Saturday, December 8, 2012

welcome home and good night

As a new mom, the most difficult part of the day is saying goodbye to Alon each morning.  How I wish I can be a stay-at-home mom so I can watch our child grow every day.  But there are bills to pay, so at the moment, it's not the best option for us.

I do feel blessed that work is just a fifteen minute walk away.  I can even opt to go home for lunch.  During my first month at work, I did do that.  But with the intense noon heat, I got sick easily.  That won't do for either Alon or myself.  With work just nearby, I still get to spend enough time with Alon.  We have our quality time in the morning and we get to have some more in the evening. Yey!

I walk as fast as I can whenever I am going home.  The anticipation of seeing Alon fuels each of my step.  By the time I reach the gates of Avida, I get very excited already.  When I turn the corridor of our floor, I grin from ear to ear.  While opening, I would already be saying, "Hello, Alon!"  And boy, what a wonderful smile that greets me!  That beautiful smile tells me I am finally home.  He shrieks with joy andd kicks about waiting for me to pick him up.  The tired feeling from the day's work goes away and I am awash with love. :)

We proceed with our evening ritual.  If he's hungry, I'd nurse him.  If he's not, we repeat our morning ritual. Read, tummy time, sing, point things out.  Once he starts to get sleepy, I'd give him his bath.  (Bathing Alon is another blog entry in itself.) 

When he is all dressed up, I'd put him on the sling and we would walk around the grounds to lull him to sleep.  I'd sing "soft kitty" or a made up lullabye.  Then we'd say his evening prayer.  By the time I walk through the ground floor corridor, he's ready to sleep.  He'd close his eyes and suck his fingers.  When we reach our corridor, I'd walk back and forth a few times just to make sure he is fully asleep.  Once we are in the room, I'd spend five to ten minutes just hugging him in his sleep.  Then I'd put him to bed and kiss him good night.  

"Good night, Little Alon."


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