In January 2018, this was my 12 pm hour: nap time for my littlest. No matter what else might have been happening that day, I put her down for a nap between 12 and 1. And part of our nap time routine, until quite recently, was nursing. So here I am, nursing my toddler, snuggling my sweet girl and relishing those quiet moments of peace with her. My nursing journeys with both of my girls have been such beautiful blessings and the end of that chapter in my life is bittersweet. I have to admit that I’m enjoying some more bodily autonomy now, but I will miss that feeling of being able to offer my body to my children for both nourishment and comfort. And with these thoughts I find myself in that very particular place in life of holding both the very happy and the very sad in my heart at once and for the very same reason.

I’m excited to be participating in the Around Our Clocks project this year with a group of wonderful photographers. Each month we’ll be making a commitment to get in the frame to document a specific hour of the day. We were there too and here’s what we were doing. To continue around the circle of blog posts for this month and see the next installment of our shared story head here.

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