...SLEEP. Today, I had the first opportunity in weeks to take a nice, relaxing and oh-so-necessary siesta. Ahhhhhh! It felt so good. I can count on one hand, literally, the number of naps I've taken since Chloe was born. Having three children, ages 4 and under, doesn't allow for much down time. It's go, go, go from the moment the rooster crows (rooster being Ella, as she's the first to rise at 6:45am) right up until we tuck the kiddos into bed at 8:00pm. Fortunately, Chloe is finally developing a routine of her own, going to bed at 9:15pm. This allows a bit of "free time" before we fall into bed around 10:30pm. Needless to say, in the last three months, I've developed grayish-black bags under my eyes that I'm hoping will disappear once Chloe starts letting me sleep through the night.
My husband got home today after almost 4 days of traveling, and needless to say, I was totally and utterly exhausted. I was supposed to bring Ella to a doctor's appointment this afternoon, but after seeing my "zombie-like" state, my husband graciously offered to bring her instead. I was elated! The appointment fell over Britten's nap, which left me alone with ONE very easy, compliant, happy baby. Knowing I had about an hour to myself, I cuddled Chloe into my arms, carried her to my bed, and laid down with her beside me. It felt like a little taste of heaven on earth. Within moments, we were sleeping. Deep, dreamless, sleep. I woke up, 45 minutes later, a brand new woman...Until tomorrow, that is. :)