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July 14, 2014

A Mother’s Ears

Last night the little one went to bed feverish. She had been giving lots of snuggles and laying on our chests (which pretty much NEVER happens anymore) in the late afternoon, and by the time bedtime rolled around and I picked her up she felt way too warm. A quick temperature check confirmed the fever.

She woke up fine, but throughout the night there were lots of tosses and turns. Lots of moans, whines, and cries as she tried to settle in to sleep. Lots more noises throughout the night as she tried to stay asleep. At midnight we had a full blown wake up and cry, paired with another dose of meds, and more snuggles.
Like I said, she woke up fine, but I didn’t sleep. My mother’s ears were focused on every little squeak coming through that monitor. As a mother, I wanted to be sure I was there at the first sign of her needing me. To be sure my arms were there to scoop her up the instant things took a turn for the worse. To softly sing her songs, to gently rock her back and forth, to whisper Hail Mary after Hail Mary to her as the repetition of those prayed words calmed me as much as they calmed her.

 

As I lay there on alert in the early morning hours knowing I should sleep, but unable to drift off as I listened to the hum of the air conditioner whispering through the monitor on my night stand, I thought of God.

How he never sleeps. How he is always on alert for us, and while it seems like he is there for us split seconds after we cry out for him, really, he’s been right there with us all along. He’s there to carry us through the rough nights, and to smile with us on the bright and happy mornings. He’s the parent I can only strive to be. The constant calming and caring presence. Always on alert and ready to assist, but willing to stand in support as we figure it out on our own.

 

To any other sleepy mamas (or daddies) out there… grab a second (or third) cup of coffee and embrace that exhaustion – it’s a very present reminder of your love for your little one(s), and of His love for you.

 

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  1. Carol

    July 14th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Beautiful and so full of truth!

  2. Eli Pacheco

    July 15th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Being a parent means getting to play God a little. It’s empowering and humbling all at once.

    *so glad I found you through the Hump Day Happenings.

  3. bmariephoto

    July 15th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Eli! I seem to fall more on the humbled end of the spectrum a lot… but I’m ok with that. Thanks for coming over!

  4. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    July 16th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I’m not a parent yet, but I love seeing how kids can teach us truths about God without even know it. Thanks for this reminder! And thanks for joining us for Hump Day Happenings. Congrats on your feature this week!

  5. bmariephoto

    July 16th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I’m excited/so flattered about the feature! 🙂 And omygoodness do kids teach you about God… lots of pushes to trust Him and many a reminder that you aren’t always in control!

  6. Rebecca

    July 17th, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Such a beautiful thought and post! A lovely thought to remind myself with when I’m tired and just want to complain about it.

  7. bmariephoto

    July 17th, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Thank you, Rebecca! I feel like we all need those reminders from time to time.

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