The other night, after three long naps during the day, Joanie had a hard time falling asleep. I didn’t want her to keep Jackson awake, especially since he hadn’t been sleeping well the last few nights and needed his rest, so I brought Joanie into our room and snuggled up with her in bed. But she didn’t want to snuggle — she wanted to play. So we played peek-a-boo and a bunch of other games whose names you wouldn’t recognize because I made them up but they involve flying in the air or jumping on the bed and clapping hands and singing songs. Joanie was very, very happy. Well, she usually is. But she was even more so on this night, and so was I. Jackson was asleep by 8 and he didn’t wake up until morning. Joanie went to bed shortly after 8, too. We all slept well for the first time in a couple weeks.
It’s been an intense year for us with lots of ups and downs, but in those moments when the baby is laughing and Jackson is sleeping and the home is clean and warm and full of love, I’m at peace. I hope this Christmas season, whether you celebrate the actual occasion or not, you also feel moments of peace in the midst of whatever chaos the rest of the season might bring. Have a wonderful long holiday weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday. xoxo