The lesson today is one that I have learned several times since having my daughter. It doesn't get easier and still manages to even surprise me sometimes. The lesson has to do with how much I like sleep.
Having family in town meant the nap schedules got a little out of whack. In exchange for the shortened baps and all the excitement, my daughter had been sleeping in until seven in the morning. It was nice to sleep in just a little or have the opportunity to get ready before she woke.
Last night I decided to stay up late talking with our company. It was our last night together this trip and I was feeling confident that the hours of sleep could be made up by sleeping in. Haha! I have felt this false confidence before and my daughter has repeatedly taught me the lesson of unpredictability when it comes to sleep.
We went to bed a little after eleven. And at five this morning my daughter was ready to greet the day. Of course, had I known this I would have gone to bed early because I have work to work later today. Yet in not knowing I got to enjoy quality time with family, undistracted by chasing a little one around.
Sometimes it is better to not know. Sometimes we create the best memories and make quality connections by not knowing what the future would bring. Hindsight may make the choices more clear but it doesn't always mean choosing "right".
I may be tired but I am grateful for last night. I'm grateful for a weekend getting to know my husband's family a little better. I'm grateful for the time they got to spend with my little one as she grows so fast. I'm grateful to take the opportunity to stay up late and talk with them. I'm grateful I had the false confidence to not be checking my watch every ten minutes. And I'm grateful to know there will be opportunities to make up the lost sleep over the next few days.
When did hindsight give you better information? When would you have made the same choice anyway?
May today remind us the lessons learned are sometimes better than making a different decision. May our lessons be gentle and may we cherish the memories made with our choices. Have a beautiful day!