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There is a moment in the day...

on Thursday, 31 May 2012.

There is a part of each day that is one of my favourites.

The day is almost over, Mads always has a bath and we get her up and scoop her into her monster towel with a hood and lay her on our bed.  

She is all damp, and she wriggles around on the bed trying to escape as she doesn't want to put her nappy or pj's on. She squirms from our grasp, and normally jumps up and down on the bed, giggling and smiling.  I don't know what it is but jumping on the bed is so much fun.

She is so innocent, totally unaware of the fact she has her little bare bum on display- she is not at an age where she is embarrased to have no clothes on.  I want her to stay that way forever- totally comfortable and free from teenage awkwardness.

Eventually we get her jammies on, and then we try and attempt to brush her teeth.  Her little eyes light up when she sees her toothbrush and she exclaims 'teeth, teeth'.  Toothbrushes are also so much fun.

She then clambers on to either mine or Daddy's lap and all of a sudden it is like a switch goes off in her head.  Time to wind down.  The day is over.  She becomes so cuddly.  

And then we read a story.  Usually while she is still brushing her teeth.  I love reading to her.  But I love hearing my husband read to her even more.  She has so many books already and each one is so incredibly exciting to her- she turns the pages, touches them and tries to copy what we say.  

I have such fond memories of both my Mum and my Dad reading to me as a child.  With a glass of milk and my Dad's comforting voice lulling me in to the land of sleep.  

Reading to Mads is such a privilege.  She sits there on my lap, and is so close that I can smell her freshly washed hair.  Her hair is still damp and I rest my chin on her head- breathing in every inch of her.  I wrap my arms around her and I can feel her little heart beating against me. 

My baby.  

Those moments when I read her a story are just so wonderful.

And then just like that, the story is over and we reach for our milk.  She lays down in my arms and we snuggle and she drinks it herself with sometimes a helping hand from us.  Once she is done, we carry her, like a baby, into her room.

Place her in her cot, put 'Friend' into her arms, and say 'Night Night.'  'See you in the morning.'

And off my little girl goes into the land of nod.

After a long or tiring day, I always look forward to that five minutes when she lays in either mine or Mr E's lap and we read a story together.  It is a pleasure to be able to fill her head full of imagination and make believe- a world where cows talk and run in the meadow, Peppa Pig washes the car with her daddy or where kittens wear crowns.  A world of fun, fantasy and love.

Where life is perfect and there is not a care in the world.

 And for those few moments every evening, that is exactly what it is.

 

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Comments (24)

  • Nieve

    Nieve

    31 May 2012 at 16:33 |
    This is a beautiful post. I love reading to my daughter too. X
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 June 2012 at 21:50 |
      Thank you :)
  • Vikki @ Love From Mummy

    Vikki @ Love From Mummy

    31 May 2012 at 18:48 |
    That is so beautiful, i can't wait to experience this moment with Riley :) My favourite time of day at the moment has to be the mornings, nothing beats going to get him out the cot and being greeted by smiles and gurgles! xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:02 |
      That is also a lovely moment hun, Mr E's favourite moment is getting her out the cot in the mornings. x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    31 May 2012 at 18:52 |
    This is a lovely post and I agree, I love it when R snuggles up in the evening. It is nice to have a cuddle.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:02 |
      It certainly is. x
  • Lucy at Dear Beautiful Boy

    Lucy at Dear Beautiful Boy

    31 May 2012 at 19:27 |
    I've always enjoyed reading with my little guy, and he absolutely loves a cuddle and a book. I have read to him ever since he was old enough to focus and just lately he's started asking for "book" which absolutely warms my heart. Any excuse to enjoy a book and some snuggles. X
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:38 |
      It is so cute isn' it? I love reading to her so much. x
  • Andy

    Andy

    31 May 2012 at 20:34 |
    I wish Orla liked the toothbrush. We get 101 excuses. Still, getting home in time for bed time stories is wonderful. It's easy to forget we are only privileged with about 8 years of story time (I'm guessing) and that missing tonight's can be made up tomorrow.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:40 |
      I think your right, we don't want to miss too many though! x
  • Family Four Fun

    Family Four Fun

    31 May 2012 at 21:43 |
    Such a beautiful idea and what a good idea to read toddler's story whilst brushing teeth - why hadn't I thought of that? x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:41 |
      I know it distracts her for a while! x
  • Multiple Mummy

    Multiple Mummy

    01 June 2012 at 08:58 |
    My favourite time of day too! My three love brushing their teeth too. The wind down to bed is such a special time. xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:42 |
      It is, especially when they go all snuggly and quiet! ;) x
  • amummysview

    amummysview

    02 June 2012 at 14:06 |
    aww what a lovely post. Nothing better than the bedtime book and cuddle x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:42 |
      Thanks hun. xx
  • Mum2BabyInsomniac

    Mum2BabyInsomniac

    03 June 2012 at 22:02 |
    Ahhh I love that you all enjoy it so much, I have to admit that I am usually so tired by Iyla's bedtime and tend to rush through stories without really enjoying them that much especially now I have to do it every single night for the next few months! I will make more of an effort from now on though as I know I will look back and miss it so much when she is older xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:44 |
      I love reading and I think thats why I love doing it to her so much too.
      x
  • Kelly-Marie

    Kelly-Marie

    04 June 2012 at 19:32 |
    Great post hun and I love Mads reading so cute . . We love reading together and Josh has even started grabbing a book and sitting on my lap to get me to read it's so cute, also he has one that has doggy noises and he says dog dog and points when he wants that one :)
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:45 |
      That is adorable, they are so lovely when they start to get more interactive aren't they? x
  • The Mummy Adventure

    The Mummy Adventure

    04 June 2012 at 22:33 |
    My favourite moment is after we have got Dylan dressed and ready for bed. After we have brushed his teeth. It is the walk up to his room. The moment I put my foot on the first stair, his thumb goes in his mouth and he snuggles right into me. I can't wait to add a bedtime story but at the moment we have morning stories as they get him a little too excited! lovely post x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:45 |
      That is adorable, it is so lovely when they are all snuggly isn't it? x
  • Jelly Babies

    Jelly Babies

    05 June 2012 at 09:21 |
    Such a lovely post :)
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 June 2012 at 11:46 |
      Thank you :) x

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