Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Normal, Everyday Kind of Days

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Lately we've been having a whole lot of normal, everyday kind of days. Nothing really special, or out of the ordinary. No big trips or fancy lunch dates. Just Henry and me, hanging out, doing our thing.

Most mornings Henry wakes up at 6:30am, but both his Dad and I have learned that he prefers to lounge about in bed, rolling around in his blanket, and slowly wake up on his own. And finally, at around 7am, he'll usually stand up and announce to the world he's ready to join it. This morning I swear he yelled out, "Alright, I'm up!" his big, toothy good morning-grin evident even in the small monitor's screen.

And so I go in, turn off the noise machine, turn off the camera, and tuck his ever-rotating stuffed animals under the covers in the corner of the crib (we'll see them at naptime, Henry!). I get my big-little baby changed, and then we head out to the kitchen where his cup of milk is waiting for him. Henry drinks in his chair while watching PBS, and while I make him breakfast. His typical first meal is either a waffle or piece of Ezekial toast with almond butter. Sometimes he'll have a slice of quiche or a bowl of oatmeal but he always has fresh fruit- raspberries, strawberries, and bananas, or whatever we have on hand.

He'll sit in his chair and eat slowly while he watches Sesame Street, his blonde bedhead bobbing up and down as he belly laughs along with his favorite characters. After we both eat the television goes off and we do a whole lot of playing. Sometimes we'll go on a walk, sometimes we'll run around in the yard, sometimes we'll curl up in the front room on the brown couch and read for a good hour. He  always likes to always be doing an activity, getting into something, or perfecting his newest hobby, climbing onto things he shouldn't.

During these kinds of days when we stay home, the rest of the day goes by in a whirlwind- naptime, lunchtime, snacktime, naptime again. Then Hank gets home and it's dinnertime-bathtime-storytime-bedtime. And at the end of our everyday-day when Henry is tucked into bed, and Hank and I are relaxing on the couch, I often find myself feeling so grateful for all of the little moments I've gotten to experience over the past ten or so hours. The simple things that made me smile- our routines, the way it feels to work on something everyday with Henry and then finally see him "get it" (like today, with the colors and shapes)...the "mmm" sound he makes when he really likes his lunch, or the way his face lights up when he figures out a puzzle piece that's been frustrating him. It's just neat. And even though we do manage to have lots and lots of special trips and fun outings, I think my most favorite days are these quiet, slower ones at home.

I feel lucky I have this little person in my life to remind me to stop and notice these things. This morning I was putting dishes away when I looked over and saw Henry staring intently out of the window at two red and black birds perched on the back fence. He was transfixed, his eyes wide as they flew away. Sometimes in blogging I feel like it's easy to feel like there isn't much to say if you aren't out doing seemingly amazing things, but sometimes the most interesting and beautiful things happen right at home, and the beauty in your everyday world is the most special thing there is. Because really, I think these are the days I'll always cherish the most, and the ones I will always want to remember- the normal, everyday kind of days. 

38 comments:

  1. These are the best kind of days!

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  2. That was such a beautiful post! I think it's a great reminder for everybody (no just those with kids) that it is so important to notice the little things in our everyday lives.

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  3. Thank you for such a beautiful post! Being a SAHM is tough sometimes, and on the days like today where the weather is keeping us indoors, it's easy to feel bored with mundane, everyday tasks. Thank you for reminding me that it's the little things that matter and to just enjoy every moment I have with my little guy.

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    1. You are so welcome and thank you for taking the time to comment! I feel the same way - it's so nice that you can relate too. <3

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  4. This was so sweet! Thank you for reminding me it's the little things that make life so wonderful. Beautiful post!
    -K

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    1. You are welcome! Thank you for reading. <3

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  5. I love this post. It makes me so incredibly excited for my baby girl to arrive in August. Looking forward to "everyday-days". =)

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    1. Oh, yay for August! I am so excited for you....and for all the everyday-days to come! ;)

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  6. loved everything about this, staying home with my daughter is the best job I could ever ask for.

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    1. Totally agree. It's the best job I've ever had!

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  7. This post is so sweet. I just adore it :)

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  8. aw, what a beautiful sentiment!

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    1. Thanks so much Kirstin! I always appreciate you reading. <3

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  10. Those are my favorite kind of days too! My little guy is a few months behind Henry, and he's got the climbing things he shouldn't thing down to a science. He really gives me a run for my money!

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    1. Megan- isn't the climbing thing insane? I feel like I have a million mini-heart attacks all day.

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  11. Such a sweet post. A great reminder to cherish the little things in life -- I think it's something that everyone should strive to do because,as the saying goes,"tomorrow isn't promised". I feel like I've said this before on your blog haha,but seriously. Have a great Wednesday,girl!

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    1. Hi Amber!

      You may feel like you've already said that because I feel like I have written on this topic a million times! ;)

      Have a great Thursday my friend!

      xo

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  12. Since Jen and I are disabled (she with BiPolar Depression and I with Depression and Separation Anxiety), most of our days are stay-at-home days. I have no problem with this - in fact, home is my absolute favorite place to be. I swear. Days like today... Eating, biking, yard work, cleaning outdoors, watching our favorite shows... These are the best days ever. Your days sound so special and sweet and you know, as he grows, Henry will love and cherish them. You sound like such a sweet momma.

    Also, I'm not asking in a judgmental way!!! because it's actually a path I am strongly considering, but: are you vegetarian/vegan? I thought, you may be, because of the breakfast foods butttt I may be totally wrong and that's okay too!

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  13. This was a beautiful post. We all need a reminder to enjoy the little moments. Henry is adorable.

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  14. I love this whole post. You are right in no matter what fun trips we take the most special days are when we spend them at home.

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  15. Being at home, embracing the everyday moments that make up being a parent ... are truly the best :)

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  16. Best kind of posts, sigh. Realistic and beautiful!

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  17. i'm not a parent yet but as a nanny i definitely had a sense of that. kids make everything a little more interesting.

    http://challengedromantic.blogspot.com/

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  18. Lately we've been on the go, go, go and things have been really challenging. I'm so looking forward to sinking back into our "everyday days". Thanks for sharing.

    Kacie

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  19. The little things are sometimes the best, eh?

    Love this post.
    You put into words what I think of when looking at my little guy Charlie :)

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  20. New follower! I am looking forward to keeping up with you and your writings!

    Please follow us back over at
    http://threewisemommys.blogspot.com

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  21. loved this post. henry is a lucky little guy to have a mom like you. happy mother's day lady!

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  22. Christine LorraineMay 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I loved this. After I finished reading, I began realizing how much I do want to be a mother someday. I've always known that I'll have children at some point, but it's always seemed so far off that I haven't put too much thought into it. This post has inspired me, and I now feel so excited to experience being a momma. But I'm only 22 and have a lot to figure out before that happens! :) Thanks for blogging, Danielle. Always such a joy to read.

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  23. so true. i can't wait til my son is a little bit older so he and i can have more interaction. he is barely 2 weeks old. you painted a pretty picture of what i have to look forward too. and the best things in life are the most simple things. i love this post. :)

    jessica
    http://feistyfeathers.blogspot.com

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  24. Awww, sweet domestic life. :)

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