those "need to finish her nap" times in the car are my little treasures - fortunately I have an awesome nature area and an abandoned, never completed subdivision I can wander around - perfect for just enjoying the silence and the natural world.

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  2. That is so nice to hear!

    Also -- you look fantastic, mama!

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  3. I enjoyed playing ball with my Gray today. He was so proud of himself at catching the ball. He was so excited to tell us about the dogs. And to think, he loves Penney the dog over Mimi...but, that's our Gray! You look so pretty in that picture enjoying your quiet time.

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  4. Sounds like a perfect day with the perfect end. I have had many a quiet moment in the front of my car while Baby Sister napped and Big Brother went into hockey practice (with Hubby of course he is too young to go alone). It is a very special kind of peaceful. Glad you got to enjoy it. And glad Gray opened up a bit - it is good for everyone.

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  5. Seriously, you rock those sunglasses.

    And for some reason, your posts about Gray just touch my mother's heart. They make me think of every moment, every afternoon, every day when my oldest son has decided -for whatever reason- that he shall be Mr. GrumpyPants and I will be his victim and he just doesn't care how it squishes up my heart in the process. I'm so glad you had a peaceful, intimate break with Gray- it's good for the soul, yes?

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  6. I love these little glimpses into your day to day life. It's so real and raw, and I like that.

    When you talk about Gray it always makes me think about my little guy, who has a big sister and a little sister and tends to get stuck in the middle. He is so much like me in personality, and withdraws when he's sad the same way I do. I know how to reach him, but sometimes it's still hard to do.

    I'm so happy that Gray is opening up to you.

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  7. I am so glad Gray had a good "Open" day! Us mamas need those days to make us more "open".

    It is the silence that sometimes is my sanity. Even if it is only 5 minutes stolen in the car or 30 minutes of quiet before the kids wake for the day. Peace and quiet is the sanity we all need sometimes.

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  8. What a beautiful few moments, and a beautiful day :) So glad Gray opened up today, sounds pretty miraculous.

    Good for you for enjoying the peaceful music filled moments!

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  9. Look at you, sitting in the car all cute. So glad your day was a good one. I love Aimee Mann.

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  10. I cherish my "quiet" time right before I wake the boys up for school even though it's only a few minutes. Cute pic!!!!

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  11. Beautiful post from a beautiful momma. You look so pretty in this picture, Steph!

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  12. That was beautiful! I love when an everyday kind of day like driving and shopping turns into something more because you can take the time to have a moment. How nice for you, and for you and Gray!

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  13. alone time is always the best..even with 2 babies in the back.

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  14. You're all sorts of adorable. And I am truly so very happy to hear about Gray.

    Nell

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  15. Glad the sun is shining for you. And that Gray is opening up.

    Have a great weekend.

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  16. sigh! The moment between when they have slept long enough that you miss them and the waking when you wish the peace would have lasted a moment longer!!! Great post!

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  17. How wonderful about Gray's progress! Sound slike you had a blast...days like that should be repeated all summer long. :-)

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  18. That reminds me of when I used to pick up Jackson from school with Julia napping in her car seat... back before Olivia and Sophia were born. It feels like a lifetime ago.

    You look fabulous as always!!!

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  19. I'm glad that everyone had a wonderful day!

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  20. It took a reeeaaally long time for Miles when Asher came along. He's a very reflective and sensitive spirit and my heart was breaking for his sadness. Things changed, that's just part of life, but he didn't handle it well. At all. I didn't recognize him. I hardly believed I'd get the real Miles back. It wasn't his fault of course, just a hard time. It's only recently (and Asher is almost two) that he's started to really love his role as older brother. It happens, it's just sometimes painfully slow.

    I'm so glad to hear that it's happening for Gray. What a good day you had. There's really not much better than a doggy head out a window :)

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  21. Great picture. I love your glasses. When I had only one baby I used to carry a book in my car so that if he fell asleep I could pull over somewhere and just read. Those quiet times were just precious to me.

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  22. I'm glad to hear Gray opened up to you a bit =) What a wonderful gift!

    I hope you guys all have a happy weekend!

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  24. You're lookin' good, momma! ;) I love the top you're wearing, too.

    I'm so happy to hear about Gray, and about your beautiful day and the brightness that revolves around you when you get that alone time. There is just nothing like it, is there? Something empowering about being in the front seat, kids asleep, music filling the air around you, sun smiling at you and just you and your uninterrupted thoughts, huh?

    And Dave Matthews, heck yeah!

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  25. So glad to hear Gray is opening up to you! What a relief for you.

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  26. What a beautiful post, Steph. You described so well a place we have all been. Those moments when you can sit back and just drink in life a little. It is amazing how those good moments with our little people put things back into a good spot, proper prespctive. And a little Dave Matthews on the radio can usually turn any moment into an experience. He is SO great!

    Oh, and cool shades woman! :)

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  27. You're beautiful, Steph.

    I always think that when I see pictures of you. You're pretty, of course. And photogenic. But your lovely heart stands out most of all.

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