Thirty minutes later she was awake and crying, an indication it would be a night of little sleep and I was already exhausted from work. Unlike other nights of dragging myself in there to check on her though; I bounced up the stairs eager to see my sweet pea. And to my heart's joy I could see the exact moment she recognized me as her expression changed and her eyes popped. In that recognition there was also a renewed energy and she remained wide awake for over an hour. I could not help but laugh. My absence had made all the difference in whether this late night snuggle was draining or healing.
Last night my daughter woke every hour and a half for at least thirty minutes each time. Sleep wise it was not our roughest night by far but not the preferred three hour sleeping blocks I usually prefer. Yet last night there was no grumbles from me as I drug my tired body out of bed over and over again. My mindset had shifted and I was there to reassure her, feed her, change her, and rock her each time she called.
This morning as I blog, listening to my little one sleep on the monitor I am finding humor in her sounds. She is a grumbly sleeper and frequently groans or squeaks as she adjusts to a more comfortable position. If you have seen the movie "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" with Donald Sutherland (the funny one, not the darker tv series created later) you may remember an overdramatized death scene at the end. The vampire rolls on the floor groaning then gets still only to start up the dramatic death groans once again. This is the scene I picture as I hear my daughter's groans upstairs as she decides if she is going to wake or just find a different position and in my sleep deprived mind there is nothing funnier right now.
I'm grateful for a new mindset. I'm grateful for laughter, especially delirious laughter. I'm grateful for the new perspective that work gave me. I'm grateful for the look of recognition and joy on my daughter's face when she woke last night. I'm grateful for the movie flashback my daughter gave me this morning, reminding me it has been too long since I have seen Buffy. And I'm grateful for these opportunities to shift my view.
What humor can you find today? How can you shift or renew your perspective on things?
May today give us plenty to laugh about and may we embrace the opportunity. Have a beautiful day!