My Favorite Things

Posted on | November 20, 2012 | 4 Comments

Although I “rationally” know that I should be encouraging my child to transition into his own bed, tucking him in and slipping out through the cracked door to allow both of us sound sleeping in separate beds… I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it.  Because right now, bedtime is the one time when my crazy, hectic, very three, spastic bull of a child tucks his head into the crook of my neck and allows me to just lay there and bury my thoughts in his curly hair.

It is my favorite time of the day, the moments when he stands at the side of my bed and asks for a “leg up” even though he can totally do it by himself.  He burrows into the blankets of the bed, giggling and pulling the comforter up high over his head.

“Come into the tent,” he giggles, motioning for me to join him.  And if it’s not too late, I do, scrunching down knees over ankles until my face is pressed close to his and we’re both grinning.

“It’s so very dark in here,” his voice wiggles through the air, excited and tired, and I can do nothing but smile as he tells me a story… maybe about a brave knight, maybe about a dragon, maybe about a silly prince or monster fighter… but always, always, always with a mommy who helps make it all better in the end. I hope his stories will always be full of exciting deeds and brave heroics… and maybe with a touch of love, be it mine or someone else’s.  When the stories are finished, we pull back the covers and let our heads fall against the pillows.  Though we start one on each, he tosses and turns his way onto my pillow, feet tucked into my side and fingers wrapped around my arms.

Just after I switch off the lamp and just before he falls to sleep, he pops out his pacifier, eyes closed and whispers “I love you momma.”

And he waits, knowing that in the same semi-shared breath I will always be there to whisper back:

“I love you, too, baby boy.”


4 Responses to “My Favorite Things”

  1. Melissa Champion Hurst
    November 20th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    I love this! I’ve been thinking I should feel more conflicted about allowing our once crib-happy twins to slide into bed with us as often as they do. The thing is, I don’t feel torn at all. I love every minute of it!

  2. Jenna
    November 20th, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    I love co-sleeping too. Always have and cherish now, knowing that it will come to an end one day soon. What I particularly love is that when I sleep into bed many hours later (yay divorce-related insomnia) my little one knows instinctively and, sound asleep, rolls over and into an all-embracing cuddle.

  3. bookworm81
    November 20th, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Plenty of people co-sleep/bedshare well past the age of 3. Obviously he’s capable of sleeping without you since he sleeps at his dad’s sometimes (right?) so I wouldn’t waste one moment worrying about it.

  4. Mums make lists
    March 30th, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    Lovely post!

    Would love for you to link it up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive – there is a focus this week on sleep and bedtime – would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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