Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lullaby & Goodnight

A new routine has snuck up on us over the past week. After bath, books, bottle and blankie, Olivia knows what comes next. She reluctantly lays her head on my shoulder and waits for me to carry her upstairs, saying "It's sleepy-bye nigh-nigh time." Then I lay her in her crib, tell her I love her, and tip-toe out.

But for the past week, she's made a tiny little protest when I step out. She does the same thing for Joel. Its as if she needs one more really good hug and snuggle before she calls it a day. So we pick her up, snuggle her close, and sing a little song.

My songs include "ABC's" (she loves it) and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (same melody as ABC's, therefore she loves it). Sometimes I pull out the songs my mom used to sing to me, and I find that my grown-up voice sounds much like hers did when she was my young mama and I was her young baby. Then my heart feels full, as I realize how much God has blessed me, when I look at my curly haired little toddler who wants to cuddle for "just five more minutes."

So last night, Joel took his turn to sing Olivia her bedtime encore. He's much more creative then me, and sometimes I hear him humming tunes by Radiohead and I am reminded once again that my husband is much cooler than I am. Last night, though, he was up there for more than five minutes and Olivia was still fussing a bit. I went up, took over, and he went downstairs. I sang "I love you, a bushel and a peck..." she said "gan" so I repeated it, and then it was lights out.

I went downstairs and Joel said "you win the prize for picking the right song" and I giggled and asked him what went wrong with his encore.

He continued to type at the computer, straight-faced and almost hurt: "She didn't like my version of God Bless America."

8 comments:

Emily. said...

Oh my, God Bless America is in my repertoire for the kids. LOL That's awesome.

anna said...

aaaaaahhhahaha!

Anonymous said...

Maybe it isn't that she didn't like it...she just might be a huge Radiohead fan and got cranky when Dad changed the station...

Dan said...

Speaking of new routines, I heard that you have a new routine, called step class with Hans and Franz and Callie. And I heard she kicked your butt, or so I have been told. Hang in there, you can do it!!!

Melody said...

Too funny!

Vintagebella ~ Andrea said...

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yogamama said...

so funny. you and joel are so wise to enjoy those 'cinderella moments'! reminds me to spend more "quality" time with my kids and how they love bedtime routines. that'd be much easier than all the creative reasons I've had to come up with as to why the tooth fairy hasn't visited yet (shhhh!!) ;-)

after our oldest was born, God gave me these simple little tunes that I sang to him (ehem...) during our 3-4am pacing time. lol. I 'recycled' the little songs for the subsequent siblings.

just today my youngest (who is now 7!) reminded me "I'm not a baby!" (I always affectionately call them 'sweet babe' or 'hey bebe' in only the kindest, loving way...). oh, fleeting moments!

Robin said...

that made me laugh out loud