Do you know how many times we check on you after you fall asleep at night?
We carefully tip-toe into your bedroom, breathe in your scent, make sure you are tucked in and that the temperature is just right.
We reposition and adjust your small body and limbs for your maximum comfort and safety.
We locate your lovey and place it gently in your arms, where it can easily be found if needed.
We tenderly reassure you, “Mommy and Daddy love you so much” and give you kisses.
We put toys and books back in their places and pick up little socks from the floor.
We make silent wishes that your sleep is sound and your dreams are sweet.
Between the time when you go to bed and we go to bed, there are at least three visits. Maybe more. Sometimes you stir, but usually not. Sometimes there are complete, yet sleepy incoherent conversations.
No matter how trying the day was, or what struggles we endured during dinner and bath time, your peaceful face is the last thing we long to see each night before we close our own eyes.
We quietly leave your room knowing how blessed we are and gladly leave another piece of our hearts warm and safe with you.
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry and I will sing a lullaby.