Oliver asked his Daddy to bring the hourglass off the mantle the other day so he could watch the sand go through it. Then he asked for a chair so he could get as close to it as possible without touching it (a strict rule!). As he watched it go through the tiny hole Oliver told me he was imagining the sparkly white sand was snow.
Ah, the world through the eyes of a 3-year-old! Simple pleasures. Big imaginations. Finding great joy in the things we walk past on our mantle every day.
You're only 3 once. So why not enjoy it!?
In baby news: we too feel a bit like we're sitting around, just watching an hourglass these days. These are waiting days. Loooong waiting days.
We had a very hard night on Wednesday. I was having contractions and feeling pretty achy all afternoon and by 7:00 they were regularly 3-5 minutes apart and were increasing in frequency, intensity and duration. (And by intensity, I mean I was suddenly reminded: "Oh yeah, THAT's what labor feels like. Ouuuuuuch!") We were in labor mode - made final additions to our hospital bag, called our labor support to make sure they were ready when we needed them and getting really excited that we were going to have our baby SOON!
But then it stopped. After 4 hours of good, intense, regular contractions, it all just went away and we fell asleep exhausted.
I'll be honest: that shook us pretty badly. Experiencing a night of labor and waking up in the morning without a baby in our arms was a little too painfully familiar. A little too close to home.
The good news (and the BIG difference) is that we do still have a baby to show for it. She's still here and doing great (and making me feel VERY big and uncomfortable today).
I guess false labor happens, but it doesn't mean that real labor won't eventually happen too. We're just hoping that next time my contractions get as strong and regular as that, they won't stop! I'm SO ready to meet this girl!
Until then, we feel a bit like Oliver - just watching that hourglass. And, trying to remember that even these days are gifts. They're the last days we'll have as a family of just three. Our dynamic is about to change in a big way!
Oliver has the right idea. We're remembering find delight in each sand that goes through the tiny hole. There is beauty in the sand on top and the sand on the bottom for sure; but the process is beauty all in it's own!
10 days and counting! trying to make each one count!