I'll Keep That in Mind
Do you know what else I will keep in mind?
By the time my son was a year old, he had three different mothers.
By the time he was 2, he had gone from a homeless shelter in Tampa to a split-level in Pennsylvania, and several houses and families in between.
So, if it's all the same to you, I'm going to let him keep drinking out of that bottle a little while longer, and I'm going to hold him while he does it. I don't particularly care if you think that is strange because he doesn't fit in my arms horizontally. Because he is still only 2 or 3 years old and the bottle is a symbol of part of a childhood lost and the new attachments we are trying to form. It brings comfort and familiarity and tells him that we, this new family in this new place, will take care of him in the way he deserves.
I'll keep that in mind when it is 3 a.m. and I am still awake because the nightmares and the rage have kept a toddler up all night, and someone has to keep an eye on him. Someone has to be there to teach him to hit the beanbag chair, or the pillow, or the mattress instead of punching holes in the wall or hurting the people around him. When you tell me I look tired and I should "try to sleep when the baby sleeps," I will just sigh and say, "I'll keep that in mind." I will not bother telling you that those comments, which I know are made with the best of intentions, are literally impossible instructions to follow.
15 Things to Help You Be Happier and Healthier in 2015
It's hard to believe that we are close to saying goodbye to 2014. I feel like most of the days go by pretty slowly, but the weeks and the months seem to fly by. Now is a good time to start thinking about the New Year and some of the things you'd like to accomplish. If one of the things you'd like to be in the New Year is happier and healthier, try these 15 quick, easy things in 2015.
1. Drink more water. I know, I know, you are probably all sick of hearing this one, but hydration is so important. Bottoms up!
2. Eat more vegetables. This is one of the best things you can do for your body. Get in more of those good, dark leafy green vegetables, vibrant reds and purples, and even white veggies such as onions and parsnips.
3. Get enough sleep. For a good night's sleep, unplug your electronic devices at least a half hour before bedtime, give yourself a nightly ritual to help signal to your body that it's time for bed, and keep the room dark, quiet, and on the cool side.