…Lessons from my 6 month old…
• Wake up with a smile. Most every morning Baby J wakes up with a huge double-toothed grin. It’s the most beautiful thing to wake up to, and who can blame him? He’s happy to be alive and begin a new day!
• Be Silly. Make funny sounds and giggle lots! Who cares what people think? So often we hold back hilarious laughter in fear of looking silly. Next time something makes you laugh, do it with some “umph”, use that giggle-box to its fullest potential!
• Nap. My son reminds me two, or (hopefully) three times a day to allow yourself to rest. I know he’s a growing baby and they rest more than adults, but he’s really on to something. The more I give myself a moment, some time to just read a little, take a cat-nap, or meditate, the more productive I will be as a Mother/Wife/Human-being. BELIEVE ME, lack of sleep makes me a very grumpy, irritable, and moody person. It’s the same way with him. I know when you’re a new Mom, it’s much easier said than done, but sleep should not be a luxury.
• Stretch. After each nap, my little “guru” automatically has these awesome, huge stretches that go from the tips of his tiny, delicious, toes with raised-arms over head all the way up to his fingertips (arched back and all)…so stinkin’ cute! I look at him and think, oh…yeah…I know that feeling…YES!
• Breathe. Breathe from your belly. I watch his little buddha-belly rise and fall and he’s really breathing, like, the real way. Not the way we (adults) have all been morphed in to breathing. At some point, we lose that instinct to breathe from our abdomens and take full breaths. It sucks, we are so rushed theses days to even breathe correctly. It’s simple: Breathe less, live longer. Shallow, quick, breathing from the chest isn’t as beneficial to our bodies as a deep, full, yummy breath from the belly and a long exhalation. Yes, I am a yoga teacher, but yes, I still need the reminder.
• Communicate. When something feels good, Baby J “coos” or “ahhs”…when he’s upset or sad, he vocalizes it and I certainly know how he feels! We often grow up and learn to suppress our feelings and hold back. My little guy has been teaching me the value of self-expression and communication. How else will anyone know how you feel unless you communicate it fully with heartfelt honesty? This is one I really need to work on the most. If someone does something for you and it makes you feel good – tell them! On the other hand, if you don’t care for the way something is being done or the way you are being treated – let them know, too! (Disclaimer: There’s always a tactful way of doing this…I’m still working on that one.) Haha! 😉
So, these are a few lessons my sweet, smart, little six month old baby boy has taught me. Seems simple enough, right? He is so incredibly wise and has given his Father and I so many gifts and he doesn’t even know it! If this is some of what I can take from the first six months, I can’t even imagine the marvelous journey ahead! I’m so excited! I hope you all can take a little something from my tiny “goo-roo”. Much love! ♥