‘The days are long but the years are short’ is phrase mothers are often told. In my thus-far limited experience, it is so true! Some days are long indeed with the nights being even longer; but as a whole, time really does fly by.
My Little Lady is in the middle of a growth spurt. Which for her means lots waking up to eat during the night, wanting frequent (but short) naps during the day, fussing more than usual, wanting to eat more than usual, and wanting to be within 2 feet of me all day long (preferably being held!). Day One of her current spurt started last night. If her typical pattern holds, we have about two days left
A Long Night and Day
Today felt long. It was one of those days where you look at your baby and just want to cuddle her sweetness all day but simultaneously it feels like her bedtime is forever away.
As I wrote last time, I like to pray when I am up with Little Lady during the early morning hours. When she woke 3 hours earlier than usual acting very hungry, I knew we were in for a long night. I felt so tired (I am not at my best at 1 am!) and my prayer was simply “Jesus, help me to love her well and help me to make it through tonight and tomorrow joyfully”.
Do you know what? He did. After 3 failed attempts to put her back to bed the next time she woke up, I snuggled her in the glider until I could tell she was in a deep sleep, tip-toed to her crib and gave her a kiss. She stirred just a little and slept blissfully until 8 am.
Little Lady has gotten so active during the day, that I hardly ever get to just snuggle her anymore. She always wants to look or hold or touch and interact with the world around her. It was so sweet to have that time to just hold her and listen to her sweet sleeping noises.
When I woke up this morning, I felt wide awake and full of energy despite being awake for 3 hours last night. I didn’t even get sleepy until late afternoon, which made it so much easier to enjoy my Little Lady.
She only wanted to be awake for about 1.5 hours at a time, so even though her naps were on the short side, I got a breaks sprinkled throughout the day and a chance to tend to my to-do list. She went to sleep like a dream for every single nap which encouraged me that I was giving her what she needed when she needed it.
Little Lady would fuss after only a few minutes on her play mat or in her chair, but her face lit up each time I picked her up and sat her in my lap. That made my mama heart so happy! So, we spent a lot of the day on the couch looking at each other and playing with her favorite toys.
Grace for This Day
My prayer was answered in so many ways throughout the day. No, the day didn’t get any shorter or the growth spurt any easier, but today was sprinkled with so many God hugs.
God gives us grace when we need it. He doesn’t supply it before or after. I can’t stock up and stick it in the deep freezer until next time. He gives it perfectly on time every time.
As I keep calling out to him, he will faithfully provide what I need when I need it. Mothering is so, so wonderful and aside from marrying my husband is the best thing I have ever done. It is also the hardest thing I have ever done. But my God is faithful to his children and it is by his grace alone that I am able to mother well.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:28-31
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