On Mornings

December 29, 2010

 I never expected to be gone so long from this space, but I am beginning to realize that the exhale that comes after the holidays is a much needed respite from the craziness of the season.

Yesterday, as my oldest son and I were lazily lounging in bed, Jacob revealed that his favorite time of day was the quiet of the mornings, and it was this time of day that kept him feeling his most safe and happy. I am not sure why, but his sentiment really surprised me. I was taken aback that this was sacred time for him, mainly because I figured that his favorite time was the quiet that the evenings hold: The warm bath, honey muffins, tea and snuggling that end each of our days.

There is nothing incredibly special about our mornings. They start early, always with both boys rising from sleep somewhere in between their dad and I, reading books, making meals, and quietly starting our day together. I love mornings, and they set the tone for the way I act the rest of the day, so rarely are there early morning appointments or things to rush around for. I look to the morning as the in breath that we take collectively, and that begins the unspoken rhythm that will evolve throughout the rest of the day.  

Mornings seem made for quiet, for simplicity, and for joy, and hearing the importance that they hold for my kids makes me realize that starting a day together can have a much bigger impact than I realized on all of us. As a mama, these will be the moments that I will hold closest to my heart as my children grow and life takes on a different feel. As they stop crawling in beside me to say Good Morning, as they find their own breakfast or rush off to school, I will remember these days as the ones that greeted their early childhood, and hope that they too will remember them as they journey out into the open world.

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Its_Lily December 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Oh, those wonderful unplanned mornings. Nothing to do but ease on into our days – love them! I guess I'm not the least bit surprised to find they are Jacob's favorite time of day because they are loose, unscheduled and full of love and warmth. What wonderful memories for him.


Megan December 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Beautiful post. I already have one making his own rushed breakfast before heading out to school. I miss those days of him bouncing all over us in bed and snuggling. Thankfully there is one tugging at my pant legs right now and another that still likes snuggle time 😉


sandee December 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I did not realize how much I was enjoying our slow mornings this week, my kids too, until I read what you wrote and Denise's comment. Still n pjs here too, and all four will be back to school and me back to work in the office next week. Nice respite. Maybe I will actually read a book. 🙂


del December 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I do love these mornings where we can sleep in and not wake and get ready for school too quickly.

Remember them as long as you can; as my kids grow older, I find myself really missing those days when they were little and we had nowhere in particular to go.


Sarah Jane December 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Amen to those quiet mornings. Yesterday we stayed in our jammies most of the day and just played and read. It was so needed. How was your Holiday? Glad you're enjoying the quiet moments.


Carrie S. December 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I just got those slippers for Christmas and I LOVE THEM! In fact, I'm wearing them right now. 🙂


jessica December 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I feel the *exact* same way about mornings. These days I have the joy of slower mornings than ususal and I am enjoying each and every moment.


brooke December 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Slow mornings are good! I love when the kids sneak into bed with us and fall back to sleep and then we all slowly wake up together!

Heather, I would really like to see a pregnant picture of you. Just a peek… I bet you are an adorable pregnant woman. Or have I missed it? Just saying 😉


a little crafty nest December 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Heather, Such a good reminder that the tone of our morning sets the feel for our day. I love love love morning time, too. My whole family are morning people. I also hope that this will be cherished memories in the rhythm of our days! Blessings to you:)
xo Jules


Angela December 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Ah mornings. I do wish my mornings resembled yours more than the car derby mine seem to be. Having to rush off to school does turn things a bit. I try to slow them down as much as possible and still make it to school on time. Your post is so inspirational, I think I might try waking them a little bit earlier to ease more slow in our mornings. Your photos are lovely. Peace, Angela


Frace December 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I love a quiet morning, too. Of course, with classes, and orthodontist appointments, swim team, and all sorts of business to be squeezed in before naptime, I rarely get a lingering quiet morning anymore. But I know that it is a season in our life — we will move back and forth, as we always have, between peaceful mornings and busy ones. It's the ebb and flow, depending on the ages of the little ones.


Grace December 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Um, that was me, and I apparently can't type my own name.


Denise December 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I am still in my pj's and it is almost 10. I am enjoying the slow mornings too. Next week my kids will be back at school and my mornings will change significantly.

I love your morning routine.


Adrie December 30, 2010 at 1:10 am

Oh, mornings are the best, when we can relax and let them be! How wonderful – hope your holidays were merry!


Brie December 29, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I looove quiet mornings with a cuppa, a sliced apple wrapped in seaweed, and a journal. Nothing to worry about except the words on the page…


lacey December 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

our mornings are becoming very similar, as we work on setting a rhythm that more closely matches our natural tendencies–the better the morning the better the day & the flow is so natural.


Sachi December 30, 2010 at 2:59 am

Mornings, huh? Hmmmmm… I am readjusting my thinking about them even as I write this. My two oldest children are both in preschool right now so our mornings are pretty rushed. However, my oldest is going to be homeschooled next year (yeah!) so I am going to keep this lingering in mind.


MamaBird December 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Your boy is wise… slow mornings are truly a joy in life. It has been my favorite part of our winter break for sure. It seems no matter how I try, I can't capture those dreamy, easy mornings on school days.

I'm interested in your bedtime routine – whay are honey muffins? And what kind of tea do your boys like?


kyndale December 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm

A morning after a goods night rest is what I like best! : )


Tonya December 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm

What a sweet morning routine heather – such a gentle way to begin the day.
Warm wishes for a beautiful new year.


Anna December 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I am not and will never be a morning person, but this sounds like an absolutely wonderful way to begin a day. I don't think I fully appreciated those morning when I had them. My kids are so close together in age, I think the years just went by in a blur, and then they began school and so now our mornings are usually a rush. I'm loving winter break because it means I get to stay up late and sleep in, and my kids are old enough to get up in the mornings and entertain themselves. It is a guilty pleasure.

On a different note, I'm loving that coaster. Thinking I may need to make a few for myself! Which of course means a trip to the fabric store for some fun prints.


Nina - Tabiboo December 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Merry Christmas Heather – to you all.

I love this in between period with nothing much to do, but well nothing.

take care and the warmest of wishes for 2011.

I guess there is going to be big changes in the New Year.

Nina xxx

ps. it is way too foggy to even contemplate taking a beach stroll today. N xxx


agambroult January 1, 2011 at 12:41 am

this sounds so much like our mornings right now! I cringe to think it has to end, and the girls have to return to school, and we have to get back on a schedule. For now, we'll linger in bed, at the breakfast table, in our pjs…just like yous sweet family. 🙂


geek+nerd January 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I still cherish my mornings. I am a very slow riser – I get up early and have to steep in a little caffeine before greeting the world. I love it though – it's a very special part of my day! Sweet post 🙂


Jessie B January 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I simply love the photos in this post. Especially the books and banana! So cute!


Shivayamama January 7, 2011 at 3:55 am

Thank you! I saw those books, food on top, sitting there next to my computer and thought that they just looked a lot like what my life feels like right now. Hope you are having a very good start to the New Year.



bronwyn January 9, 2011 at 4:34 am

I love slow mornings. Beautifully said. During the week, I leave for work before my daughter wakes up (I work early and she sleeps late). But we both look forward to the weekend when "Mama gets to stay home". We have really lovely slow mornings full of snuggles. I wish every morning could be like that. It sounds like your boys will have wonderful memories.


Kitty Wilkin January 10, 2011 at 2:24 am

"I look to the morning as the in breath that we take collectively, and that begins the unspoken rhythm that will evolve throughout the rest of the day. "…. I love that! You so eloquently express the simple, wordless feelings that often go unnoticed during the day. A friend just sent me a link to your blog since she thought I would like it… and I am loving what I'm reading so far!! This makes me happy that we've decided to go with co-sleeping, and also makes me smile to think about my mornings waking up next to my 1 year old. It is a precious, special, easy time! Namaste.


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