1. Chai tea. I would love to drink a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte every day, but that would bankrupt us. Trader Joe's Spicy Chai is a good substitute. And there's something about filling the kettle, holding the steaming mug, and slowing down enough to sip it that makes everything less stressful and more delightful. Who knew tea could do so much? The British, I guess.
2. Books. For the rare quiet moment nursing, for any available downtime. The kindle is wonderful for ease of reading one-handed while nursing, and for the light at bedtime. Regular books are wonderful because they are wonderful. Am I the only one whose life is saved daily by reading?
3. The ergo. How on earth would I get anything done without it?
4. Sunny days, when I can send the kids outside and let them burn off some energy on the trampoline, digging holes, building forts, or taking walks.
5. Read-alouds. It's about the only school I can do while nursing (Ivy is not a great nurser, so none of this walking around while feeding her stuff). Good thing it's everyone's favorite. So far since she was born, we've finished Sarah, Plain and Tall, and are over halfway done with Sign of the Beaver.
6. The Instagram #yearofordinarybeauty project I'm doing with Alison. It's helping me see the beauty of these busy days, slow down, and capture the moments I will miss. (I'm notesinthemargins.)
7. Snuggling with this girl, especially at night. When the house is quiet, she's all mine.