The Things We Do

“Mommy, you will lay down wif me?”
“Yes, baby…I will lay down wif you.”

He places my arm in juuuust the right spot and settles in.
But as soon as he’s still, I feel his body tense ever-so-slightly.
And he turns to me, cups my face in his hands
And says “I luf you, Mommy”
And kisses me quickly.

I close my eyes and pretend to sleep, hoping he’ll follow my lead.
And as I slowly crack my one eye open,
I see him staring at me.
He catches me breaking the rules
And we both giggle.

I pull him in closer and close my eyes for real.
He closes his and almost immediately, his breath falls into the rhythmic pattern of sleep.
(How do people do that?)

My arm numb and fingers tingly,
my heart can’t convince my mind to move.
(And I am oh-so-glad.)

All the stuff to do isn’t nearly as important as the thing I’m doing.

Heather of the EO invited us to Just Write with her.
Don’t you want to join us?

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9 Responses to The Things We Do
  1. Heather of the EO
    October 18, 2011 | 8:34 am

    This moment is just perfect!

  2. Kathleen Basi
    October 18, 2011 | 8:41 am

    I used to do this to get my first to go to sleep…and as a bonus, I always dozed off myself. 🙂 Seems like there’s never time for those moments anymore!

  3. CJ
    October 18, 2011 | 11:01 am

    Cherish it now. The dishes can wait. The laundry can wait. Babies don’t wait…they just grow!

  4. Jil
    October 18, 2011 | 11:34 am

    Beautiful, simply beautiful!!

  5. Robin ~ PENSIEVE
    October 18, 2011 | 11:37 am

    Ooooo, THIS I loved!! You captured the moment perfectly…and reminded me of my own like moments, too long ago. Thank you for bringing a smile this morning…and precious memory.


  6. Tricia
    October 18, 2011 | 2:38 pm

    Such a sweet moment! These are the ones we remember (we forget, much sooner, whether or not we did all the stuff we needed to do). A good reminder to let our hearts overrule our brains sometimes!

    And I also have no idea how people fall asleep immediately!

  7. Ordinary Sarah
    October 18, 2011 | 9:32 pm

    You said it. Nothing else is as important as cherishing them. I love napping with my little ones!

  8. punkinmama
    October 19, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    I <3 this.

  9. Krishann
    October 19, 2011 | 8:42 pm

    This made my heart smile. Such a special moment.