Bedtime Escapes

Remember this moment: An almost nightly occurrence right now, you escape your room and come see us a couple times before you finally fall asleep. Really, it's quite adorable and I know we're probably failing in the eyes of some parenting book out there by not disciplining you more for it. You come in to our bedroom where we're usually watching one last episode of whatever is on HGTV or Master Chef and say "Hi!" so nonchalantly, it's impossible to be mad. Then you climb into our bed and as I tell you it's time to go back to your bed you simply state, "no, I watchin the show." Once I convince you to come back to your bed with me, usually by telling you I'll turn your "Scout Mikskit" (Scout bedtime music) on again, you find every excuse to keep me there. "I need my water. I need my Lightning McQueen. I need my blue blankie." All of which are normally already in bed with you.

Last night was a bit different. Daddy was tired, so he fell asleep early, and I worked on my computer quietly in the dark. The only light coming from my computer screen. Then I heard your little footsteps coming through the kitchen to the office. In your arms you carried all your favorite toys of the week: three bath toy trains, Mater, Lightning McQueen, your blue blankie, and water. Then you looked up at me and said, "Mama, I wanna cuddle."

I'm a worrier, so I have inevitably been worrying about how bedtime with you will go once your Baby Brother is here. Will you require me to read your bedtime books like you do now? Will you come into our room repeatedly after we lay you down and wake up the baby?

I have no idea what will happen, so I try remind myself I'll deal with it when it happens. But for now, I find your bedtime escapes the most adorable thing of all time. Especially when you tell me you want to cuddle with me.

*once again, so grateful for my iPhone - even if it doesn't produce the best quality photos*

Reading Corner

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Remember this moment: "Read some books, dada?" Ephram said as he ran into his newly painted bedroom.* This shocked Beau and I quite a bit. Not because he wanted to read, but because he wanted Beau to read to him. Not me. I even hesitated to capture this adorable sight because I was nervous it would distract Ephram and make him realize I was available to read books. I guess you could say he's a mama's boy most of the time, because at bedtime, he insists that I read him his books. It is unacceptable for Beau to do it, unless I'm not home. So they read. And read and read. Ephram, relaxing in his tiny Ikea chair (I love miniature furniture!), Blue Blankie in lap, in his newly set up reading corner. Beau, quite pleased to be the one requested for story time. And me, admiring my sweet boys reading together on a Sunday afternoon.

*Ephram's room isn't quite complete, but painting the walls was a huge step since it required one day of no nap (er... quiet time). Once I get a few more items hung on the walls, I'll share photos.

**Anyone have a toddler go through a book ripping phase? That's the reason there are no books on his bottom book shelf. And he loves books! So it's not like he's purposely destroying them because he hates them. I don't get it.

Discovering

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Remember this moment: I wasn't even paying attention. You had woken up a little earlier than normal and I was attempting to finish up a couple projects on my computer before I walked away for the morning to make breakfast and play with you. Luckily, you happily came into the office with me and worked on your puzzles (you've become such a pro at them - I love it). Just as I was about to get up from my desk, you turned to me with the biggest smile. "Eph-wum!" you said as you pointed to your shadow on the wall. Seeing your reflection is so much fun for you these days, but you had never seen your own shadow. This was different. I watched you walk slowly along the wall, carefully watching what your shadow would do. Then you hid behind the corner and peeked around to see if your shadow was still there. It was straight out of an adorable Disney movie or something, I swear.

I love watching you discover new things, buddy.