Monday, September 08, 2008

A moment in time

I have caught the first gunk of the school year. Lovely, huh? And because I'm pregnant, and chasing a toddler and trying to keep up with life and working part time, when Caiden took her nap this afternoon, I watched a movie. I didn't have high hopes for it, I just wanted to pass the time. It actually was okay. Caiden woke up from her slumber right as the credits began rolling.

Waking up from nap time is my favorite time of the day with my little monkey-girl. She's still groggy and cuddly and sweet. It's the only time, besides comforting boo-boos that she climbs into my lap to just "be". Maybe today it caught my attention because of my awareness of how quickly my lap will be obstructed, or maybe it was knowing that this time just between Mama and toddler is quickly going to be Mama, toddler and Peanut. Or maybe, it was just one of those moments that seem to slow way, way down, that attract your whole attention and leave you grateful. I don't know. But I do know that what happened next was pure magic. As the credits were rolling, a catchy little tune started playing. I wasn't really aware of it until Caiden pulled away from our little cocoon of Mama, baby and blanket and started bobbing her little curly bed-head. I watched her for a minute, just delighting in her. She didn't notice. Something about this song had engrossed her. Before I could blink, she had slid off the couch and was dancing like I had never seen her dance before. She was swaying her hips so far I thought she was going to fall over. Somehow at the same time she was bouncing at her knees, up and down...sway, sway. And then came the head bobs. Up and down, left and right. I would have told you it couldn't get any cuter, but then she started staccatto-ing the dance with claps. She grinned so hard the binkie popped out. I couldn't help myself- I laughed out loud. She reeled around to look at me then and the thought of the dance being over was just too sad, so I copied her. She was so proud. She jumped right back in where she left off- sway, bounce, nod, clap- looking something like a drunken sailor or a tribal dancer. I'm not sure, but I'm sure of one thing. That dance party was the most fun I'd had in a long time. There's nothing like a toddler to teach you to live in the moment. What an indescribable blessing. I will hold onto the sweetness of that memory tomorrow when she calls my name 1,000 times in ten minutes and consider NOT changing my name. =)


Mrs said...

Sweetness! I wonder if Caiden will have sister dance parties? ;-)

Kristin said...

I love it! I wish I could dance with her! At my wedding...!

DaDaHaZaReJe said...

Just read the last two posts....Congratulations!!! More joy!!! I can just imagine Caiden bopping to the music :-)

Mommy...Mommy?...Mommy!...Mom? Just in case you were short a few today. ;-)