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Words #11

on Thursday, 16 January 2014.

Let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains

There is something so beautiful to me about watching my babies sleeping.  

At the end of a busy or hectic day, there is nothing more I love than the enchanting sleepytime rituals that we share.  It is my favourite part of the day by far, not least because they are going to bed and I get some time to myself.

It's the way they chatter and giggle in the bath, LL splashing her little hands and letting out squeals of delight.

It's the way they feel so small when they are wrapped up in their big fluffy towels, and we sit them on our laps and rub them dry, cuddling them close.

It's the way that Mads jumps on the bed without any clothes, completely free of inhibitions and as innocent as they come.

It's the way we all snuggle together side by side and read a story, Mads playing with Daddys ear and LL nuzzling into me while feeding. 

It's the way they smell.  Of freshly washed hair, fruity shampoo, and clean cotton PJ's.  Probably one of my favourite smells.

For some reason they feel smaller at night.  Calm descends after a busy and hectic day full of errands, playing, learning and growing.  The tantrums are forgotten, the stresses are put to one side.  I savour these moments and relish them, all too aware that one day we won't all snuggle in our bed together.  That bedtime stories will be a thing of the past, and I won't get to feel the warmth of these little bodies next to me. 

And then it's always 'a kiss like in the films' from Mads, where we do a big comedy smooch.  There's a last grin from LL before she snuggles her face into her sheep and heads off to the land of nod.  There's the every night ritual of pretending to be something as we take Mads to her room and tuck her into her bed.  It changes every night, Daddy could be a lion, a polar bear or Woody from Toy Story, Mummy could be an alien, a baby or a snake, Mads a telephone, a monster or a sheep.  

It's those silly little rituals that make us us.

And then the doors get pulled close, we go downstairs, and breathe a little sigh of relief and contentment.  They are asleep, and we have a little bit of time to relax before it all starts again the next morning.

But not before we check on our sleeping babies.  LL curled up in funny positions, her little feet hidden by her sleeping bag and her little chest rising and falling.  The way her exceptionally long eyelashes flicker as she dreams.  Then there's Mads, her wild curls splayed out around her, cuddling Pongo and surrounded by her 'friends' who have to be there without fail.  There's blue dinosaur, Friend, pink rabbit and Rosie to name just a few.  

And for a few brief moments as I kiss my little girls goodnight, I experience a wild surge of love and feel like I almost want to wake them up and give them a cuddle, although I never do. (I'm not that crazy.)  

Somehow in those few seconds of sleeping slumber the world just feels right.

 

*****

Last year I started a little ongoing series called 'Words' - my favourite quotes on my favourite photos.  You can check out the rest of my photos and posts here.

 

Comments (42)

  • lucy at dear beautiful

    lucy at dear beautiful

    16 January 2014 at 09:07 |
    Love the photo, and the quote. Our bedtime routine is my favourite part of the day too, the way it goes from wild excitement at bath time, so lingering cuddles and quiet stories right before sleep time. It's a little treat to end the day on. x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:03 |
      It's such a lovely time of day isn't it? And the quote is one of my favourites, the photo is just from my iPhone but I think it might be one of my favourites too! x
  • Kerry Dyer

    Kerry Dyer

    16 January 2014 at 09:22 |
    Aw lovely post! I always feel so much love for Sienna when I check on her before we go to bed. I can' stop smiling knowing that she is mine :) x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:11 |
      Definitely, it's so lovely watching them sleep. x
  • Harriet

    Harriet

    16 January 2014 at 09:44 |
    So lovely. I always check on Ava and love watching her peaceful little face. I always have to stroke her hair or soft little hand though and freeze when she stirs!xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:12 |
      Haha yes I have been known to hide in the corner of the room before when they have stirred and sat up! x
  • Claire

    Claire

    16 January 2014 at 09:52 |
    I love this Katie... It's all so TRUE! Lovely to have bedtime routines and traditions. I often think, of all the grand adventures our children might remember about their childhood, it's the quirks of normality, the unique family times that will really stick with them.xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:14 |
      Definitely! x
  • LauraCYMFT

    LauraCYMFT

    16 January 2014 at 09:58 |
    Awww I love those words. It's great when they're sleeping. They look like angels, so peaceful. Even now, at 6 and 4, I still want to wake mine up for a cuddle but I never, ever do it LOL x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:21 |
      Thanks Laura, and yes we all want to but we would never be crazy enough to actually do it. ;) x
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    16 January 2014 at 12:19 |
    As naughty as it is, I love those moments when Little Z declares he is sleeping in our bed and crawls in between us and we all snuggle up together and then eventually he stops resisting and falls asleep. and we're always tempted to keep him there as he looks so so peaceful :) Lovely photo of LL there!
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:23 |
      Definitely, it is wonderful isn't it? Sometimes I shouldn't worry about breaking her routine and just enjoy the snuggles! x
  • Alex

    Alex

    16 January 2014 at 14:06 |
    Aww this is such a lovely post. Nearly brought tears to my eyes. Family is the best! :) x


    Alex
    http://www.bump-to-baby.com
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:25 |
      Thanks Alex! x
  • Hurrah For Gin

    Hurrah For Gin

    16 January 2014 at 15:34 |
    Yep i like them when they are asleep too - much less annoying! lol
    F also has 'friends' in bed. Usually about 20 and he is often buried under a pile when i check on him!
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:26 |
      Haha definitely, when they are asleep you wonder why you were almost pulling your hair out during the day. ;)
  • Carin

    Carin

    16 January 2014 at 17:53 |
    Oh what a wonderful post! I've been thinking about doing a post on our bedtime routines soon too, because they are some of my favourite daily moments.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:28 |
      Thank you Carin, I will look forward to reading your post! x
  • Claire @ Great British Family Blog

    Claire @ Great British Family Blog

    16 January 2014 at 18:56 |
    What a lovely post. So beautifully pt and a gorgeous photo of LL too.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:30 |
      Thanks Claire! x
  • Ritz

    Ritz

    16 January 2014 at 20:17 |
    This is beautiful! I just put my little one to bed and after a very long hectic day, it did take sigh of relief! I agree its the beautiful moments when they are all snuggled up and feel so small after long hectic day xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:31 |
      Thank you! x
  • capture by Lucy

    capture by Lucy

    16 January 2014 at 22:26 |
    Ummm broody! How blooming cute is your girl?! xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:34 |
      Haha thanks Luce! x
  • Mammasaurus

    Mammasaurus

    17 January 2014 at 00:02 |
    I'm with Lucy - broody central now!
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:35 |
      Haha sorry, she does poo and cry occasionally too. ;)
  • Melissa

    Melissa

    17 January 2014 at 13:53 |
    To beautiful!!! I REALLY enjoyed reading this post as i can relate to all of it. Thank you for sharing.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:36 |
      Thanks so much Melissa! x
  • Nell@PigeonPairandMe

    Nell@PigeonPairandMe

    17 January 2014 at 14:54 |
    You're right - they DO look smaller when they're asleep. And younger...more innocent....
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:37 |
      They really do! x
  • Kara

    Kara

    17 January 2014 at 20:58 |
    Beautiful post (as always) I know what you mean in this post, I love how Mads has her friends, so does Addison, there is little space for her in her bed xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:43 |
      It is very cute we have to choose one each night to be the main cuddled one! x
  • Carie

    Carie

    17 January 2014 at 22:12 |
    Oh they are lovely words, both the quote and yours! I think bedtime is the time when we all reconnect, and I love it - and not just because it means the first chance of a bit of time to myself!
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:39 |
      Thank you Carie! x
  • Seychellesmama

    Seychellesmama

    19 January 2014 at 09:12 |
    LOVE this!! Your posts about your girls never fail to make me a bit emotional, but in a good way!!! X
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:42 |
      Thank you! x
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie

    20 January 2014 at 01:23 |
    Love that quote and photo! LL looks so peaceful! That last hour of the day before bedtime is my favorite part of the day too.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:44 |
      Thanks Stephanie! x
  • rebecca@hopesheritage

    rebecca@hopesheritage

    20 January 2014 at 15:06 |
    love these posts the quotes are all so lovely
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      20 January 2014 at 15:45 |
      Thanks Rebecca, I think they are one of my favourite kind of posts to write as I just love quotes! x
  • Charlotte

    Charlotte

    21 January 2014 at 11:04 |
    This is so lovely and that photo is gorgeous! x x
  • Richmond Mummy

    Richmond Mummy

    01 February 2014 at 23:55 |
    Such a beautiful post and so very true, you've totally captured what I love about watching my girls when they are sleeping too. And that photo of LL is stunning xx

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