Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Quiet


The dark of the morning is quiet and still. I wake early each day with the desire to get a few things done before I hear the pitter patter of little feet across the pine floor.

Before my little man, mornings were my time. I was an early bird, up before the sun and well on my way to a great day before many people thought about getting out of bed. But with a little man who enjoyed cluster feeding and snuggles in the morning, my early mornings were a thing of the past...until a few weeks ago.

I have been sneaking, and I mean sneaking, out of bed in the early morning hours trying to get my time back. I have seen 5am, 5:30am, 6am...the little man, I have discovered, is quite the light sleeper from 5 to 6am, so the sneak factor is high to get out before 6am.

Once up my first stop is the kitchen, in the glow of a little lamp the kettle goes on for hot water and a squeeze of half lemon. Then off to get dressed followed by a bit of time catching up on my writing, reading, or crafting...whatever I feel like.

It feels good.

Good to be up in the dark stillness of our home. Good to get a few things done. Good to have just a few moments to myself before the day begins. Good to just be.

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  1. Enjoy your mornings Kim. It is lovely to have some quiet time.

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    1. It is so lovely, and I will enjoy them, thanks Julie.

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  2. This post made me laugh and smile. Isn't it funny how we know our little ones so well? How we know their sleep patterns and when their light phases of sleep are?

    Enjoy your early 'me time' moments.

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    1. Oh yes, we need to know those patterns, it helps us sneak out of bed in the morning :) I will enjoy every minute of it.

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  3. Early mornings are such a beautiful time, the silence and the sunrise

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  4. Your morning time sounds wonderful. I love the early morning. My little people went through a phase of waking earlier and earlier to keep up with me. Now they are finally sleeping in a bit more (until 6:15 or so!)

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    1. It is lovely. 6:15...yikes! Reece has never been an early riser, usually sometime between 7 and 7:30am.

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  5. Mmmm, enjoy that time. i keep reminding myself that i'll get there again.

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  6. I'm starting to see those days. S sleeps in until almost 7 now! V is not to far behind. Soon enough I'll have tea in the morning alone.

    I love the sneaking part! I always have to sneak!

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    1. That is great to hear KC. Those moments the last few weeks have been awesome for me. Enjoy yours.

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  7. I'm a very early riser and I do love the aloneness that it brings. I am chuckling imagining you tip toeing around to get that bit of time to center and begin the day.

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    1. It is quite funny, me trying to sneak around so I don't wake him :)

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  8. I remember doing the same thing! Needing to reclaim some quiet time for myself and wanting that time to be before anyone was awake. Living in an old farmhouse makes sneaking down stairs even more tricky since it seems that each stair creeks! Needless to say, before they caught on to me it was quite lovely to have that time to myself. To do with as I pleased and to enjoy the peace that comes with being the only one awake! Enjoy every moment my friend. The peace of a still sleeping house is lovely.

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    1. It is so very lovely. We live in an old schoolhouse, so the floors squeak here too. I wince every time I hear a squeak :)

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  9. My littlest guy is quite the early riser still but I expect I'll do the same thing in a couple years. I remember those rare mornings when Audrey slept in. So nice! I too am a morning person.

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  10. I desperately want to be a morning person, but it doesn't come naturally to me at all - enjoy your time - sounds like it's worth sneaking for! :) And I just started doing the lemon in hot water thing on January 1 (instead of coffee) - I'm loving it.

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    1. My hubby is not a morning person either, he has tried, just doesn't work. I am addicted to my hot water and lemon, been doing it for at least 6 or 7 years. So awesome!

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  11. I enjoy post but I am absoluut no morning-person :-) I must drink cofee!

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    1. Thanks Jedidja, not everyone can be a morning person :)

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  12. I want my morning as well, but, alas, my children get up around 5:30 or 6, and I stay up too late to get up earlier than that. I like being up early but just don't like the actual waking up part.... Enjoy your morning time!

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    1. Yikes, that is early. I have been going to bed earlier, or at least trying. Haha, yeah sometimes the waking up part is hard :)

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  13. I'm so looking forward to getting mornings back! Freja is such a light sleeper, there is no sneaking out of bed yet! Enjoy that quiet time.

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    1. I hear ya Gretchen. It has taken me 4 years to be able to sneak out in the mornings, it will come.

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  14. It's so wonderful that you have a little bit of time to yourself. I'll bet it sets a wonderful tone for the day to begin it in such a fashion.

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    1. It really does Courtney, and the time to myself is lovely.

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  15. For me, I had my quiet moments in the evenings. I would get the boys to bed and go "hide" for about an hour...until the Hubs would find me. Once I explained what I was doing, he got it. Enjoy your time!

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    1. I get some quiet evening time too, but the morning just feels different.

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  16. one of my intentions for this year is to wake before the little feet are up. it is also a trick to sneak out of bed (where he has usually arrived to sometime through the previous night) without waking him. I do so feel more 'me' when I have that time. just 15 minutes alone is a wonderful way to start my day... and when i get an whole hour... aaaaaaaahh luxury!!

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    1. Oh, yes I do look forward to the time increasing. Right now it is anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes, which is great, but an hour, wow that would be amazing.

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  17. Oh Kim. I know exactly how this feels. I love love love my mornings. ;)
    I struggled with adjusting to chaotic mornings for many years, finally just really let go once I was pregnant this last time and surrendered to the chaos. lol
    Now I just find that I enjoy those moments throughout the day when I get them just as much but I still love that surprise morning to myself.

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    1. I know what you mean, I do enjoy the "alone" moments during the day, but the quiet stillness of the morning is just so different, so filling. Here's hoping I can keep them up :)

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  18. sounds so nice! Even though I don't have kids I still try to find myself "me" moments just because I'm usually so caught up in work and such! Enjoy your quiet times:)

    Josie
    FineandFeathered.com

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    1. It is Josie, I am really enjoying the quiet time. So important for all of us to find that time, so refreshing.

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