10 Ways to Embrace Motherhood

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Now that I’m a mother, my life is very different. And I love it. Here are just a few things that are different and wonderful:

  1. I wake up slowly, at whatever time my little girl decides is “morning.” We cuddle and nurse in bed until we’re both in a great mood and ready to attack the day.
  2. I get to read children’s books on a daily basis. I love children’s books, but it feels silly to read them alone as an adult. She’s starting to notice the pictures, too.
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  3. Because my daughter is experiencing everything for the first time, I’m seeing the world as if it’s brand new too. Everything is incredible.
  4. Special little moments have the ability to freeze time. Like when Anneliese is nursing, then takes a break for a moment to look up at me and grin. Time stops, and my heart explodes.
  5. When I run errands, I can talk to “myself” without looking like a crazy person. I narrate what we are doing, and describe everything we see, as I pat my baby’s bottom through our ring sling.
  6. I notice the tiny things I do for myself much more, whether it’s savoring a dark chocolate Lindor truffle, painting my toenails, or spending some time with a magazine.
  7. I have a fantastic subject for my photography whenever the mood strikes. Sorry, Zora, but dogs aren’t as exciting to photograph as babies are.
  8. A whole new world of craft projects has opened up to me – making baby clothes, sewing and embroidering ring slings, crocheting blankets, and making soft toys.
  9. I feel more pride when I get things done around the house. It feels less like a chore and more like an accomplishment – whether it’s dusting, doing a load of laundry and getting it put away, or emptying the dishwasher.
  10. Every day I get to watch my little girl grow, and know that I am nourishing her in every way. It’s like magic.

What little things do you love about the pace of your days? Comment with your answer for a chance to win a $100 Visa card from Olay and BlogHer. (CLOSED)

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258 Comments

  1. Joanne P.
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 17:44:39

    So who won this one???

  2. clarissa
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 21:30:57

  3. clarissa
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 21:29:27

    i love that I don’t ever have to go anywhere…well hardly ever…with the kids homeschooling we rarely have to leave the house

  4. Lora Reynolds
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 09:19:23

    I love that my son has afternoon kindergarten! I have a three year old daughter too, so it is perfect. They play in the morning, we can slowly get ready or go to the park before my son has school. I feel like it gives me the extra time to spend with my kids.

  5. Baylee
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 08:27:20

    I love that the pace of my days allows for alot of me time. Whether that be starbucks in the morning, a nice afternoon nap in between classes, or a candelit dinner all to myself.

  6. Norma
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 23:21:03

    I’m retired now so my pace is whatever I want it to be – some days I’m a slug, other days I run around :)

  7. LAMusing
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 23:19:57

    Since I’m currently unemployed my “pace” is different than what I’m used to. I love my “to do” list – I put even small tasks on it and checking them off makes me feel good :)

  8. Heather W
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 20:08:08

    I love having coffee all the time, whenever I want
    Lovefool827 (at) yahoo (dotcom)

  9. dawn
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 17:56:53

    I love it when I get to sit down and spend some time with my kid.
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

  10. Bonnie P
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 17:38:37

    I love the time after the kids are in school and I can catch up on chores in quiet
    bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. R Hicks
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 17:30:01

    tweet

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  12. R Hicks
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 17:29:35

    I enjoy the the kids quirks and shenanigans and know it is a once in a lifetime event.

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  13. Chrysa
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 17:23:44

  14. Chrysa
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 17:19:14

    I am self-employed so I am always super super busy and running in a million directions. However, two days a week I babysit my nephew and I really love the slower pace of that time when I can just play with him, hang out at the park, bake cookies or whatever.

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    Dec 20, 2010 @ 16:14:22

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  16. c y
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 16:10:36

    I get up to coffee and the computer before I need to take care of everyone. Then onward, but pleasant start.

  17. Sarah L
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 16:05:02

  18. Sarah L
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 16:03:46

    I go swimming 3 times a week and drink water and do things that make me happy. Thanks for the contest.

  19. Jessica Kaufman
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 15:56:04

  20. Diane Baum
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 15:54:17

    Sometimes when I am running in a hundred different directions, I have to stop myself, relax and remember-What is important to me. My kids are, so I need to spend the next hour with them.

  21. Jessica Kaufman
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 15:53:51

    I love when my husband comes home from work. I am also a stay at home mom so it is nice when he’s home and we can catch up.

  22. amy
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 15:40:42

    I love it when I get to sit down and spend some time with my kids to play puzzles, even for just 15 minutes every day. It’s good quiet time and excellent to unwind! :)

  23. Over Thirty Mommy
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 15:16:15

    Now that I am a stay at home, my days are full of play time and fun with my daughter.

  24. Deborah Wallin
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:44:52

    I look forward to the evenings when they are all safely tucked into bed, and I can have some peace and quiet.

  25. Tomi
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:39:23

    Just having a cup of coffee with hubby before the kids wake up is a joy. Just that one little quiet moment before their day starts.

  26. charline
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:39:09

    I love the minute when I send hubby off to work and put my son on the bus. I have about 30 minutes just for me. I savor it by sitting down and relaxing before I start my day.
    stanleybilly(at)bellsouth(dot)net

  27. April
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:25:14

    I love that time of the morning after I’ve walked the dogs and fed the cats, that I get all to myself. I sit down in peace and quiet, drink my coffee and savor my alone time.

  28. jennifer horn
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:24:27

  29. jennifer horn
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:23:30

    I love the pace of my day. I am a stay at home mom and we pretty much don’t follow a strict routine. We see what each day brings.

  30. Mar
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:21:46

    I pretty much enjoy the day as it goes. Try not to get stressed. begd at live dot com

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    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:18:11

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    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:17:35

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  33. kathy
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:15:54

    I like having a set routine every day.

  34. Emma Peel
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:08:59

    well I love that I have learned to just take things as they go and one day at a time, this is much help to me and it’s a pace I can go at that wont stress you out. I love it this way!

  35. Susan C.
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 14:01:51

    I love the moments I have in the car on my way to/from work to listen to the radio and get into/out of work mode. It really helps.

  36. Lee Taylor
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 13:36:11

    My favorite part of the day is returning home from work and getting the chance to spend time with my wife and children!

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  37. Deanne Moore
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 13:28:12

    Being a stay at home mom I love to set the pace for my family…smooth as vanilla in my Dr. Pepper and cool as Olay moisturizers. The less tension we feel the more love and harmony we have:=)

  38. Amy Delong
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 13:05:52

    my favorite part of the day is waking up and seeing my boys when they get up!
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

  39. Erica Best
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:49:25

  40. Erica Best
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:48:21

    i would having time to spend with my nephew

  41. heidi
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:47:52

    i was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant; that was a long and frightening journey. now that my son is born (i had chemo while pregnant) and is healthy, i focus on as many little things that i can. my children are such a source of great joy, just being around them makes my everyday routines delightful. finding happiness in anything i can has given me what i need for making my days mean so much more.

  42. Lisa G.
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:45:44

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  43. Lisa G.
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:44:29

    My favorite part of my day has to be mid morning after my daughter wakes up from her first nap. She is always in the most fun mood and chatters and squeals and it’s so much fun.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  44. Darcy B
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:42:59

    I love to water my plants, I love to see their progress–for some reason it’s very calming to me. I tend to move at high speed–but taking care of my plants mellows me.
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

  45. Ellie W
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:42:59

  46. Ellie W
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:41:37

    I love routine. So the pace of my days is thrown off at the moment because of school being out for the holidays. Just when I get adjusted the kids will be going back to school and we will have to get back into our normal routine.

  47. PauleyD
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:26:45

  48. PauleyD
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:24:40

    I like the car ride home. When I leave work there is no traffic, so I just listen to books on tape or heavy metal music (which my wife hates, so I don’t play it at home).

  49. lisa
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:08:59

  50. lisa
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:08:12

    I like the early mornings because I have a few extra minutes to myself and I also like the end of the day when everything is done and I can relax and spend time with family.

  51. kimbly
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:29:27

    Try not to laugh, but I honestly thing micro-accomplishments are a great thing! It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff that needs to be attended to on a daily basis – sometimes, focusing on small triumphs gets you through to the end of the day!

  52. Tamara
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:09:12

    I always enjoy the end of the day. When I know that I have accomplished so much and the day was very productive, then I can relax in the evening with my family.

  53. Auriette
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:06:30

    My days are usually pretty hectic and workdays can be very stressful. I value the times when I have a few minutes to stretch out and read a book, just relaxing. It doesn’t come often enough. Staying busy helps the days pass quickly, but sometimes I feel like my life is passing me by.

  54. Margie
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:06:00

    I like getting up in the early mornings and being able to plan my day with a fresh cup of coffee.

  55. Patricia Treskovich
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:04:37

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  56. Patricia Treskovich
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:03:14

    am retired so do things more leisurely now

  57. dddiva
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 10:46:32

  58. dddiva
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 10:43:55

    Try to stay in the moment as much as you possibly can.

  59. pixie13
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 10:37:08

    During the day it’s go, go, go, do, do, do. I love it at night after everyone is asleep & I can just sit in the peace & quiet & relax

  60. shel
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 10:11:30

    I like working 2nd shift. I was never an early morning person and I have a reason to sleep past 9am now. I usually have enough time to get things done during the day while my husband is at work and my daughter at school, it’s very quiet here during the day and I can focus on things I want to get done before I have to start getting ready to go to work. I know my husband would rather have me working day shift but we save so much money on childcare with each of us working a different shift.

  61. Sonja Thompson
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 09:44:50

    The pace of my day is hectic as a mom, daycare provider & step-mom. I savor the early morning quiet that greets me for the pace that is ahead as well as the peace of the evening to remember the day we’ve had and the time to reflect.

  62. Marilyn
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 09:33:21

    I love re-living everything!!

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

  63. Kristina
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 09:31:09

    When I get home from work, I always take my dog for a walk and then relax with a movie or a book. :)

  64. Patrice
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 09:15:28

    I love to take the time throughout the day to look out the window and observe the birds and squirrels and see the seasonal changes in trees and shrubs and all of nature.

  65. Molly L
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 09:09:44

    I am a Reading Specialist, and I love that I get to start my mornings with 3 eager first graders and a good book :)

  66. chastidy
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 08:41:33

    I love that anytime we go somewhere new we have to stop and look at everything. :)

  67. Selene
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 08:36:12

    Since I’m at retirment age, my days are mine to plan as I want. I don’t put a lot of demands on myself, and generally just enjoy life.

  68. Leslie S.
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 08:16:40

    My pace changes daily.I homeschool my kids(ages 12,10,8,and 3).I have learned to just take things as they come and relax.Life is too short so enjoy every second you have.Thanks!
    lstanziani(at)yahoo(dot)com

  69. gina lang
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 07:55:57

    i love cuddling after i take my two oldest to school me and my little one get to watch tv and cuddle.

  70. Heather @ Creative Family Moments
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 07:54:14

    Early mornings, lately. My husband is off to work and it’s my time to be alone, blog, sip my coffee, and sometimes even workout before everyone gets up.

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    Dec 20, 2010 @ 07:53:13

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  72. Mel W
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 07:05:09

    The quiet during naptime!

  73. Holly
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 06:14:06

    The time between coming home from work and dinner is my favorite of the day.

  74. Betty C
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 03:09:39

  75. Betty C
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 03:08:48

    I love the quiet at the end of the day when the loudest sound is the cat snoring :)
    It gives me the chance to think about everything that has happened during the day and plan for tomorrow.

  76. Justine
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 02:31:20

  77. Justine
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 02:30:24

    I love squeezing in a few minutes to take my best friend/my dog for a walk, he just gets so happy to be out and about! I love the big hug I get from my son when I pick him up from school :D

  78. Heather H.
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 01:09:56

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  79. Heather H.
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 01:08:25

    I love waking up to the smell of my boyfriend making coffee and the first ray of sunlight seeping through my bedroom window.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  80. oona b
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 22:48:30

    I love walking slowly with my daughter to school in the morning, watching birds on the wire, hearing the sounds of the city waking up, and listening to my daughter chatter excitedly about her day. I wouldn’t miss it for the world!
    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

  81. danielle
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 22:09:00

    We seem to live a hectic schedule, where there are never enough hours in the day. I work full time and home school, but knowing how fast my daughter is growing up leaves me wistful that I am not able to spend more time with her in a relaxed way.

  82. Judith
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 22:07:18

    • Judith
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 22:15:08

      Please this and my other entry on Dec 19, I believe I entered on Dec 16. Sry for this

      • Joyful Abode
        Dec 19, 2010 @ 22:19:47

        hey Judith, I know you said you had different names… can you just tell me the #s of your comments, and the email addresses you used so I can confirm they’re really you?:) Thanks.

  83. rebecca
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 22:06:26

    I am a grandmaw, so life has no need to be hurried anymore. I love the days I spend with my granddaughter, we call them piddling days and both love them. She is more open to family history, eclectic music or fashion than her mom was or I am not the drill sargeant I was then. We laugh much, and I love it.

  84. Erica C.
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 22:03:13

    A busy schedule seems to keep my healthier and happier. It’s when I don’t have things to do…I start getting tired and feeling sad!

  85. Crystal F
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 21:27:05

    I love bedtime. My 6 yr. old still sleeps with me and we cuddle all night. If I roll over in my sleep she will tap me and tell me to cuddle. I love it and don’t want it to end. Thank you!

  86. Emily N.
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 20:51:35

  87. Emily N.
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 20:51:13

    I love days when I don’t have to set the alarm and can just wake up naturally.

  88. MelissaO
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 20:27:52

    Love having mornings at work to drink tea and chat with coworkers…and also love after shower time when I get to read in bed until I fall asleep.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  89. Shawnna
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 20:10:38

    Try to keep it as stress free as possible. Fortunate enough to work afternoon shift so errands are easy to fit in

  90. Tammy Darling
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 20:07:10

    We do everything at our own pace!

  91. Pauline M
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 19:58:35

    My favorite thing about the pace of my days is that I’ve become something I swore I would never do… become a soccer mom. I hit the soccer field, the ski slopes, the orthodontist :) and I absolutely love it!

  92. Katie R.
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 19:21:37

    I’m a full time student so my days are pretty hectic but I like that my nights have a relaxed pace

  93. Jean D.
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 19:11:52

  94. Jean D.
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 19:10:28

    I worked hard today, but tonight I’m relaxing and enjoying simple contentment. I’m in a comfy recliner with a fire going in the fireplace, a bowl of popcorn, and BlogHer to keep me informed and interested in the lives of others.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  95. Debra F
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 18:22:45

    My favorite part of the day is when I leave in the morning and I say “Adios Muchachos” to my boys and they run and give me huge hugs and smooches…..same thing every morning- I couldn’t get through the day without it!

  96. amy h
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 17:06:53

    I love receiving an “i love you” text from my husband just out of the blue. It makes me forget all of the stresses I have dealt with throughout my day. Thanks for the giveaway.

  97. Daniel M
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 16:56:07

    when it’s over and i can finally go to bed

  98. latisha depoortere
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 15:14:13

  99. tammigirl
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 14:39:07

    The moments that make me take notice around here are when my son comes home from school. It’s like I get to meet him every day at 3:18. And when the little dog goes up on his stool to look out the window. It makes me stop and think about simplicity.

  100. Summer
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 12:12:02

    Weekends naturally are the best, but I like it when I plan a weekday well. Like after the gym at 6 am I’ll start marinading meat or set up the crockpot in the morning before work. Then dinner is easy and already decided so there is more time to relax that evening.

  101. elizabeth p
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 12:04:01

    My weekdays are very busy and hectic so weekends are for family.

  102. decaturmamaof2
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 11:44:14

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  103. decaturmamaof2
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 11:41:18

    I love now having two children, even though I thought I couldn’t do it. I love reading to both of them (while the baby is nursing, the older one is watching/reading along). I really love cuddling a newborn again – I had missed that new-baby smell.
    dagmar67 at hotmail dot com

  104. angie
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:38:16

  105. angie
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:37:37

    I love my morning routine. Once I help get hubby out the door, I make myself a big mug of hot chai tea latte and check my emails. It relaxing and quiet and nice.

  106. erma
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:12:29

    I like the quiet of my day.

  107. Geoff K
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:04:55

  108. Geoff K
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:04:08

    I love the natural ebbs and flows of the day. When I wake up earlier than everyone else, I enjoy a peaceful hour to myself, then suddenly things pick up quickly once everyone awakes and needs to get out the door. Then things slow down a bit as I ease into the work day, and then speed up again as the afternoon swings into full gear. But my favorite time of day is dinnertime, when we all decompress from our busy days and just breathe a sigh of relief once we’re at the table!

  109. scott
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 11:42:32

  110. scott
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 11:42:11

    During the week, I can honestly say that there is not much I like as its all work work work. BUT during the weekend, I love sleeping in, snuggling with my partner, and just doing whatever we want to do or doing nothing! The freedom and love we share is what I most enjoy.

  111. Amy
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 09:32:27

    When all the kids are in bed, and I have just finished my nightly routine, I lay my weary bones down in bed and READ.

  112. Marisa
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 09:24:09

    Waking up on Saturday mornings and read a book in bed for hours.

  113. Danielle Memmel
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 05:59:00

    The pace of my day is very fast these days. It is all worth it though when Braxton looks up at me and gives me his adorable smile or when Annalisa runs downstairs and gives me a hug to tell me “she waked up.” I am enjoying these moments with my 2 youngest children. This sweet time passed way too quickly with my 2 oldest daughters Elizabeth and Alaina. Now it is a rush here and there with their activities…they have less time for Mommy!

  114. Debbie C
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 01:02:06

  115. Debbie C
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 01:00:57

    What I love about the pace of my days is that I do get periods of quiet and calm and I cherish them, believe me!

    dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

  116. Sarah S.
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 00:28:35

    I love spending time with my puppy. He’s my stand in child until I am married in July and can start popping out babies!! He’s the smartest, sweetest dog…and he makes my life brighter!

  117. Amber
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 00:21:24

    I love being a SAHM and being able to go at the pace of my children. I dont have to rush every morning for work, or to take them to daycare. If we have a lazy day, its ok because I have two sweet angels.

  118. Bryanna P.
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 00:06:28

    Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
    Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
    Happy holidays!
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  119. Tabathia B
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 23:07:16

  120. Tabathia B
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 23:04:44

    I love watching my baby wake up every morning (my older kids also)and watching her experience life day by day
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  121. Marie Rowe
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 23:00:50

    I enjoy keeping (and later reading) a journal, reflecting on the cute and poignant antics and comments our children make. It’s amazing how fast children change and grow.

  122. Steph
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 21:58:55

  123. Steph
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 21:58:14

    I embrace the moment when I get home and my dog is so ecstatic to see me!! I make sure to take the time to pet him before I do other things.

  124. Suzanne Lewis
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 21:09:20

    My day is fast paced until the evening when I can relax and enjoy myself; I like it this way.

    txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

  125. Preppy Pink Crocodile
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 19:58:49

    I love getting kisses from my puppy every morning when I wake up. I love how clearly I think (sometimes the only time in a given day- ha) in the shower. I love reading blogs from bed at night.

  126. Gina @The Crave To Save
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 19:21:30

  127. Gina @The Crave To Save
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 19:21:03

    I love getting up a couple of hours before my baby boy and how great I feel when I have gotten so much done before he wakes. Then I can enjoy him more.

  128. nan
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 18:39:58

    i love it when my son wants to snuggle and we can at all times of the day
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

  129. julieh
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 18:37:37

    Right now, the pace of my days are very hectic. I get up early, rush to work, get home late, fall into bed. But on the weekend, I sleep in, relax, and take it easy.

  130. Jeanette Huston
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 15:06:25

    The pace of my day is not so great until I come home from a day at work and my kids are so excited to see me. That is the only good thing about my pace. My kids miss me.

    Jeanette Huston
    jeanette_huston@yahoo.com

  131. Susan E.
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 13:17:09

    I love when hubby gets home from work and sits at the kitchen table while I’m cooking dinner and we talk about how our days went or anything else that’s going on.

    dogsrock at insightbb dot com

  132. Kelly
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 13:04:15

    I love starting out my day with a workout. It’s some good ME time, it gets out a lot of my stress, and gives me energy for my day. I notice a big difference on the days when I don’t work out!

  133. B Smith
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 09:30:38

    I like that most days, I set the pace, and when we need down time, I just create time for it! I love that!

  134. Georgia
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 05:39:35

    Tweeted here too

    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/16110140675588098

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  135. Georgia
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 05:37:26

    I work 5 to 6 days a week so getting things done around the house only happens on the weekends but it sure feels good when I am done and things are in order.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  136. Amber
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 23:04:50

    That is goes at my speed, somewhere between marvelous and mellow!

  137. Amy J
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 14:00:40

    I love a little wake-up snuggle with my 4 year old. It really starts the day off right!

  138. Patricia
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 12:09:01

    I love how my husband wakes me up in the morning. He always has my tea ready and his smiling face starts each day off just right.

  139. Marcia Goss
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 10:17:05

  140. Marcia Goss
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 10:15:23

    My kids are grown, so it’s just my hubby and me. I enjoy our mornings together. We wake up early and have coffee in bed together while reading the newspaper. It’s a great way to start off a busy day.

  141. Leah
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 04:20:45

  142. Leah
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 04:19:41

    We homeschool…so our pace is what we make it…most part we are laid back. We hop into action on Fridays!

    leahforlove at aol dot com

  143. Tahnie
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 01:34:59

    My days are hectic with my 10 month old, but I adore that no matter how chaotic; I have moments where everything just stops and I bask in the beauty that is my daughter.

  144. Danielle
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 23:34:44

    i am so fortunate to be able to take a mid day nap. it is my favorite part of my day!

  145. Shopping Chick
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 19:55:28

  146. Shopping Chick
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 19:54:00

    What do i enjoy? coming home at the end of a long day

  147. Linda
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 19:52:49

    I enjoy making dinner for my family

  148. sean
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 19:52:18

    listening to my music in my car, i blast the radio

  149. Blue Girl
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 19:51:45

    My drive home is what I enjoy. I get to catch up with my mom, sister, friends etc. It’s time for me.

  150. Joy
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 19:51:03

    I love being able to get up an get ready at a relaxed pace, b/c my job doesnt have a set start time. . . it’s nice

  151. Melinda
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 19:50:19

    I love the warm snugles I get from my cats in the morning. To them, I’m santa on christmas morning :)

  152. Tarissa
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 19:12:23

    I enjoy getting up in the mornings, getting a lot of work done, and then spending the day with my family.

  153. Jen
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 18:48:09

    I love reading children’s books to my son. I started early, like you are, so he has developed a love for books.
    I also love after his nap – the only time of the day he is willing to snuggle!

  154. jennifer
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 18:18:54

    I love early morning snuggles with my son.

  155. Carolyn G
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 16:40:08

    I love my drive home. It is 45 minutes but it is also through the mountains on a 2 lane road with little traffic. I have my audiobook going and it is the best time.

  156. Judith
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 15:37:17

  157. Judith
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 15:35:57

    I love the pace NOW. I am retired, kids are grown, grands are a joy and my time is mine.

  158. Kathy Scott
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 14:43:43

    I am a morning person and I like that I have some time for myself before getting the boys off to school and myself to work.

  159. Paige
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 13:52:58

    I love to spend a moment in the morning, sit down, drink my coffee, and read. Even if it is only for 5 minutes, this always helps me to start my day off right!
    paigewiley16 AT gmail DOT com

  160. christie Bryant
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 12:43:14

    i cant wait to try this

  161. Susan Smith
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 09:03:28

  162. Susan Smith
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 09:03:03

    My children are older so they can do a lot of things on their own which gives me free time. Mornings can be hectic so I like getting up 1/2 hour early to get myself ready, read emails and watch the news.

  163. Johnlyn
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 06:51:23

    Now that I have figured out I don’t have to be busy all of the time, I’m enjoying life so much more! It’s only taken 40 years to figure this out!

    After I drop my kids off at school I like to walk along the creek in our town. It is breathtaking!!!

  164. T. Lawson
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 05:17:53

    I love the 1/2 hour or so I get each morning to eat breakfast and enjoy a cup of tea before the kids get up. I love tucking my kids in bed at night. I love snuggling with my husband on the sofa while watching TV.

  165. Mandala
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 00:48:59

    I like having some quiet time (5-10 minutes) to just enjoy the snow outside when I walk to the bus stop in my university in the evening to go home. It is so peaceful and pretty and reminds me of how despite how busy my day was, I can leave that all behind at work! :)
    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

  166. joni
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 23:47:33

    No pace in my life, just a lot of manic!

    dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

  167. Linda Lansford
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 21:13:38

    I am retired. It is all good. I love to sleep in

  168. Gail Crawford
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 20:47:10

    I do not have enough time in my routine for everything.

  169. Dana
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 20:43:13

    I like the lazy mornings … enjoying my cappuccino … especially if sunshine is coming in the windows … so happy I don’t have to get in the car and battle “rush hour”.

  170. wanda
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 20:20:48

    I love how I have a family that loves me…no matter how I physically change. To them, I am always beautiful!

  171. Amanda Pyle
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 18:34:39

    I love spending the day with my baby girl – nursing, reading, laughing, playing:)

  172. Carol
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 18:07:21

    I love that I get to see the world with new eyes. I love that I can introduce my girls to things I loved when I was little and see that love continue on. I love learning new things every day, whether it’s that hummingbirds don’t sing or how tall the Statue of Liberty is. All those moments add up to a wonderful life.

  173. Lisa Q
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 16:27:16

    I love that I get to be home with my kids and enjoy a relaxed pace most weeks.

  174. karen
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 15:08:49

    I love how busy I am with my 6 children–I seem to get more done when there is more to do!

  175. Tara
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 14:27:24

    Commenting with hopes of winning!

  176. Alecia
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 14:23:27

    I’m not a parent yet, so I’m currently savoring the fact that I’m still able to be completely selfish with the pace of my day while at the same time looking forward to the time when I have to be completely selfless. I can’t wait!

  177. jolene
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 13:33:22

    I love the feeling of getting out of work and getting to be outside for a bit.

  178. Lori Hart
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 12:13:28

    I love my job as the duties change day to day. The pace is brisk, but I wouldn’t have it any other way

  179. Karin
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 11:44:32

    I love getting outside and appreciating the winter season– the snow dusted trees and the fresh crisp air are wonderful.

  180. tess
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 10:18:02

    i love it when i pick up the babies from day care and they are so excited to see me.
    tcogbill at live dot com

  181. Johannah B
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 09:32:01

    tweeted here:
    http://twitter.com/1prizewinner/status/15081370254581760
    Twitter name: 1prizewinner
    1prizewinner(at)gmail(dot)com

  182. Johannah B
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 09:29:37

    I like that hubby and I work together – we carpool to save $$, but it also means that we seem always to be within earshot of one another. If we need to take a detour, we just do it – or sometimes he surprizes me and takes me to McDonalds for the “big breakfast” – it’s like those minutes I used to rush to be “on time” etc. vanished.
    1prizewinner(at)gmail(dot)com

  183. Cynthia C
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 06:15:03

    I love my mornings. I enjoy a cup of coffee at my computer.

  184. Janna Johnson
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 00:14:52

    I love exercising and spending time with my dog!
    Merry Xmas! Thanks!
    Janna Johnson
    jannajanna@hotmail.com
    janna@feedyourpigblog.com
    http://www.feedyourpigblog.com

  185. Jessie C.
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 22:57:05

  186. Jessie C.
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 22:56:34

    I like my morning coffee, work, jogging after work and a good read before bed. Life is good.

  187. ohkeeka
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 20:14:27

    I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home, so having a flexible schedule and being able to rearrange my day as needed is something I really love and appreciate!

  188. cathy miller
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 15:28:49

  189. cathy miller
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 15:26:08

    I love the pace of my days now that my children have grown. I now have time to do the things for me that I’ve always wanted to do, read a book all day or plan a day with girlfriends.

  190. Jaci @ Ravings of a Mad Housewife
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 17:25:55

    I don’t have to rush and stress in the mornings. I LOVE THAT! In fact, I start my days with my a cup of coffee on the living room floor–baby playing beside me–and time for a Bible study. How awesome is that?!?

  191. TerriAnn
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 15:02:58

    I love getting to know my DH and DD better each day.
    cookiesandclogs[at]gmail[dot]com

  192. Holly Edwards
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 15:00:03

    I love having my coffee in the mornings. It’s a great start to a usually hectic day.

  193. Suzanne K
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 14:48:11

    Right now, I don’t like anything about the pace of my days. I’ve got a huge, critical conversion going on at work and am spending WAY too much time working and getting behind on everything else. That should be done by early January, and then life will slow down. I may actually get back to spending some time taking care of ME!

  194. EMMA L HORTON
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 14:19:10

    I LOVE THE PEACE AND QUIET OF THE DAY….WHEN I GET UP AND MAKE MY CUP OF COFFEE

  195. Callie
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 14:06:23

    I don’t have a baby of my own yet, but my day starts and ends with snuggles with my dog and I love that.

  196. Tarah
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 13:12:28

    I love when I get home I can sit for a few minutes with my husband and we can unwind, talk about our day.

  197. Sarah Hirsch
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 12:31:26

    i love the little moments i have to myself. i love being with the family but i need those quiet moments just to have a little calm in my life

  198. Jill L
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 12:26:44

    I love that my kids wake up at different times so I get some one on one time with each one. I also love that all 3 are in school in the afternoons so I have some time to get work done or just put my feet up.

  199. Maria
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 10:52:22

    Now that I’m older, I get to nap during the day.

  200. Heather S
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 09:48:40

    I take time to go outside and just listen to nature and relax

  201. Ris
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 09:26:28

    I love that I can always wake up a few minutes early and enjoy the quiet in the morning before the hectic day begins!

  202. Bacallsmom
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 09:02:49

    I love my weekends. Weekdays are entirely too hectic for me at my age.

  203. Laura
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 07:28:07

    I try to savor little things throughout the day – the morning sunshine, a great song on the radio, an afternoon coffee break. Noticing those helps me stop and relax a bit.

  204. Sunshyn V
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 02:31:23

    I love that even with the really bad insomnia I’ve been getting, I can rearrange my work aruonnd it because I own my own business.
    chainmail (at) iwon (dot) com

  205. Cindy
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 02:21:39

    Tweet – http://twitter.com/Dove056/status/14610875449085952
    Dove056 at aol dot com

  206. Cindy
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 02:20:39

    Taking time to pray throughout the day even if it’s for a minute or two, makes my day joyful!
    Dove056 at aol dot com

  207. Nelly
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 02:16:30

    I love my mornings! because they are similar to yours, I nurse my baby until we are both ready to get up, its a great way to start your day :) The rest of the day is pretty hectic, but after dinner things slow down and we all go lay down on the bed and relax for the day.

  208. Nelly
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 02:14:00

    tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/nellybarney/status/14608595760975873

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

  209. Timbo
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 02:03:50

    I just tweeted this giveaway here :D

    http://twitter.com/TimboSquad/status/14606364462551040

    Please feel free to contact me at:

    allrightyes at gmail dot com

  210. Timbo
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 02:03:22

    Heh, I know this might sound sad, but there’s not really much I like about the pace of my days. Ever feel like you’re constantly hitting the ground running and that no matter what you do, the world never really seems to want to let you go? :P Yeah, that’s me…

  211. Rebecca Graham
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 01:10:00

    I like being able to work in time to read a few chapters in a book.

  212. mistysunrise
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 23:10:47

  213. mistysunrise
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 23:09:44

    I love reading the paper online everyday. It’s one of the first things I do, when I wake up.

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

  214. Debbie Bellows
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 22:38:47

    my post won’t show up for some reason!
    i tweeted

    http://twitter.com/bellows22/status/14554477390462976

  215. Debbie Bellows
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 22:36:12

    i relax every afternoon when i get off work by taking a short nap!

  216. Benny Williams
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 20:54:23

  217. Benny Williams
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 20:53:57

    What little things do you love about the pace of your days? I love the little times after getting home when I get to spend time with the family before our next event (like dinner)!

  218. Stephanie V.
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 20:45:02

    hard right now so just loving the moments of peace with my little guy. fighting cancer, had treatment and isolation last few weeks so each moment extra precious
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  219. mickeyfan
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 20:32:16

    I enjoy my days off and I give myself permission to relax. Yes, there are still some things I have to do, but I also make sure to take the time to do things I want to do!

  220. Bobbi Janay
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 19:59:57

    I agree on number 9. My biggest thing is right now is not getting sick while cooking (you know that whole pregnancy thing).

  221. Kerry
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 19:58:12

    I love running the kids to all of their activities, but during the holidays I love even more the break of running them around!

  222. sandy
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 19:25:32

    cuddling and reading with kiddos

  223. Janice Whitaker
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 19:20:09

    Even though I am tired I cook dinner for my kids and they always so it was great..thanks enough :)

  224. Luann
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 19:15:23

    I am not with child *yet*. i so long for the kinds of days you described.

    in this season, i am purposing to budget my time and feel like i am way more productive. i am liking that. and i’m also not wasting the *wait*.

  225. Kristen M.
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 19:14:56

    Two things that I love about my day are picking my kids up from school and reading to them at night. Both activities make me slow down and just enjoy “being” with my children. I enjoy the conversations we have in the car as my kids spout out snippets from their day. In the evening I enjoy getting into bed and snuggling with my kids as I read aloud. Yes, they are old enough to read to themselves but this is a routine we all look forward to.

  226. jeanine peterson
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 19:09:51

    I am recently retired , so my pace is much better than it used to be !

    I get to enjoy homemaking !

  227. jeanine peterson
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 19:07:57

  228. Adrienne Gordon
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 18:38:14

    I enjoy the hustle of my days , watching my kids invovled in all sorts of after school activities is fun for me.

  229. Thuong Pham
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 18:26:19

  230. Stacy
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 18:25:16

  231. Stacy
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 18:23:55

    My daughters are all adults now so I really relish the time they just call me or stop over to tell me about their day or what is on their mind.
    nrdunningATgmailDOTcom

  232. Thuong
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 18:16:14

    I love getting home from work and surrounded by the kids. Being able to spend time with them just eating, watching tv, doing little coloring or writing activities.

  233. nanjhall
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 18:03:40

    I love being able to set the pace of my days since I do the majority of my work from home. This gives me lots of flexibility to get up early or late, run out in the middle of the day and work at night.

  234. Roxanne Ellis Raymond
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 17:38:29

  235. Roxanne Ellis Raymond
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 17:37:26

    I love that I get up first thing to use my EA Sports for the Wii, great way to start the day and feel productive

  236. Margaret Smith
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 17:08:40

    I really love when the kids come home from school. We sit and talk for a little while and get caught up on their days.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  237. Danyelle
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 16:59:37

    I like being able to wake up slowly and also value nap/ quiet time.

  238. Ashley
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 12:53:46

    I am too a new mom of an adorable little girl.I love seeing the cute new things she figures out how to do. Her “kisses” and giggles just melt me.

  239. Ashley
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 11:38:13

    I love staying at home with my 16mo son. He wakes me up with a kiss and a request for “boo” and we giggle and play while he nurses. The rest of the day, I just enjoy every little thing he does. He’s so smart and helpful and cute, and it amazes me every single day. Cleaning house is a game to us, since he likes to help sweep the floor and push the vacuum. I love reading to him and going on long walks, and I especially love snuggling up in bed with him for his nap while I read blogs and twitter and facebook on the phone.

  240. Whitney
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 10:10:54

    I love that I am able to be a SAHM so that I can treasure each moment with my daughter throughout the day. We move at our own pace and I absolutely love it! When she first wakes in the morning, I un-swaddle her, change her diaper, and then she nurses. After she nurses we play for a while and then I (sometimes) get to take her morning nap with her cuddled in my arms!

  241. Tristina
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 10:05:48

  242. Tristina
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 10:04:48

    I love that I’m noticing the little things more and that I am influencing and teaching this little bitty human. It’s amazing and so fulfilling.

  243. Fayelle Ewuakye
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 10:04:11

  244. Fayelle Ewuakye
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 10:00:29

    I love moving at my child’s pace. She moves from object to object, activity to activity, and instead of trying to get her to fit into my schedule, I just move with her. Now an atmosphere of relaxation and fun fill our days and she’s way more apt to listen when I say “no” or take me up on my suggestions. It’s a lot more fun and easier these days!

  245. Nellie
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 08:48:07

    I am treasuring the little moments in life such as my 7 month old baby girl giving me her first smile in the morning; genuinely happy to see me and a relaxed Sunday afternoon spent looking at the Christmas tree lights and sipping hot cocoa (which my husband graciously made from scratch) all while it SNOWED outside!

  246. Katie L.
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 08:32:45

    No children, but…

    I love my morning coffee ritual. I can sit, have a cup of coffee, and brace myself for the day ahead. Usually I take that time to read blogs, write emails, and so on, before the day takes over. :)

  247. Jessica
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 08:24:51

    Here’s a link to a blog post I did about the giveaway and motherhood.

    http://belongtohim.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/joyful-abode/

  248. Jessica
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 08:00:04

    I am learning to embrace motherhood by teaching my two year old to count and just taking a couple hours or minutes whatever time I have to be there in the moment with my 3 month old. To just coo with him, kiss his toes and smell his sweet head.

    Also I am learning that I will have years and years to clean the house and keep it sparkling. But I only have a few fleeting ones with my children. Oh and I so agree about what you said about doing any type of chore feeling like an accomplishment! :) Totally agree.

  249. Ashley
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 07:59:46

    I love that my days are structured and scheduled. I’m not a big take it as it comes person.

  250. Joni
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 07:58:20

    I love all these things too and a bunch of other things as well. Having a teenager daughter is a daily adventure. Having a sharp as a tack 12 year old is an intellectual challenge. Having a 10 year old is a lesson is entomology. I don’t get to snuggle in bed until Ella wakes up because there are 3 other little-ish people who need breakfast but I appreciate them all that much more because my time is limited. When my first baby was a baby I never thought I could love another person as much as her but loves multiplies! It’s brilliant!

  251. Sarah
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 07:48:18

    I love waking up to hear cooing from my daughters bedroom and going in there and getting a huge smile from her. It’s a great way to start off my day

  252. Crystalyn
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 07:43:43

    As much as I loved the nice and easy infant days when everything was new and magical, I REALLY love playing games and having conversations with my 2 year old. She’s so fun!

  253. Mami2jcn
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 07:09:24

    tweeted-http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/14320689234317312

  254. Mami2jcn
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 07:08:49

    I love that I can spend quality time with my 15 year old daughter and not rush off to work.

  255. Karen
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 05:48:54

  256. Karen
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 05:46:58

    I am learning to love (read: not feel guilty about) sitting down and relaxing for a few minutes while my daughter naps. This means either reading Facebook/blogs on my computer (NOT MY PHONE!!!), reading a book, watching TV, or taking a nap. It’s taken time to realize that it’s okay to chill for a few minutes instead of rushing to clean my house the second the girl is asleep.