Can I make a confession?
We lie down with our kids before they fall asleep. Until they fall asleep.
I know, I know, we are supposed to let them fall asleep on their own. They won’t grow up to be normal human beings…yada yada yada.
Let me tell you why we do it. They ask us to.
When the day was yucky, busy, or harried, they ask us to. After they’ve been having a hard time listening, I’ve said things I’d like to take back, or I’ve been too busy to play, they ask me to. When Ty’s been at work working hard all day, they ask him to. What grace!
At the end of the day, it is sometimes the nicest time we’ve had all day.
For the most part, the bedtime routine is Ty’s responsibility, and has been since Noah was a baby. It is a great time for me to stop at the end of the day and relax. It’s been so helpful to me, and has been such a blessing. But many times, one of them will ask if I will lie down with them, and it’s hard to resist.
We love praying with them, reading their favorite Bible stories and favorite books, and snuggling with them while they fall asleep. They tell us what is in their hearts, what they are sad about, what they’re excited about.
I know that these moments will get more and more important as they grow up. They will be very instrumental in raising Spartans.
It’s so sweet to watch them drift off to sleep and hear their breaths hit a steady rhythm. There’s something comforting about knowing that we made it through another day and that tomorrow is new. We can start again with new kindness, new patience, and new adventures. And no matter what, we will end it together again the next day.
I know that someday they may not want us to lie with them anymore, and that is a day I will mourn. I will mourn for the loss of this tender time we spend together. Too often I can’t wait for the end of the day, and it’ll be sad when the end of that day won’t end with us snuggling together, spending at least one special moment together.
So that’s my confession. We lie with our kids until they fall asleep. And we wouldn’t change it for anything.
Sometimes Ty forgets to get up when the kids fall asleep and this is how I find all three of them. 🙂
When are your most special moments? Are you an early morning family that wakes up and snuggles together instead? Do you just throw future sleeping habits to the wind and snuggle in bed with your little ones like we do?