In My Dreams

27 Jun

In my dreams, my daughter takes her naps and sleeps in until 8am.

In my dreams, my house is always clean and babies don’t throw food when they eat.

In my dreams, the laundry comes out of the dryer already folded and, heck, while we’re at it, put away in the closet.  The dishes are always done, and my bed is always made.

It’s really not too much to ask, is it?

 

Unfortunately, I don’t live in a dream world.

The laundry sometimes sits in the washer for too long and has to be washed again.  The bed is never made.  My house is not clean, and Clara always throws food on the floor when she eats.  Sometimes on purpose, sometimes not.  And she certainly doesn’t sleep in until 8am.  (By the way, I think there used to be days when “sleeping in” meant something more like 11am than 8.  It’s like a vague and fading memory.)

I’m thinking back to when Clara was a newborn and how exhausted I was, and I’m not really sure how to compare then to now.  Clara is officially what you call a “cruiser” – pulling herself up on everything in sight, even if it’s not the most stable object in the world (read: our kitchen chairs which are heavier on the back than the front), and walking around it.  You can see the look in her eye when she gets to the edge… not sure what she will do – go around the corner, or just take off on her own.

It’s amazing to watch, and I couldn’t be more proud.  I love seeing her brain working so hard, thinking about what to do next.  I love seeing her visibly improve from day to day.  I will say, though, it is an exhausting stage.  She wants to walk around all the time, which means either holding my hand or me being on high alert for tumbles and falls.  I wouldn’t change it, but wow, I am tired.

Tomorrow she’ll be 9 months old.  We have to do a photo shoot and I’ll write her another letter.  I really love those letters, and I hope that she will love them someday, too.

Whoops, gotta go… Clara just found my Better Homes and Gardens magazine … and is currently ripping it to shreds.

One Response to “In My Dreams”

  1. Cheyenne Schultz June 27, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    i’m right there with ya, girl. 🙂

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