Be yourself. I can’t tell you how many times those simple two words have echoed in my head at work, and at home these past 7 days. Last week, while I was in California for #InfinityWarEvent, twenty-four fellow bloggers and myself walked into a theater at the Walt Disney Studios Lot for what we thought was going to be an interview with Victoria Alonos, Marvel Studios’ EVP of Physical Production & AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Executive Producer, to discuss her position at the Studios. We were wrong. What happened was one of the most inspirational chats, for lack of a better word, that was warm, honest, friendly, and that left us all walking away with important life lessons.
My son and I have been super into watching the Olympic Games this year, especially now that my boy has started swimming. He loves watching the divers! Right now one of his favorite activities is to go out to the pool and dive for his rings. Sure he hasn’t exactly mastered the art of diving and swimming like the Olympians we watch. However I love that he strives to be like them one day. Even at just five years old, I must say, I admire his dedication. It reminds parents like you and how when it comes to our kids, we must power their dreams. Plus it’s so cute when he chants “USA” any time he sees Team USA grace the screen.
I think as parents we often predict that our newborns will leave us with sleepless nights. As our babies grow, we start to get a taste back of what sleep is like. We accomplish 4 hours, then 5 hours, then 6 hours, and so on. As adults, we usually see our “sleeping through the night” as at least 7 or 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It can be an adjustment not always getting those hours!
I was pretty ecstatic when my son started sleeping through the night (in my terms) by the time I returned to work. Of course there were nights when he would wake up. However, for the most part, we both achieved a night long sleep.
Recently in the past month, at 21 months, it has been a different story. He started waking up several times during the night. Sometimes a diaper change would work and he would be back to sleep shortly. Other times he wanted something to drink, or just wanted to ask me a question. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “Mommyyyyyy, GG come?” at 3:00 AM. (GG is what he calls my mom). Soon I was on a schedule of maybe 5 hours of interrupted sleep. Unlike my son who could take a nap, unfortunately my work would frown upon that if they found me nestled below my desk for a 2 hour snoozer.