Thursday, February 1, 2007

Peaceful Chaos

I chose the name Peaceful Chaos for my blog because it describes my household to a T. The days are chaotic, I often find that before I know it, it's 5 PM and I haven't gone to the bathroom yet. A redheaded, spunky, two year old takes up a third of my time, and a redheaded, tiny, two week old takes up another third. Cooking, cleaning, running errands, and doing laundry take up the last third. There's not much time in the day to be an attentive wife, let alone find a few minutes for myself! My tooth brush sits forgotten in it's holder, my blow dryer remains still and quiet, and I've just reapplied my second dose of deodorant. I've got one child attached to my breast as I am trying to cool off a bowl of soup for a "tarvin" toddler. While both children eat, the buzzer dings to unload the dryer, and the phone shrilly rings. The baby unlatches and starts wailing, and a bowl of soup is suddenly unturned. One word. Chaos.

But late at night when I am finally ready to settle down, I peek in on my two year old monster. She's soundly sleeping amid 9 stuffed animals, 2 dolls, 4 blankies, 1 very special blanket, 2 pillows, and for some reason, one of her Dad's baseball caps. I kiss my hand and gently touch it to her forehead. I close my eyes and silently wish her sweet dreams and a restful night. The house is still, lit by the soft glow from a few night lights. Back in my bedroom I crawl into bed next to a tiny, warm newborn. I snuggle her close and gently rub the strawberry blond peach fuzz on her head. She makes one of those heart-melting baby squeaks and I smile. One word. Peace.

7 comments:

Kristen said...

Awwww, Jules. So sweet.

Kulia said...

I want a newborn in my bed just reading this.

Oh wait, it's lovely but not much sleep. Although, it is better than newborn in crib - thats much less sleep!

Jen said...

Wow Julie! Great read!! Can't wait to read more!!! Makes it all worth it...those few minutes of peace!

Ingrid said...

Reading this made me feel peaceful.

Jules said...

You DO want a newborn Kulia! Don't you miss that tiny stage? They grow up too fast!

Nichole said...

It's amazing isn't it? How one little moment of peace at the end of the day, a sweet sleeping toddler, makes you forget all the chaos and makes life worth living.

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