We have an incredibly beautiful maple tree on our front lawn that happens to be within view of our large front window. Yesterday after the temperatures dipped down, the leaves started falling off the tree. There was no wind to knock them down, little by little they just fell from the tree. Normally this is not something I would take notice of but there was just something very peaceful about watching the leaves fall. So what did this mama do? I put down a "picnic" blanket, got our breakfast ready, and Luke and I ate breakfast while watching the leaves fall.
Normally my constantly moving mind and body would think this was an absolute waste of time and I could be doing a million other things. And part of me wanted to be aggravated because I literally raked the entire front and back lawn two days earlier (yeah yeah, I know there are more leaves to fall and rake). But something has finally snapped within me - something telling me to stop and smell the roses so to speak. I have been getting lots of sleep - this little baby has been amazing and I am getting almost 7 full hours of sleep a night. I don't think my mind is truly resting though, and it probably hasn't since we stepped back into the hospital five days after Owen was born. But, now, the simple things are what are helping my mind rest. Here are some recent examples:
1) Kids: we want to be super heroes. Me: great - here, let me pin some towels on your backs as capes. Me...gets to enjoy watching kids run around as super heroes with towel capes. Provides tons of smiles and exercise.
2) Me...forget dishes for now, take extra half hour to hold Owen and watch his cute little sleepy faces.
3) Me before - we only have 30 minutes to go outside, rake leaves and jump in them...forget it.
Me now - WE ONLY HAVE 30 MINUTES - LET'S MOVE IT!
In other news...Owen has officially been at home longer than his stay in the NICU...woohoo! Things are status quo, we have some more doctors appointments coming up for him but nothing that is going to be any big reveal as to what's going on. He's getting cuter by the minute...and was possibly the cutest sleepy pumpkin for Halloween...
Things I am grateful for this day:
1) The simple things...and those things that give my mind a little rest.
2) Public officials voted into office who will bring about necessary changes and not play into fear mongering.
3) The PT and OT who are taking care of my little sweet one. They really are great and are helping Owen in so many ways!