I am thankful for my crying baby at 4:30 AM.
I had gotten up to let the meowing cat out at 3:30 AM – again. Needless to say I wasn’t too happy. Then I couldn’t fall back asleep – now I’m even less happy. I end up tossing and turning thinking about what I have to do today and how I need my sleep and I’m getting more and more frustrated. And then to top it off, our 11-month old baby starts to cry…
I go down to her room and pick her up out of the crib and she immediately starts to calm down – the crying subsides. I hold her and rock her for 10 minutes and she is fast asleep on my chest, her hand outstretched over my heart. She is breathing in and out peacefully as we sway back and forth in the rocking chair.
All the frustration and bitterness that I had earlier is gone. I am looking down at her face as she is sleeping and a wave of peaceful joy passes through me. Finally, after a long time, I place her gently back in her crib sleeping soundly.
Thank you, thank you, thank you….
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