Happy New Year!!! 2016 was a year of blessings and sadness (as most every year is), but the birth of our sweet and adorable son, Nathan, topped the list of 2016 events. Baby Nate is a perfect addition to our family and has allowed me to shake my head when I hear others talk about what a horrible year 2016 was. Not for me – I got sweet baby Nate!
As most of the rest of the world settles on a resolution or two, I have made some of my own. Do I want to be healthier? Sure. Exercise more often? Yep. Stay more organized? Uh huh. All of these are lofty (though they shouldn’t be) goals, but they are not my tip top resolution for 2017. That one came about with a little inspiration from my daughter, Olivia. The day after Christmas, I was flitting from room to room, unpacking gift bags (and folding the tissue paper so as to save it for next year), opening new toys, and attempting to bring a semblance of order back to our house. Olivia was playing with her new Beauty and the Beast tea cart and had brought Mrs. Potts, Chip, and the other tea cup to our front staircase. She was seated about two steps up, tea service spread in front of her. She looked up as I walked into the laundry room to drop off some new baby clothes I wanted to launder before Nate wore them (yep, I’m that mom), and smiled. “Mommy, sit.” She pointed to the step next to her.
I looked at my sweet 2 year-old and responded, mid-step. “I will in a little bit, sweetie. I’m just trying to get some of these things put away.” I continued into the kitchen and grabbed something off the island.
Then I stopped. What am I doing?
My daughter didn’t ask much. She wasn’t for the world. Nothing extraordinary or expensive. She just wanted mommy to sit with her and play with her new toy from Santa.
So what did I do?
I sat. We drank pretend tea and talked about how delicious it was. She made me banana pie and I raved about its flavor. We toasted and giggled and cuddled. It was the best. And it took absolutely nothing from me but time.
So the gift bags stayed packed, the tissue unfolded, the new clothes unwashed for one more day. And it was totally worth it.
My most important, Olivia-inspired, New Year’s resolution: be more present. The mess will be there (try as I may to clean it up). The Facebook updates will still be scrolling. But the time I spend with my children and my husband won’t always be there. So I will commit to being more present in the moment in 2017. Cheers!