I miss her when she sleeps.
Almost every night before I close my eyes, I lay under the covers with my iPhone in night mode and scroll through the thousands of images and videos of my happy girl. The trips we’ve taken, the simple moments at home, family love fests, her first this and that, smiles with dada.
The sleep deprived “me” of two months ago is rolling her eyes like I’m that mom.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m elated that she’s finally sleeping through the night. I did an invisible front-flip-back-handspring when I woke up after seven hours of uninterrupted snoozing.
I just feel this little tug of “something’s missing” whenever I’m not next to her. Will I feel this way forever? Is that why moms are so sad when their children go off to college? Now I’m really sad, why did I just go there?
In other news, spring is in the air and my excitement to travel and explore is in overdrive.
As soon as March hits, like clockwork, I suddenly and impulsively find myself booking trips. Almost like an addiction, I get this high knowing I’ll rekindle with my vacation-self soon.
Traveling with Maisley is different, but also has a new level of enjoyment (like most things in motherhood). She got her wings at three months old on a trip to Seattle. I fed her on the way up and down, otherwise she slept most of the time.
I think our upcoming trips to Portland and San Francisco will be easier and harder in different ways. Easier because she’s more of a human at 8 months, and harder because I literally don’t think she fits into her “nimble nook” Pack ‘n Play anymore.
Regardless of the challenges, I’m actively committed to soaking up every minute with Maisley.
Because in a few fast months, the images from these trips will too become part of the memory montage on my dimmed iPhone screen.
P.S. I thought sleeping through the night would significantly help with my mental clarity throughout the day. However, yesterday, when I was trying to pay our gas bill online, my credit card wouldn’t work. I tried four times and then called my husband in frustration. Turns out I was inputting our zip code from 2012.
Maybe mom brain is permanent and the lack of sleep was just a good excuse.