31 More Things – 25 – 7:30PM

These are from Ali’s 31 More Things class. More context here.

So here’s my day twenty-five – 7:30PM.

(journaling below)

Today was an important day for David. Something he worked very hard towards and hopefully a big milestone for him. He was brave and graceful and mature. And I am so very proud of him. So today’s 7:30 is slightly different than usual.

7:30pm is quiet around here. On week nights, Nathaniel goes to bed around 6pm and I snuggle up and read to him. We just finished Because of Winn-Dixie and started Bliss. We generally read for 10-15 minutes and he then goes to sleep. David gets to stay up a bit later but he’s in bed at 7pm with lights out by 7:30pm.

On most weekdays, I have 5 or 5:30am meeting so I go to bed early myself. Lately, I’ve been going to bed early with some tea and a small bar, and my ipad. I listen to my audiobook and play CandyCrush or I read, depending on my mood. I will then lie in bed for an hour or even more and turn the lights off between 9 and 9:30pm. Even with that, I don’t often get the full eight hours of sleep I need.

On weekend nights, Nathaniel still goes to bed about the same time. He likes to make sure he’s sleeping before it’s dark out. David gets to stay up until 8pm, so he might be in his room reading or downstairs, hanging out with me as we both read.

Tonight, he gets to say up as late as he wants. Jake’s in the city, listening to a speech by Justice Breyer so, David’s been sitting next to me, playing me wonderful songs from his Spotify as I write this. In a little while, we’ll sit side by side and read. There’s nothing that makes me feel as content as sitting next to my kids and reading while they read, too. I get to experience this with David regularly and it makes me so happy. I am looking forward to getting to do it more with Nathaniel too as he discovers and expands his passion for reading.

Before I took the job with the Zurich team, I used to go to sleep a few hours later and
even though I would call myself a night person, I’ve grown to love this new schedule.
And even though waking up when it’s dark is tough, feeling productive and accomplished by 10am is a wonderful feeling.

I am off to spend more time with my wonderful son. Here’s to many more nights together.

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