Day #39: Simple Pleasures - Mindful Moments

Embrace the opportunity for a little play, savour simple pleasures while you're there, and move on with enthusiasm for what is next.

Tonight as I was settling 15 month old Ayla for bed, it seemed as though she had other ideas.  

Bright-eyed and squealy, she wanted to play more than go to sleep. That being said, she was super tired and just doesn't yet understand to let go into sleep. 

As she enjoyed her bottle of milk and a gentle sway in the rocking chair, her energy and interest in doing something - anything - led us to play a simple little game. 

Each time she would have a little milk, she would reach her palm out to my face and I would give it little noisy kisses they would make her laugh and snuggle in for a cuddle. Another sip and then another round of kisses and laughter. This continued for the whole bottle of milk and we both enjoyed the simplicity of the game and the joy of making each other giggle and squeeze extra tight for a cuddle. 

Bottle finished and settling into the cuddles and the rocking we just enjoyed each other's company for a bit. 

We're trying to teach her about sleep time so I mentioned to her that it's time for sleep. Much to my surprise, she responded with a "shhh" and pointed to her cot.  

A mixture of shock and curiosity came over me as I tested what I was interpreting from this communication. With a kiss on her little head I lay her down in her cot. She rolled over and without a whimper of defiance, allowed me to simply leave her bedroom with a "good night".  

We had such a fun little time and I wasn't wanting for anything else. I simply enjoyed our moment, play, and connection.

Then, I moved on to enjoy the evening with Sarah.  

Of course, I couldn't contain my excitement at the event as I strode down the hallway. I pretty much danced like Carlton from Fresh Prince. 

So the last thing I'll leave you with is a vision of what this looked like and a reminder of the important message:

Embrace the opportunity for a little play, savour simple pleasures while you're there, and move on with enthusiasm for what is next.