I love quiet. I always have.
Maybe it’s my opportunity to clear the clutter from my busy brain… but I feel like I need at least a small chunk of silence every single day.
As I mentioned yesterday, I never listen to the radio when I’m driving. I only listen to CD’s around Christmas time, I don’t even have one song on my computer, and I don’t own any type of MP3 player.
I keep my phone on vibrate, I rarely watch TV, I enjoy doing most activities in silence, and before Nora was born, I could sit in my home office ALL day long and never tire of the quiet.
I really like peace and quiet! (and in case you’re wondering — Dave is the exact opposite!)
After Nora was born, my quiet life was immediately inundated with crying, screaming, musical toys, children’s songs, Baby Einstein DVD’s, Nora’s “chatter”, etc. etc.
My silent time was gone.
But then I started walking.
I’ve always enjoyed a nice walk, being outside, getting a bit of fresh air, and relishing in the peace and quiet.
However now I love walking because it’s one of the only ways I can get Nora to sleep!
I first discovered this “revelation” when Nora was just a couple weeks old. Even though it was the middle of December, the weather wasn’t too bad, so I bundled her up and we went for a walk. Within minutes, she was sleeping.
Praise the Lord!
I finally had a few moments to myself, to clear my brain, to zone out and think about nothing, or everything, or ANYTHING I wanted to without a fussing baby, TV, or music cluttering up my brain.
I remember when we got home from our first walk — I felt like a completely different person. Ready to tackle the rest of the day.
Of course, she woke up the minute we got inside, but still — I had “my silent time”.
My afternoon walks used to be something I did just because I could. Now I walk out of sheer desperation for those few moments of silence each day (yes, rainy days are bad for us!)
SIDE NOTE: As I type this post, I’m currently in our heated outbuilding (with absolutely no noise) while I’m paying a babysitter to watch Nora in the house.
THAT’S how much I need/crave silent time (because you all know how frugal I am!)
I hope that I’ll be able to reclaim a bit of my silent time as she gets older and starts to nap better — but by then we might have another baby, maybe a dog, and lots more noise!
I guess I’ll be walking for the next several years!