Contentment is something Lindsay wrote a lot about in her earlier Let's Talk posts, and it's something that's been on my mind these last few days. It's something that is thrown in my face every day with a 9-month-old. Her little stages go by so fast, and I'm trying my best to slow down and savour each one. Savour being up cuddling through the ungodly hours of the night and savour her clingy-ness when she's only content in my arms. It helps to know that the phases pass so fast, savour the good ones, and know that the hard ones won't last forever.
Weather is something us Vancouverites talk about a lot. But as the sun has been shining these last few days I can't stop myself from talking about how beautiful it is! It's easier to get out of bed, to get ready, it really does make life better when you haven't seen the sky in weeks. I was walking home in the beautiful sunshine today and Hazel was happy and didn't need a hat on or blanket, which is a first. I thought to myself how we're entering into a new stage, once this rain is gone, never again will I lift her soaking wet stroller up those terrible stairs leading into our apartment building. This year next time, she will be walking, she'll be too heavy to lift, or heck, we will probably be living somewhere else. I'm trying to soak up these days, looking forward to what's ahead, but not focusing on that. It's so good to be excited about things to come, but I'm trying my best to live in the present, and enjoy these precious days! She really is so fun right now, despite the sleeplessness. I know I'll look back on these days and remember how special they were.
I am constantly amazed by God's timing. How he brought Hazel around at just the right time. I'm so grateful she crossed paths with my mom, even if it was just for a few short months. She's now the little bundle of joy at all family gatherings, however hard they can be at moments. She's just a huge, huge gift and I was just reminded of it again today.
While focusing on being content these days I am also really looking forward to getting away in May, for a nice, relaxing family vacation. I'm a bit nervous about the long flights we have with an almost one-year-old (I'm taking any tips I can get!)
I hope you have a great weekend, slow down, write a list of your blessings, what you're content with right now and enjoy the sunshine.