I was thinking back recently to when I started this blog. It was at a time when Little Man was just about three months old and he woke at 6am every day. I would bring him downstairs, whilst the rest of the house slept, and feed him on the sofa. We’d enjoy the quiet time, the sun just coming up outside and those couple of hours of it just being the two of us.
After his feed Little Man would doze next to me on the sofa – not sleepy enough to go back in his crib but too tired to stay awake. He would sleep on and off for a couple of hours and as LP wasn’t at school yet she always slept until at least 8am so I would spend those hours relaxing, pottering about downstairs and maybe putting some washing on.
As the weeks went by, and our routine carried on in the same way, I realised I could be using those hours more productively and so, on an August morning at about 6:30am I registered my new domain name, bought hosting and by the time LP woke up I had started my very first self hosted blog with the aim of taking blogging more seriously.
Now, two and a half years later, both children sleep quite well – occasionally waking at 6:30am but more often than not it will be at least 7am before they stir. It made me think of those times when Little Man and I had those two hours of sleepy pyjama time to ourselves each day. Those days of maternity leave, no school runs and no real urgency at all. The days were slower, we spent much more time in our pyjamas and each day just flowed nicely into the next.
Without those tiny baby days and early mornings I don’t think I would have had the inclination, or time to ever start this blog. But I had two hours every day to fill with a sleeping baby by my side and writing seemed to be the perfect way to fill that time – typing with one hand whilst Little Man slept on my arm.
This is really one of those rambling posts. It’s one of those posts where you just get the thoughts out of your head and I now try and get to the point. Is there a point? Well, I will always look back at those baby days with such happiness. They were some of the hardest but best days and they now seem like such a long time ago. I miss those days but they gave me so much.
Those days cemented us into a family of four, they gave us a little routine and they were part of my last chunk of maternity leave – a time I really appreciated having. And those days gave me my blog.
Sleeping babies and blogging. It’s nice to look back every so often. The time really does go far too fast.