Mindful Moment: Flora’s Tree

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Trimming the tree is always one of my favorite activities. Now with little Thibault here, I had to accept the fact that I couldn’t come and pick out our Christmas tree this year. A combination of scheduling around breastfeeding a newborn, a toddler’s nap schedule, and the fact that our car is so tiny that we can barely fit in it as a family of four. It made me realize it was probably best if Jaap and Flora picked out the tree without us. I have to hand it to my husband. They picked out a great tree.

Here is a shot of Flora completely enamoured with her tree. She spent the entire day hanging up ornaments and then moving them around the tree. I love this shot of her.

Mindful Moment: Sisterly Love

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This cuteness comes with a price…no sleep! Sleep deprivation has officially set in and it has started to take a toll on the body. I have already recovered from an illness last week and I know that it was all brought on because of a lack of sleep. But, thanks to my incredible husband and loving in-laws (who came and took care of us for two days), I was able to recover and I’m feeling better now. “It takes a village to raise a child.” No kidding!

But, despite our lack of sleep and general feeling of haziness, my spirits are pretty high. I feel completely in love with our little Thibault and in a blink of an eye, he’s already one month old. How did that happen?

Some days are easier than others and I’m trying to live in the moment and not think too far down the road. Because the prospect of not going out at night, going back to work, the idea of more sleepless nights, etc. gets me down. Being present and mindful of the here and now are getting me through the day. Being conscious is key.

Due to illness, last week was rough. And then we have great days like today. Flora was such an amazing big sister. She loves her brother so much and it fills my heart. Here’s a snapshot of a cute moment cuddling on the couch this morning.