Breathe

I crept quietly up the stairs on my way to bed last night, cringing at every creak and moan of the steps underfoot. When I reached the door to the bedroom, I grabbed the door knob and turned it ever so slowly. As I pushed the door open, I could see the silhouettes of the bed and Logan’s crib in the glow of the nightlight. I tip-toed over to the crib, peering down into the darkness, and listened for his breath. I strained to hear it, and when I finally did I went about getting ready for bed. This is my nightly routine.

After slipping into my night gown I slid under cool, crisp sheets on our large king-sized bed. I moved around to get comfortable, doing my best not to make too much of a rustling. Then I laid there in my bed and listened. Listened to the sound of Logan’s breathing coming from his crib on my left, and the sound of Zander’s breathing coming from the monitor on my right. Surrounded by the sounds of my little boys, all of the screams, temper tantrums, stresses and strains of the day melted away and I drifted off to a peaceful slumber.

Every night I do this, and each and every night I am reminded of what a truly beautiful life I lead. A beautiful life indeed.

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20 responses to “Breathe

  1. Anvilcloud

    That’s a great routine: a great way to end the way.

  2. Anvilcloud

    That’s a great routine: a great way to end the way.

  3. Amanda

    So tender and wonderful.

  4. Amanda

    So tender and wonderful.

  5. In the Trenches of Mommyhood

    Truly a beautiful life.
    Thanks for the tag–I did it!

  6. In the Trenches of Mommyhood

    Truly a beautiful life.
    Thanks for the tag–I did it!

  7. Jennifer Playgroupie

    What a beautiful post! Going in to see my son asleep before I go to bed is my most favorite part of the day.

  8. Jennifer Playgroupie

    What a beautiful post! Going in to see my son asleep before I go to bed is my most favorite part of the day.

  9. Brillig

    Oh, beautiful post! I love it. I do the same thing. There’s something about those little eyelashes against their cheeks and the rhythmic breathing that really does, as you say, melt everything else away. This is so gorgeously written.

  10. Brillig

    Oh, beautiful post! I love it. I do the same thing. There’s something about those little eyelashes against their cheeks and the rhythmic breathing that really does, as you say, melt everything else away. This is so gorgeously written.

  11. Lene

    Cate- What a beautiful post! Thanks for reminding me of how great life is! I need those reminders from time to time when my little guys wear me out.

    Love sounds of slumber are just beautiful, aren’t they?

  12. Lene

    Cate- What a beautiful post! Thanks for reminding me of how great life is! I need those reminders from time to time when my little guys wear me out.

    Love sounds of slumber are just beautiful, aren’t they?

  13. Anonymous

    I too do the same thing! It is so peaceful to watch and listen to them at that time.
    Wendy

  14. Anonymous

    I too do the same thing! It is so peaceful to watch and listen to them at that time.
    Wendy

  15. Kerry

    What a nice post – I could actually picture myself doing the same as I read it.

  16. Kerry

    What a nice post – I could actually picture myself doing the same as I read it.

  17. Kimberly

    What amazingly sweet reflections. How often we need that reminder during the course of our day.

    You sure are making me wish you didn’t live on the other side of the country!

  18. Kimberly

    What amazingly sweet reflections. How often we need that reminder during the course of our day.

    You sure are making me wish you didn’t live on the other side of the country!

  19. Happy Homemaker

    So sweet… my husband and I have actually done the unthinkable (only once or twice!) and picked one of our two up from their slumber to cuddle- they’re just too irresistible sometimes!

  20. Happy Homemaker

    So sweet… my husband and I have actually done the unthinkable (only once or twice!) and picked one of our two up from their slumber to cuddle- they’re just too irresistible sometimes!

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