Last night as I finally closed my eyes, I said to myself: "Self there will be no blogging until you have finished ALL your holiday 'stuff'" But then lots of ideas started running through my head! So here I am ... I am going to share one little thought today about something that has made our family life LOTS better: Co-Sleeping! I hope to add more about this soon but for today I am going to just share this little story of why it is nice for us!
I love listening to my children but I will say that during the day with five little ones running around there are times that I miss a lot. But very frequently as we are all cozied into our beds, lights out, the kids get to chatting and here is where I hear lots of very cute things! Things about their day, how they perceive the world, their future plans and imaginations run wild! I really love this time, the kids seem less inhibited and share freely, I learn so much - it is kind of my personal bed time story - which offers insight to my children. Providing ideas for projects, school lessons, gifts and just some smiles.
A little conversation from last night between Jacob (age 7) and Rick (age3). I am not sure what they were talking about originally but here is some of what was said.
Jacob: "We all have a brain."On the side lines, mommy thinking: "Oh my, I guess we need to talk about our bodies and how they function and also about death" - reminder for lesson planning!
Rick: "I do not have a brain."
Jacob: "Your Brain tells you when to eat."
Rick: "No, my belly tells me when to eat."
Jacob: "But your brain tells your body what to do."
Rick: "I do not have a body."
Jacob: "Yes, you do."
Rick: "I do not have a brain because if I have a brain I will die and I do not have a body because if I have a body I will die."
Jacob (in an annoyed tone because he knew he was getting no where with the three year old): "Fine".
And last night we had one other reason why I love the family bed. The girls now have their own room. The family bed has always been a choice for our children, when we moved here the their is two bedrooms right next to each other and the girls wanted to share one. But last night about 3:00am in comes Ally with little sniffles and says: "I had a bad dream" and I said: "climb in" and she did and after a little snuggle, settled right back down to sleep! I love the fact that I do not have to get up n the middle of the night all the time, the kids are always welcome and sometimes cuddle in!
So there you go, like I said I have some ideas for future posts about co-sleeping but for today I have things to do and need to go!
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, Happy Holidays or Happy Solstice or just a Magical Day - whatever works for you!