Posts tagged ‘baby’

saying yes

We spent a happy and hectic weekend recently at my brother’s house, whose grown daughters no longer require baby gates and outlet covers.  One person was assigned at all times to our foster son, to keep his roving little feet and hands out of trouble.

Cheerful by nature, the poor boy cried with frustration more than once, irritated by the sharp tone of “no!” he heard again and again as he approached the stairs, the garbage can, the dog food dishes.

It’s wonderful to be back at home with our baby gates and cabinet latches and relatively baby-proof spaces.  Our son can once again roam his bedroom, playroom and our kitchen; the alluring dog and cat food dishes are safely on the other side of the gate; he is only occasionally accosted with a firm no.  Within the boundaries we set for him, it’s safe enough to let him explore and experiment.  We are of course always nearby, but we don’t have to be a half step behind him with a vigilant eye at all times.  I have more opportunities to say yes.

I like making resolutions, whether it’s at the new year, or around my birthday, or other times when I need to reassess and revitalize myself.  This new year, I am trying to shift my thinking about my resolutions, so that I can use them the way we do baby gates for our son–an opportunity to say “yes” to myself.

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January 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

simply s t r e t c h

One of my favorite moments of every day is watching my daughter Nora wake up.  Sometimes she is lying in bed with her eyes open when I go in to check on her.  She’s quietly looking around the room, wrapped up in her swaddling blanket.  Sometimes she’s fussing a bit, making the squeaks and squawks which mean she is about to cry.  Sometimes she’s already crying, mouth wide open and eyes tightly shut.

When I peel open her swaddling blanket, no matter what Nora was doing the moment before, she stretches.  Immediately when her first arm is released, it goes over her head.  Second arm released, goes overhead.  Then a long stretch with her short little arms, and a big arch in her back as she rolls slightly to her side.  Then she stretches her little legs as long as they go.

What an inspiration!  Although Nora has been in many yoga classes since she was conceived–most of them in utero!–nobody had to teach her to stretch first thing in the morning.  It’s something every baby knows to do–after a long sleep, some time in the carseat, or a satisfying meal, pause and take a long stretch, head to toe.

I have so little time to practice these days, but I watch Nora and realize–much as I would enjoy it, I don’t need 90 minutes–or even 9 minutes–to practice yoga.  I just need to pause for one moment, take a deep breath, and stretch myself head to toe.

It’s as simple as that.

September 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm 2 comments

Return of the Blog Posts

(Reminder that it is Sharon who writes the blog.)

Apologies to those of you (if there are any of you!) who look for new posts here for the long delay.  We–my husband Kevin and I–had the joy of welcoming a new baby into our lives on December 1st.  This baby has come to us via foster care, so his arrival was totally unplanned and unexpected, and most welcome.

So, I have been caught up in mothering an infant son without the usual gestation and preparation time.  It’s been lovely and (over)whelming (see previous post on whelmed).

Our foster son starts daycare tomorrow, so I am hopeful that this week marks the return of a more regular routine for our household, and my more regular routine to blogging.

During our intake with the daycare people, the daycare provider asked the questions I expected of her, about his daily routine now, how we know he is hungry, tired, and so forth.  Then, she asked me a question that caused me to pause–what are the qualities that you admire in him?

Now, here is he, a little ten-week old baby who I loved the moment I saw him in his hospital bassinet.  At the moment she asked the question, I was holding him in my arms, literally close to my heart.

“Of course I love him,” was my first thought.  “He’s an adorable baby!”  But then I paused, and stepped back, and thought about her question.

To name the qualities of those we love, those who are closest to us, is something different than simply loving them.  When we are so close to another–whether it is our spouse, our children, our brother or sister, our best friend–we can get so close that we stop seeing the specific qualities that we first fell in love with, that we admire, that keep us close.

Her question forced me to stop, to pause, to feel the weight of him in my arms, the love of him in my heart, and to name those qualities that I most admire.  In naming those qualities, I experienced my love of him that much more fully.  Understood it a bit more.

I’m working with that question in my own heart and my own life this week.  What are the qualities I admire in those around me, those who are closest to me?  When I name the qualities I admire–in my foster son, it is his steadfastness and his sweetness–I can feel my own heart grow just a bit more.

Thanks to everyone for your loving support on our journey.

Namaste.

February 7, 2011 at 10:22 am 1 comment


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