It was real easy to do that in the beginning. He slept all the time. I was able to get everything I needed done during his naps and even have some time left over to relax.
As he started getting older and I began committing to more projects, sleep time became precious.
There are times when I'm in the middle of a project and I hear Nate wake up from his nap and I think "Already? Just sleep 10 more minutes so I can finish this." It's easy for me to get frustrated. Other times, I make the choice to stay up later than I should have. Of course it is on those mornings that he chooses to wake up a half hour early or, even worse, he just happens to wake up every hour and a half wanting to nurse.
During moments like these, it is easy to get frustrated or upset. As a mom, my daily routine and free time/work time is structured around Nate's schedule. Rather than get frustrated, there are a few other steps I can choose to take to help make our day better.
Think about my priorities: When I take the time to slow down and think about my priorities, I realize that what I'm working on does not come even close to Nate. He is above my blog work, homework, house cleaning, Twitter, Google Reader, Facebook, email and everything else that I might possibly be working on. When I choose to remember this, it is easier to abandon the task at hand and greet my son with excitement.
There will always be more time: I do not have to finish what I'm working on during his nap time. There will always be more time to finish that project later. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
A happy mama can mean a happy baby: If I am happy and playful, there is a better chance that Nate will be happy as well. Of course there are times that Nate is cranky no matter what I do, but for the most part, if I'm happy and focused on Nate, he is happy. And a happy baby means a happy mama. See how it is a continual cycle?
Remember the tremendous blessing: I am beyond incredibly blessed to have a healthy and beautiful baby boy. I want to remember that during every moment spent with him. When he's happy, sad, cranky, awake at 3 am, making a mess during lunch time, being incredibly cute and flirting with the ladies at the next table, learning to walk, and all the moments in between, I want to remember how blessed I am. Keeping that blessing in mind will help me greet Nate the way I want to regardless of whether his timing is bad.
If all else fails...Have a great husband like mine who volunteers to get up early on most weekends. By the time I wake up, Nate has been changed twice, fed breakfast, and has spent some great quality time with his Dad, who just might be able to snag the Greatest Dad in America award.