Monday, May 23, 2011

How to purchase a rocking chair

Every child's room needs to have a rocking chair.

I'm not talking about a fancy glider that costs hundreds of dollar. But a big, comfy rocker. Samuel's room has a nice La-Z-Boy rocker/recliner. It's one of the best purchases we've ever made.

Lauren's rocker is from my parent's neighbors. It's an old-style glider, but it's oversized and incredibly comfortable. Someday I'd like to recover it, but for now the navy blue 1980s pattern works just fine.

Our babies are little for a very short time. They are toddlers for longer. I recommend a large comfy rocker that you can spend hours in - because you will!

Know doubt, you'll:
  • rock your son while he pukes over and over and over again
  • rock your daughter when she has a cold and can't hardly breath through her nostrils
  • snuggle and read books and be covered in pillow and blankets while doing all of that
  • sing for hours upon hours holding your precious gifts from God in your arms

I had no idea the amount of time I would spend reading books and rocking while singing. I imagined the rocking and singing would happen a lot the first year. Which it did. But it hasn't stopped. Just last night Samuel had a hard time going to sleep and I rocked him. Teddy and blue satin blanket in hand. Clear instructions on where to place the satin blanket offered by my 2 1/2 year old son. Direction on which songs to sing also given.

Lauren loves when I rock her and sing a song or two before I put her in her crib. She is also particular about which songs I sing. Lately "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" has been the favorite.

I believe the time spent in the rocking chair has strengthened my relationship with my children. I believe comfort has been offered. I believe hymns have been memorized. Samuel now sings the words to Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing along with me. And every time I hear his sweet voice singing tune my heart to sing thy grace, my heart nearly stops because of the joy I feel.

Friends, new parents, parents-to-be, grandparents: when shopping, researching, looking for a rocker....look beyond the brand name, the color, the reviews or how it matches the decor in the nursery. Instead sit down, borrow a toddler to hold in your arms (preferably one you know or are related to) and grab a book. Read for a few minutes while rocking and make sure you have plenty of room to wiggle and giggle and snuggle together.

Rest your head against the back of the chair and make sure you can doze off comfortably. Because you will want to doze at 2 a.m. when your up for the fifth time in a night for no apparent reason. Then turn the borrowed toddler around and hold them in your arms while quietly singing words of praise and truth into their ear.

Rock quickly. Rock slowly. Hold. Sing. Read. Tickle. Snuggle.

That's how you purchase a rocker for your child's room.

1 comment:

Stacey said...

Love this post! So sweet and so true. I treasure the time that I spend rocking my little one and am honored to have the chance to do it.