I know….it’s been a LONG time since I blogged twice in one day!!! But this was just so blog-worthy, at least for me!
I rarely got good quality bedtime time with Ryley and Grace when they were babies, especially after Grace arrived on the scene. Before that, Ryley got 30-45 minutes a night, one on one with me. But life changes. I have missed that. For about a year now, Ethan has been my kid to put to bed, while Michael takes most of the job with Ryley and Grace. I really treasure this time. It’s just so precious. We have a system down: jammies on, teeth brushed, night-nights to siblings and Daddy, then upstairs to his room, where we read a few books, snuggle a little bit, I turn on his aquarium and we rock through the first round of the song, then I lay him down, cover him up, turn off the light and close the door. He goes to bed so easily most of the time.
Ethan talks, so much. He repeats EVERYTHING you say, picking up quickly on words. I was reading one of our favorite books, Counting Kisses. Usually, I do the kisses just where the book does (ten kisses on toes, nine kisses on feet, etc). Tonight, I was asking him where his body parts were that were being kissed in the book. We got to nose, and when he touched his nose, I “honk-honked”……giggles….hysterical giggles….And he kept doing it over and over. Honk-honk….giggle, giggle….honk-honk…..giggle, giggle…..Finally he says “dat bunnee Momma”….translation: that’s funny, Momma. My heart just melted.
At the end of the book, he leaned his head in to get his customary kiss on the head. We walked to his bed, turned on the aquarium….”wader Momma?” “Yes, Ethan, it’s in your bed” “ta-tu Momma” “You’re welcome baby” “ni-night Momma” “night-night baby….I love you” “yuv you Momma”….I turned out the light, and closed the door.