One thing I am learning as a new Mom is the importance of slowing down in life. Here is how I’m changing my ways to enjoy the little things in life.
I have always been a countdown person. I count down to Christmas starting after the day it ends. I count down to vacations, birthdays, and anniversaries. I count down to the last day of school. I counted down the days to my wedding. I counted down the days to my due date. If you asked me last year, or really any time in the last 28 years of my life when I could actually count, I could roughly give you how many days were left until my birthday.
Countdowns make the time go by faster because they give you something to look forward to. Long days seem much shorter when there is something to celebrate in your future. Plus, there is a joy in crossing days off of a calendar or seeing a countdown timer tick away on your phone. Countdowns are exciting. They are something to do to literally pass the time.
Slowing Down in Life
Ever since Annabelle was born, I deleted my countdown app. I don’t know how many days are left until my birthday and I certainly don’t know how many weeks/days/hours/minutes are left until Christmas. I don’t want to rush through my life anymore. I just want to enjoy every single second of it.
It’s funny – ever since I stopped counting down – I find that I can enjoy what’s going on around me a little more. I turn the television off when I am home alone with Annabelle and we play. We sing. We dance. When she naps, gone is the lazy hour spent in front of the tv. I now take my time to get things done around the house so when she wakes up we can play again. On the weekends, my husband and I take advantage of our time together as a family. We go for walks. We have snuggle fun time in bed with the baby. We sing and dance and make memories with Annabelle.
My Mom is coming to visit next week, and we are going to the beach the day after she leaves, so even though I want her here OH SO BAD, I am trying to stretch out the time until she gets here. Why should I waste a week away with my daughter ? When she gets here, I will try to appreciate every single second we have together, so we’re not looking at one another when I drive her to the airport wondering, “Where did the week go?”
Don’t Rush the Day Away
Granted I know that this will change once I go back to work, that I will want to rush my school days so I can get home to my daughter, I am going to have to remind myself that we only get this one life. I’ll need to let my days drag so I don’t blink my eyes and find myself at Annabelle’s 5th birthday party.