I’ve always been a morning person…in the fact that I haven’t slept well in longer than I can remember. Therefore, waking up in the morning has never been an issue for me because I probably wasn’t sleeping anyway. Now, pulling myself out of bed has always been a feat unto itself. I don’t like to leave the comfort of my pillows and blankets and cozy PJs. I don’t like to feel the cold floor on my feet or the wait for the shower to warm.
But something happened about a year and a half ago.
I became a working mom.
My maternity leave ended and my time as super teacher by day and wonder mom by night began. There was this little void in the morning that I filled with a new kind of snuggle. Baby McK snuggles. Each day, I wake up and ready myself for the never ending to-do-list ahead. I take a quick shower and toss on the very bare minimum of makeup in order to not look particularly homeless at work. Then I sneak into her little room nestled between Papa’s and our own to try to cuddle her close before she fully awakens. She usually turns her little head into my shoulder and crosses her legs on top of my own as we sink into the comfy chair under the heavy blanket. We call it getting cozy. She knows what this means. We don’t talk…but whisper. We quietly sing songs and recite memorized books and chat about all the friends she will see at “school”. For the longest time, I did all the talking and she had little to say. But recently, McK has begun to steer the conversation to her favorite topics of the fish in the fish tank, her yogurt breakfast, and her beloved dogs. In the year and a half since we started cozy mornings, we have created a little routine that I fear will be short lived. I dread the day when she hops off my lap not wanting to cuddle with her old mama. But for now, I will bask in the fact that I am at the center of her universe with a short list of other people…and the fish…and her dogs. I will enjoy every minute and stretch them to the last possible moment so as to not miss a single morning snuggle with my Kenna Girl.