Monday, March 18, 2013

The days are long

The days are long but the years are short.
One thing at a time.
They only need love.

These are the things I have been repeating to myself, hoping that enough repetitions will make these truths feel more natural. I have been tired these last couple of weeks. I have come to recognize a pattern, that between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy, there is dizziness, tiredness, an unquenchable thirst, loosening ligaments and sudden drops of blood pressure. I am taking my iron pills, getting an afternoon nap, eating well and often, but I know there is only so much I can do before I succumb to just riding it out.
I'm sure most medical practitioners would tell me to take it easy, but my three little bosses couldn't disagree more. They feel the energy that comes with longer days and stronger sunshine. They want to be awake more, sleep less, eat more, climb things and require my undivided attention. And I can't blame them, there's a big wide world to explore and at four and one and one years old (that doesn't make grammatical sense), they don't appreciate my desire to take it easy and slow. 
So where is the balance for me to strike? It is in reminding myself the girls don't expect much. Love, snacks, cuddles, diaper changes and afternoons spent smiling. No rules as to how we achieve this, and it's simple. So I return to my mantras. the days are short, but the years are long. One thing at a time. They only need love. Patience. 
Everything else can, and will, have to wait!

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