Falling Asleep

22 Jan

Lately sleep has been a precious commodity around here. It took all three of us an inexplicably long time to adjust to jet lag—Everett has spent a few nights waking every couple hours with a confused look, and his tummy seems to have been a little upset; I have alternated between not being able to sleep at bedtime and waking in the night unable to fall back to sleep. The short days haven’t helped, though the recent sun has helped, and the experience has made me particularly sensitive to everyone’s sleepy cues. Given that it’s nearly the day of rest, our second here in London, and that I’m about to head to bed and wake up to it while most of my readers are probably just getting ready for dinner, I thought I’d share this bit that I wrote a few weeks before we even left but forgot about:

I love the quiet little space this baby finds just before he falls asleep. He goes from wiggling every limb and even moving his head back and forth quickly with a wild grin on his face, to suddenly lying still. His legs stretch out and relax, his sweet little hands rest on either side of his head, right near his ears. He sighs and his eyes fix on something. Sometimes he makes little moans or purses his lips and blows bubbles, or sucks steadily on his pacifier. I’m not much of a poet, but I couldn’t help but jot this down after watching him intently one day a little while back:

Wiggly limbs fall slowly, softly, going limp
Squirming body holds still save for the rise and fall of miniature lungs and soft, warm, full belly
Eyes fixate, grow deep with thought, intent on some spot on the wall
Eyelids open and close more slowly, staying closed a little bit longer with each blink, until they don’t open at all
Breaths lengthen indo deep, peaceful sighs
Small smiles flit across a softened face
I would love to know what dreams dance behind those quiet eyes.


Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Falling Asleep

  1. Leslie Bley

    January 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Hi Emily! You are missed here. Hope the adjustment and rest continues to get better.

  2. Hannah B

    January 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    my sweet sister. this is absolutely beautiful. your precious son is so amazing to me. i miss you all dearly.

  3. Andrea Baldwin

    January 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Beautiful. 🙂


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