Reasons to be Grateful: Unexpected quiet moments with my son

I made a bit of a mistake this morning, and managed to get the whole household up an hour earlier than we needed to. I looked over at the clock on the other side of the bed and mistook a 5 for a 6.

My son was still asleep when I carried him downstairs and settled him on the sofa, and I didn’t wake him as I thought we still had a few minutes to spare. In the kitchen where I made some tea and warmed him a little milk the clock on the cooker alerted me to the fact that I was an hour early, and my partner grumbled a little before heading back to bed.

By the time I had returned to the living room my son was beginning to stir and it was too late to get us all back under the duvet. He asked to watch one of his favorite programmes. It’s a program in which an animated gecko teaches toddlers about emergency service vehicles.

My son and are sitting quietly together on the sofa as I type this, and he occasionally points out details of the program to me that capture his imagination. He’s still too sleepy to be rushing around yet, and instead rests his bare feet against my arm and clutches his comforter. The soles of his feet are warm and soft.

It would probably have been good for us all to get the extra hour of sleep, but there is a little magic to these early mornings with him when he’s not quite ready to involve himself in mischief yet, and we can just enjoy a little time together. So I am oddly grateful today that I got us up an hour earlier than I needed to.

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