14 September 2014

Sleeping beauty - The ordinary moments

My dad always says there are three things in life you could happily gaze at for hours on end - a crackling fire, flowing water and a sleeping baby.
 
 
black and white baby sleeping cot
 
 

When she was born I used to just look at her. I didn't want to close my eyes, and lose any moment with her. Maybe I was also a little afraid that something might happen to her if I would lose sight of her. So I just looked at her, when she was sleeping, her little jerky movements, her little yawns, her little dreamy cries, etched in my memory.

When she was a little older she would fall asleep on my chest, and I would feel her breathing on my cheek, her little huffs of warm air, her little chest moving up and down, and I felt happy. At peace. Like I was right where I am supposed to be.

Now she is a big girl and I hardly ever get cuddles - she is just too busy exploring the world. But sometimes, right before she goes to sleep she cuddles me for a moment, rests on my shoulder, and I can feel her breath on my skin again. I don't get to watch her sleep much anymore - I don't want to disturb her when she is sleeping and try to stay away from her room for her nap time. She is much too easily disturbed nowadays. But sometimes I can't resist to sneak a little peek, and gaze at her, think about what she is dreaming about, and imagine her breath on my skin and her weight on me.

My little girl, so peaceful, so beautiful. I could just sit there and gaze at her for hours.
 
 
Black and white baby sleeping in cot
 
 
(Linking with B&W Project at PODcast, and The Ordinary Moments at Mummy Daddy Me)

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20 comments:

  1. These photos are absolutely beautiful, I love the shadows and the light and the black and white. And I agree there is nothing lovelier than a sleeping baby. When I go in at night all I want to do is wake mine up for a cuddle! x

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    1. Oh yes, and I used to love just putting my hand on her back when she was sleeping in her cot. Can't do that anymore as she wakes up...

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  2. I agree with your dad.. those 3 could really make me happily gaze at for hours, especially the baby; a cute little angel peacefully asleep. and oh, i love your profile picture with your baby! you're so cute!! ♥

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    1. Oh thank you! I love that picture - I have it as my fbook profile picture too :)

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  3. Yes, could easily sit and watch that little one asleep for hours too.

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    1. They just look so angelic don't they, when they are sleeping :) (even if they aren't when awake :D)

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  4. I could absolutely sit and watch any of those for hours, but watching my children sleep would win hands down every time. These photos are perfect x #bwphotoproject

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    1. Yep, it is definitely the best of the three things :) And their little noises and snuffling when they sleep, aww :)

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  5. I agree with your dad! I love staring at my sleeping children but always wish I could snuggle up to them but this would wake them up. Beautiful photos x

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    1. My dad has a few good sayings :) Ha, I always wish I could cuddle my baby too, but she too sleeps far too lightly now :)

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  6. Lovely photo, one pf my favourite times of day is checking on Monkey before I go to bed. Just watching him sleeping, don't think I'll ever tire of that view #bwphotoproject

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    1. I always check on my little one too - just go at the door and peek in and listen to her breathing. It is lovely seeing them so peaceful.

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  7. Beautiful photos. I can sit and just stare at my own when they sleep so soundly. Then they wake up and well...major chaos! lol


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    1. Hahaha, too right! They can be right little nightmares, spreading destruction all around them when awake :)

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  8. Awwww looks so calm and adorable =) #bwphotoproject

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  9. I think we are all a little guilty of this because I know I am! Gorgeous photos, the lighting is perfect and the monochrome is perfect. x

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    1. Thanks! I rarely take bw photos, as I think they suit low-light conditions and specific lighting conditions the best, and this one worked out really well.

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  10. Lovely post and photos. I'm the same: I love watching my little boy sleep. Though it never fails to amaze me how he could have spent the entire day running rings round me, and still be forgiven the second I see that angelic little face! #theordinarymoments

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    1. They can be such little demons awake, and when they sleep, they look like little angels :) It is lovely to watch them sleep, and esp when they curl up close to you when they are tired - so rare to get a hug from a toddler unless they are practically asleep :)

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