The Unexpected.

8/26/2014


I think one of the craziest things about parenting (aside from the decibel level they can reach - but they are so small...how, why are their voices so loud?) is the unexpected challenges and lessons that arise on a daily, hourly, sometimes minute by minute basis. Sometimes they are small, like for instance an argument about wearing cupcake fleece pajamas and a Santa Claus hat out to the grocery store in 90 degree weather. But sometimes they are bigger. And those are the times that you find yourself desperately wishing for an argument about fashion choices.

Last Friday we had what amounted to a minor health related scare with Mila, and everything is alright, but for several minutes I was thrown out of my world and definitely outside my comfortable parenting zone. I was in unexpected territory and it's not a place I want to go back to. Suddenly everything else seemed petty and inconsequential. It's like someone packed a box full of perspective and dropped it right at my feet. That night we read five extra books at bedtime and we curled up snugly, warm and cozy, and I think I was the most blissfully happy I've ever been.

The next day I told her she could wear her pajamas all day. Because really...maybe she's onto something.

Photo credit: Alexa Evans (Can you spot Phoenix)? And just to reassure those who may have thought he climbed that hedge, he's on Dad's shoulders. ;)

8 comments:

Molly {Dreams in HD} said...

so happy to hear that mila is ok alexa. i can't even imagine how terrifying that experience was for you...give her lots of extra hugs this week :)

Jillian Manesh said...

im glad that mila is okay! thinking of you!!
xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

So glad Mila is OK. What a scary situation to put everything in perspective.

Nicole said...

Love you all!

Alex Byer said...

First things first, omg hi Phoenix!! Secondly, so glad all is well with everyone. Sending you all love!

Kat said...

Glad everything is ok!!!

Gloria said...

It's amazing how fast things sobering news can snap life into perspective. I'm so glad everything is okay with Mila!

A Crimson Kiss said...

I love this image, and I'm so glad to hear Miss Mila's all right!