“You know when I’m with you, it makes my day!” Sounds like something from a movie doesn’t it? And it happened TO ME! Totally romantical. ❤️
Our bedtime routine has changed in the last 5 month. Our twins have always been great sleepers and nighttime was usually very painless. For nearly six years we sailed through bedtime routines like the little army we are. Rarely did we have tears, tantrums, or cause to hate on the kids. And then, the female twin decided…. to be a girl. 🤦🏼♀️ (No offense ladies, but let’s be honest, sometimes we struggle to keep our emotions in check).
Nighttime became dreaded. It was a time of fighting, tears, anger, confusion, hopeless feelings, and straight up exhaustion. For nearly six years our routine worked and when it was bedtime we would snuggle them in, do stories, read a devotional, pray, hug & kiss, and then mommy and daddy would leave their room. Sometimes they’d party for a while before falling asleep, and sometimes they’d go right to sleep. But about five months ago, the easy stopped.
Every night when I would leave, Piper would cry. Hysterically. Never really giving us any consistent reasons for why. We dealt with this issue for about a week trying to figure it out, but never finding a cause other than determining it’s just something she’s going through and the only solution I found was to lay with them until they’d go to sleep.
Easy enough, right? Sure…. except after laying when them, I was so tired that I was ready for bed. And it was about time for bed and the time I now spent laying with them I used to spend cleaning up the kitchen from the messes left from earlier. Or picking up the toys they left out, folding laundry, packing lunches, getting clothes ready for the next day, taking my shower, need I go on? I won’t lie to you all, I was slightly inconvenienced by this new bump in our routine for a day or so.
Then a few days into our “new” routine one of them said to me, “do you like laying with us, Mommy?” And all I could see was six years flash before my eyes. Six years of goodnight kisses and snuggles before bedtime. Six years of bedtime stories and prayers and easy bedtime routines. Six years of life with them, these little humans that are my little humans who just want ME. The best six years of my life, and there I was sandwiched between the two humans that had helped make those six years the BEST. “Yes,” I said, “Mommy loves every single second she has with you two, because the seconds fly by and I want to have as many seconds as I can right here with you.”
Tonight, while laying with Campbell he was rubbing my arm and he said, “You know when I’m with you it makes my day!” And he smiled up at me the sweetest most precious little boy smile I’ve ever seen.
The laundry can wait, the dishes will be there tomorrow, I can stay up later and pack lunches, none of my agenda is as important as the snuggles and the love I’m getting right now. I’m thankful for six easy years of nighttime routines, but I love having a little extra twin love each bedtime now even more. And that, is totally romantical. ❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day, friends.