Every once in a while a realization hits me. They come to me at odd times, seemingly out of the blue, but usually when my mind is at rest, not thinking of anything in particular. My most recent realization is the need to reconnect with my toddler after naps. I know, there are plenty of books that say to do this, but it took me a while to see that it applied to me. You see, I still hold Goen when he naps. He lays across my lap because that is the only way (other than driving him to sleep) that I can get him to nap. Anyway, back to my point. Even though I feel like I'm spending that time with him, as far as he's concerned there is a separation between us when he sleeps. His subconscious may be aware that he is safe in my arms, but the way he clings to me upon waking tells me he thinks I've been gone. And so I began making an effort to reconnect with him in some way before attempting to do anything else. Whether we read for a few minutes or eat a little snack together, the emphasis is on him being with me, in contact. With him on my lap, I can talk to him, kiss his head, and hold him close. It doesn't take much effort; certainly less than it would if I tried to get right to work and deal with him at my heels begging for attention. So he wakes up and we sit down together to share a few more minutes of "us" time before I get to work.
Hi. My name is Carley. I love to sew, craft, and create. As a Jane-of all-crafts so to speak, I enjoy sewing, writing, cooking, drawing, photographing. But the constant thread (if you'll excuse the pun) throughout my weeks is needle arts.