Once in a while, amid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and the everyday chaos that reigns supreme in a home with two full-time working parents and a small baby, a sweet quiet moment presents itself.
Those moments are my favorite, and I've enjoyed several of them this week: When I decided to forgo making the cranberry pumpkin bread for my office one evening in favor of playing with my sweet baby after a long day at work and daycare. When I made the conscious decision to stay snuggled up with him for just 5 more minutes one morning, knowing full well that 5 minutes would make me at least 5 minutes late to work. And when I laid down in my bed with him one night, pulling his sweet, solid weight right up against me as we watched the Michael Buble Christmas special before falling asleep.
I know that these little moments won't be around for forever. I am well aware of the fact that one day, instead of clamoring to be in my arms, my precious baby will run from my hugs and turn away from my kisses. His chubby little arms won't always raise up toward me every time I walk by, just begging to be held. His little head won't always nestle perfectly right into the curve of my neck and shoulder. His round cheeks won't always split into a grin the minute he sees me, with that paci hanging so precariously off the side of his perfect little lip. He won't always think that I am the greatest thing since sliced bread, and he definitely won't always prefer me above anyone else in the whole wide world. My window is small, and I plan to take full advantage of it for as long as he'll let me.
That being said, I'll take being late to work. I'll take missing out on the cranberry pumpkin bread. And I'll take drifting into snooze-land well before the end of a much-anticipated Christmas special. If it means more time with my baby, I'll take it. No matter what.
This Christmas season, I may be missing out on a few things. But I'm gaining a lot more. And I am oh, so thankful for every. single. second. I am truly having a merry little Christmas.
A Little Bit of Cheer for December 20: My Christmas vacation begins today! I am officially off for the next week, and couldn't be more excited about it. Mama will be playing Santa for the next few days, and will be flying the 'sleigh' (aka mom-mobile) all around town to get everything ready for the big celebration. The next few days will be so much fun! This little guy has no idea of the fun in store. And I can't wait to share it all with him:)
Hoping you all enjoy this last weekend before Christmas! Soak it up, friends.
Soak it up.