For the most part, Harper is too old to need a nap in the afternoon. She's quite capable of falling asleep at that time, but then can't settle down for bed at night. However, in order to maintain a little sanity, we have often have afternoon "quiet time" during which Michael naps and she plays quietly in her room so I can accomplish something/read/email/ nap myself /etc.
Today things had gotten pretty quiet in there and when I went to investigate I found this mess:
And this sleeping beauty:
Meanwhile, it has been more and more difficult to get Michael to nap, as he has learned to do this:
The first day Michael figured out how to actually get to his feet I had to go back into his room at nap time to lay him down four different times before he gave in. Haha! My will is strong! I can outlast the one-year-old!
Again, I am lacking some cohesiveness with this post. The real reason I wanted to write today is to share the early Mother's Day gift I received last weekend. Matt made arrangements for me to have a day off!
I was given a card containing a hotel reservation for this coming Saturday night, at a hotel near some great shopping, and some spending money! I'll leave Saturday morning and come back late Sunday morning - with plenty of time to celebrate the rest of Mother's Day with Matt, Harper, Michael, and Mike and Ann.
At first I wondered, "Is it sad that I'm so thrilled with a gift that means I get to spend time away from my family?"
But of course it's not sad. It doesn't mean that I don't appreciate them. It's just a wonderful recognition, on Matt's part, that alone time to do something fun can be incredibly restorative. The best thing about the gift is that it makes me feel like Matt really does appreciate the things I try to do for our family, regardless of how imperfectly I may do them.