I presented the kids with a few options of trips today, but they said they wanted to stay around the house. I have come to trust them on this. They are mostly very willing to go out and have adventures, but they like their recovery time, too. I am grateful that we most often find a ratio of in-the-nest time and out-in-the-world time that feels balanced to all of us. I was glad for the down time today, too. I went over to help my sister with the baby for a couple of hours in the afternoon while my mom swam with the kids, and I worked on my quilt when the house was quiet and everyone else was asleep.
I need to write, too, that today's "Just Add Light and Stir" post was maybe my favorite yet. It's about the biochemical difference between counting to ten while holding your breath and getting madder and madder and counting to ten while breathing deeply and intentionally bringing to mind peaceful thoughts.
When I was preparing for my birth with Fox, I found it most helpful to see pictures of what was happening to a woman's body during a contraction and to read about what those chemicals and movements were doing to bring about a birth. That was what allowed me to sail (focused, mindfully, seriously, uncomfortably) through the contractions. That understanding.
The counting-to-ten post was like that this morning.
"I love these people." Yes, indeed.