Take Life Slowly
While I was prepared for the all-consuming, exhausting nature of caring for an infant, I was surprised at the slow, meditative pace of my paternity leave. While we did our share of visiting people and doing errands, it was the unstructured days that I'll remember the most, the times when I let Adira's needs and moods dictate the day. It was a steady stream of feedings, naps, diaper changes, walks, play time. If meditation is a means of teaching a person to be aware of, and live in, the moment, that is exactly how I lived for five weeks.