Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In The Morning



Our little ones have been rising before the sun of late. Sometime in the wee hours when the sky is still dark they call from their beds, croaky voices signaling it's morning, almost time to start the day.

Once they have escaped from the captivity that is their rooms, they gleefully take their positions in centre of the queen sized bed that seemed so much bigger only moments before. We are jammed in like sardines - them in the middle, us on those tiny little bits of piping that run along the edges (it's amazing how much body will fit on that slim strip) . As Dave and I struggle to hold on to the last scraps of sleep, the young ones lay back, eyes wide and bright, milk filled sippy cups in their hands and a little puddle of the stuff in the nape of their necks.

We adore those quiet moments - hearts absolutely bursting and exhaustion so deep that it can only have come from love.




18 comments:

  1. ahhh, that last sentence just made my throat close up and tears dwell in my eyes. Today I am exhausted and you just reminded me why. X

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  2. Oh how lovely. My bub is the same. How DO they know it is - technically - morning?
    I do love morning cuddles, even though inside I cry for just a few more minutes sleep.

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  3. I am the same as Katrina - ahh the exhaustion and sleep deprivation is a killer - but it is out of sooooo much love that it is O.K
    Sometimes though I want to say, Dudetteeeeeeeeee c'mon just another 15? or I send Dad and munchkin off to 'make mum a coffee' :)

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  4. We tell our boys that it's still nighttime and they need to go back to sleep... mostly it doesn't work, and they end up chatting and playing with each other, but usually we manage another 30 mins of sleep. Maybe. If we're lucky. I don't even know why I'm still up, I should be showering and going to bed. Oh wait, I do know. I'm addicted to blogging. It's unhealthy. I really... must... stop.
    Love reading all your posts Em! :)
    Ronnie xo

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  5. This is so beautiful. I don't have children yet and I so admire parents that get through exhaustion only to see the beauty in their children, it's a wonderful thing.

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  6. You too huh? I carry mine back to their beds and tell them that the sun isn't awake yet. Then we repeat the whole join mummy and daddy in bed caper when the sun DOES start to come up. The edge of the mattress gets a whole lot closer when you add a preggie bellie to the mix ;) I do love my morning cuddles and conversation - they come out with the most facinating things at that hour of the day.
    Hope your sleep is deep tonight, Em.
    S x0x

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  7. Okay, I'm back because 1) I'm addicted (as you already know and 2) I have no idea what this 'no reply comment' blogger thing is (clueless, really). And 3) Yes, we really must start that support group.

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  8. What a divine vision Em. You paint a beautiful picture with those words. I so know how you feel, it's a groundhog day kinda thing isn't it!? In a good way though. I know I always sort of smile to myself, because half of me can't wait to cuddle their toasty little bodies and smell their sweet breath... and the other half of me is just crying out for one more measly hour of sleep. It is definitely a labour of love xo

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  9. Em this is really such a beautiful post and reminds me so much of the mornings in my own house. Little ones always join us in the big bed when they wake and we doze while they jump on our heads... bliss. xx

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  10. I loved your writing in this post Em - you totally captured that fuzzy, loved up, totally knackered early morning feeling you have when you have a toddler. You made me miss those early morning cuddles. Sometimes Finn(8) still creeps in. I love those mornings because his guard is down and I get cuddles & kisses aplenty, something he is 'too big' for most of the time.

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  11. Awww, how beautifully put. That's certainly made my current state of tiredness a happier place to be. Thank you : )

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  12. Mmm, you're making me feel sleepy myself, as I write this the sun is yet to come up. Love how you write Em x

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  13. So beautifully written- you have described our own mornings of desperately trying to sleep with four in a bed very eloquently indeed! xx

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  14. Such a beautiful post, that is such a special time. We have early risers and there's nothing better than a little snuggle in the one bed, as we try to make our sleep last just that bit longer.
    It's nice to be new here and read your lovely posts.

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  15. What a gorgeous post Em .. I can totally relate to the bed thing
    We have a queen bed with 3 kids and my husband is 6ft5! But I wouldn't change being all snuggled in together for anything!

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  16. Wow... You've just made me look forward to exhaustion.

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  17. I just love the morning the best, my still comes in every morning and he's 10, hope he never stops.

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  18. what a delightful little surprise this post was in between all these *jawfloor* giveaways :)
    lovely~
    Dee

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em