Resilience

re·sil·ience
riˈzilyəns/
noun
  1. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
    “nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience”
  2. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
    “the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions”
Lily and I know a thing or two about resilience.  She is faster at recovery than I am.  But then again, she’s 37 years younger than me!
Thankfully, things today have been much calmer, balanced and mellow.  Of course, it is 10pm on Friday night and Lily is still up, chirping happily in her crib.  But that’s starting to taper.  A sure sign that she will fall asleep soon.
We were both a bit shell-shocked after the night from hell.  Lily promptly woke at 9.30am on Thursday (after having finally fallen asleep at 4.17am just a few hours before).  I dragged myself out of bed to get her.  Thankfully I was right enough in my mind to tell the nanny to come over that morning and help out.  Even though I had called in sick to work to care for Lily, I needed a bit of caring for too.  Nanny came shortly after our wake-up and while he and Lily quietly played, I snuck back into my bedroom for a few extra hours of sleep.
A while later, I was woken by an inconsolable, overtired sweetie. As I entered the living room, I found Thomas (the nanny) trying his best to calm her down.  When Lily saw me, she threw her arms up in the air and said, ‘mommy!’  I’m going to pause this story for a moment – the fact that this child threw her arms up in the air (in a clear demonstration of wanting to be picked up) and that she called out ‘mommy’, while looking at me pleadingly, is HUGE.  Again, I know this may seem insignificant to many, but it is far from insignificant.
So, yes.  My heart melted and I swooped up my sweetie and sang her our ‘song’, which used to be the song my mom sang to me when I was little – ‘Sunshine of my life’ by Stevie Wonder.  All was well again – for both of us.
And today, we are back into the swing of things.  She slept a solid stretch from Thursday night into Friday morning and had a great nap today.  AND – I’m glad to write that it is now 10.19pm and Lily is sleeping soundly.  Fingers crossed that this is another good night of sleep for the both of us!
Us girls know how to bounce back!

Us girls know how to bounce back!

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5 thoughts on “Resilience

  1. Bless you both, Chrissy! Being a Mommy isn’t easy, but the love is extraordinary. Love you, Auntie Bernice

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