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>Taking time to enjoy doing nothing


I’ve been so caught up recently in the angst around returning to work, the building work we’re having done and trying to get my to do list done before I’m away from the house during the week that I seem to have been on the go constantly.

But yesterday afternoon, I found myself sitting in my kitchen, huddled up to the Aga, with a cup of coffee and between jobs.  Babygirl was happy in her bouncy chair and nothing was clamouring to get done immediately.

So picked up my knitting and focused on just being.  On savouring the moment.  On admiring the view out of my kitchen window.

And then contemplating how different life is from one year ago, from two years ago and how fortunate I am.

And reminding myself that all of this worry over going back to work is transitory, that in a few months decisions will have been reached, compromises made and this will all appear like a storm in a teacup.

But what’s best is that Babygirl found her fingers, sucked them and for the first time in 17 weeks soothed herself to sleep.  Admittedly only a 20 minute power nap but this is progress and it reinforced that everything passes and I need to remember to take time out to be there, in the moment and not continually focused on the might be and the possibly.

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11 comments to >Taking time to enjoy doing nothing

  • TheMadHouse

    >Well done babygirl and oh I do need to knit or at least learn to knit

  • Heather

    >that sounds like a wonderful moment.

  • angelsandurchinsblog

    >Love that your first instinct when you get a second to yourself is to pick up knitting! You are just like my mother (and I mean that as a big compliment; she never stops either)

  • Liz (LivingwithKids)

    >Lovely post – and a reminder that we all need to slow it down sometimes xxx

  • 21stcenturymummy

    >One word "Heaven"!

  • Crystal Jigsaw

    >That is so lovely, a true milestone in a child's life.

    CJ xx

  • Myshka

    >Thank you for posting this. I think we're both oddly on the same wavelength at the moment. I know exactly how you feel.

  • Geriatric Mummy

    >Those moments, when you can just 'be' are so rare as a mother and are to be very much savoured.

  • Knackered Mother

    >The odd thing is, whenever I get a moment like that I feel I should be 'doing something' – putting a wash on, bundling socks, blah blah – but am learning to flick guilt the 'V' sign and do something for me. If only it was as constructive as knitting! Well done you x

  • Muddling Along Mummy

    >Knackered Mother – I think we're programmed to always see what needs to be done and for it to be more important than taking time. At least for me knitting is still doing something constructive – and it is very therapeutic

    Geriatric Mummy – I know, I have a secret hope that at some stage mine might nap at the same time

    Myshka – thank you !

    Crystal Jigsaw – I know, I love that she's found those fingers

    21st Century Mummy – or perhaps bliss !

    Liz – thank you – I keep forgetting to just sit and enjoy things

    Angels & Urchins – I guess its inbred, its what my Mum and Gran used to do… I find it really rewarding though

    Heather – it was

    The Mad House – it is really easy to knit (or at least the stuff I do) – if you can get someone to show you the basics you'll be up and running in no time, I could show you …

  • Babies who brunch

    >i am missing knitting a lot…. i found it was either knitting or blogging and i couldn't do both…. (although i wish i blogged a lot more too.) and hoorah for sucking fingers. mine briefly sucked his thumb. and then stopped…..

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