respite |ˈrespət, riˈspīt|
a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant
Recently while riding in the car I looked at Bill and said, “I’d like to build my vocabulary. You know what I need, word of the day toilet paper.” I love words, especially interesting rarely used ones that perfectly describe a moment.
Which is exactly what happened yesterday. I was panicked, thinking of all the things I have to do in the busiest week since senior photography season 2013. Issa was hungry, I was nursing her, and making a mental to do list in my head (which never works, I always forget something). And she passed smooth out, and the pacifier for the oh so successful bait and switch maneuver, was all the way on the other side of the room, staring me down. I was stuck.
My 6 (almost 7) month old with her tiny 11lb. 3oz. body was holding me down, forcing me to take a break. Kids.
So I slowly reclined on the couch, and laid there with her, cuddling, listening to her breath, and thanking God that she’s ours. And we laid like that for a whole hour. And when she finally woke up, she lifted her little head and gave me the largest toothless baby smile she could give. Be still my heart.
So thank you baby girl, thank you for forcing me to get out of my head and enjoy a short period of rest.