**i started this post last week and haven't been able to finish it until now. i'm going to just let it flow as is, written in many separate moments.**
yesterday we spent the morning playing and making a big, big mess with friends, and then moved through our afternoon washing, folding, and cooking.
it's summer: her preschool is out for the hot months and most days, our sweet girl can't settle down for a rest. i'm feeling a bit topsy-turvy as we find our way into a a new rhythm. i'm trying to figure out the best ways to take care of our home, and of the daily bits of life that need tending.
i'm moving from a space of trying to get things done while she sleeps or is cared for by someone else to trying to find ways to move through the acts of daily living together. i have a sense that for some mothers, this working together - little and big side by side - comes quite easily. but for us, these times are usually thick with tension. perhaps it is my temperament or expectations, or hers - i'm not sure.
but on this afternoon, with our hands working together in the warm soapy water, i caught a glimpse of what could be. i realized what could happen if i slowed down more - if i could breathe through and soak up these daily acts of caring for our home and family. if i could remember to pause and find ways to help my wee girl fee purposeful in her own work.
often, when it feels as if there is so much to do, i have trouble slowing down to consider how things might be done differently. for now, i am trying to be gentle with myself, and to keep my heart open to these moments of opportunity.
tell me, mamas - how do you share your home space with your littles?