Do less, observe more, enjoy most. — Magda Gerber
My mornings routine (most days):
I co-sleep with my son and he usually wakes me up around 5:30-5:45 am. We nurse and cuddle until about 6 am. Then, E will yell, “Daaadddy!” And, Brian will yell back, “Buudddy.” B stops working and comes down and we have a short little family time. Then, he goes back to work and E and I will go in the kitchen and get breakfast ready.
We enjoy breakfast and play and go outside to see the sun for a little bit and sometimes go for a walk. I usually do some sort of cleaning up during this time. Brian comes down around 8 ish and he will be with E for 45-60 minutes while I get my workout, meditation and sometimes write/create. If the kitchen needs some extra love the boys like to help with this (except they didn’t today hehe). I love a clean kitchen, especially when I don’t have to do it. 🙂
*morning delight (aka fat) tea
*clean gut shake w/coconut milk/ground flax/chia seed
*16 oz green juice
*my go to salad – 1 avocado, 1 head of romaine, dulse, nori, lemon, coconut aminos and mashed together with some raw wraps + baked chicken
Affirmation/Intention: I choose to give the gift of presence to myself and others today.
Body Goodness: I am honoring my cycle today. 🙂
Meditation: 20 minute meditation during an acupuncture treatment. Ah!
I love RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers). I heard about it when my son was about 4 months old and that week I read Your Self-Confident Baby + Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect by Magda Gerber. We started a weekly class when he was 5 1/2 months. My son will be 3 at the end of September and we’ve only missed a handful of classes. It has been transformative to say the least. I am so grateful for Liz, our RIE instructor. I value this work so much that I went to a RIE conference and their training program.
I believe RIE can help parenting become a spiritual practice by cultivating mindfulness. My intention is to follow the Principles to the best of my ability. My main focus these days is to observe more, do less, enjoy most. I’ve found that I enjoy parenting the most when I am giving presence.
There are many times during the day where I shift my attention from one thing to the next. My days aren’t created in a linear fashion with a toddler. I’ve found that it’s a constant flow…a dance. I do consciously create and delight in those periods of time I stop doing/thinking and just rest and enjoy my child. No phone. Breathing. Watching him play. Loving him. Giving him my full attention. This is a gift for both of us. I notice I am happier when I carve out time in our days to practice and be. As Magda said: “Unbusy your body. Unbusy your mind.”
When I observe and reflect what my child is doing/telling me I learn about who he truly is. When I don’t interfere with his play he has freedom to explore. It’s amazing what he can do on his own if I patiently wait. Sometimes I even silently say: “Wait…Wait” to give him space to figure out/experience whatever he’s experiencing without my interpretations and stories. It’s incredible to watch his confidence and trust in himself grows every time I do this. Thank you, RIE!
Gratitude + Appreciation:
I am sooooo grateful for our pediatrician, Jay Gordon! I talked with him today because I needed help interpreting the stool test I had done for E. His guidance, wisdom and confidence was so awesome and appreciated!!
One of the many reasons I chose him for our doctor was because he is a major advocate for breastfeeding, co-sleeping and supports no vaccinations. I know a hot topic today but one I feel passionate about. Last week he testified against the SB277 bill that will require all children that attend California schools to be vaccinated. I am so grateful for his passion, purpose and commitment to living his values! A beautiful reminder to stand powerfully for what we believe.
I am so blessed!! Good night! 🙂