A QUIET HOUSE is such a treat!  I didn’t think I was a person who “needed” quiet or enjoyed quiet until having children, and I didn’t notice it as much with just one child.  Though I do remember with child #1 and still love how wonderful it feels to simply take a shower and “get away” for a few minutes. Perhaps with child #2 the house is louder and the demands on me as a mom are greater, so as I said in this post, it’s in the times of contrast that we can learn to appreciate what we have: kids awake = loud and kids asleep = quiet.

There are times throughout the day when I feel like I can’t even go to the bathroom undisturbed – especially with my son in an extra clingy phase right now! During these times, I count down the minutes to each of these quiet periods in my day, usually nap time or bed time.  It means that I CAN DO WHAT I WANT!  Usually my free time is split between consultant work, job hunting, house work, reading, or time online.  It is a peaceful oasis to relax and be able to hear the clock tick, hear my fingers tap the keyboard, and reflect on my day a bit, while getting ready to do it all over again tomorrow.  SHHHH!!