Saturday, March 08, 2008

Late Night Burst of Joy

Like everyone else, the last thing I do before going to bed is check on my sleeping children.

I make sure they are covered up against the cold.

I admire the way their eyelashes rest on their lovely, little faces.

I listen to their sleepy breathing.

I plant the day's last kiss.

The Rooster takes after me in that, though she's quite soundly asleep, she'll sometimes respond to my presence by talking.

Last night, as I nuzzled my face in her warm, sweet neck and kissed her blushed cheek, she stirred, sighed, smiled and mumbled,

"So happy."



46 comments:

Dory said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

slouching mom said...

That is priceless.

It's so funny that you wrote about this, because just the other night I came downstairs to tell my husband that one thing I love so much about Jack is when you kiss him -- even if he's fast asleep -- he always, always smiles.

Shirley said...

Such wonderful things to think about. Experience all the loving moments while you can. Mine are gone from my nest and their respective spouses probably wouldn't appreciate me coming in to kiss my children goodnight.

I do get to do this with my grandchildren any time they spend the night.

flutter said...

oooof, my heart!

Jerseygirl89 said...

That is beautiful!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Sweet, sweet. I love to look in on my girls after they've fallen asleep.

Rosie said...

Oh that's just perfect!
I do the same with my 4 year old but she usually just snorts. She snores a but too and I have to admit I adore hearing her snoring away through the night.
That may change as she gets older ofcourse!

Catizhere said...

wait. Let me just mop up this puddle that used to be my heart......


There. AAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW, that is so sweet!

Paige said...

What an idyllic little anecdote.

Very sweet.

blue milk said...

Oh. Oh. Oh.

yummysushipajamas said...

I love this so much. I cannot wait to have something like this for my very own...

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

That makes up for a lot of the whining, doesn't it?

Stimey said...

That is honestly the best thing to hear from a child.

Karen MEG said...

How sweet is that! I love watching my children sleep too.

canwekickthebarhere said...

I am soaked in little girl love this weekend with my niece - this really resonated...

Mamma said...

Talk about a moment to make your heart burst with joy!!

Sayre said...

So sweet. I love sleeping children.

Lotta said...

That's awesome. I do the same thing and marvel that my husband can go to sleep without checking on them.

Mel said...

Man. You made me get all sappy and teary-eyed.

Beautiful.

If I did that Perfect Post thingie, this would be my March pick for sure.

crazymumma said...

that kind of validation is the bestest.

Lisa said...

Awww. I love this blog.

Elaine A. said...

OMG! Thatis SO SWEET! Did you just melt right then and there??

jakelliesmom said...

Lovely.

uurchin said...

be still my heart. how lovely

Angela said...

And that feeling will be one she remembers and one that comforts her when she is 40 years old and her problems are looming large and she just *wants her mom.*

Jennifer said...

I have a feeling that you really needed that little burst of JOY.
Thanks for sharing that with us.

kittenpie said...

Okay, am I truly the only parent in the world who doesn't do this? I just have some superstitious fear that I will wake her and she will NEVER, EVER go back to sleep. Instead, I lock the gate at the top of the stairs in case she wakes.

Magpie said...

I love that. So sweet.

Heather said...

How sweet is that?! Thanks for sharing!

~Heather

Janet said...

So delicious.

Jennifer said...

Ahhh. Gorgeous.

deb said...

I have always liked my kids best when they are sleeping. Sigh.

Sara Mu said...

The thought of all this makes my clock tick.

carrie said...

That is so very sweet.

Jada's Mommy said...

That was a priceless moment. That's for sharing it with us.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Lovely. Thank you for sharing this.

Jenifer said...

Melting....

Sometimes Rosebud will suddenly say something and it is usually really random and ALWAYS scares the crap out of me!

allrileyedup said...

Oh so sweet. Much better than my friend, who walked in to check on her daughter in the middle of the night and her daughter mumbled in her sleep, "No, Mommy, no!"

K said...

So cute!

I do the same exact thing.

Except that mostly, I get grunts in response...

notfearingchange said...

lol...she's so darn cute.

Deb said...

Oh, be still my heart.

Circus Kelli said...

Very cool.

Karen Forest said...

so sweet!

LceeL said...

Sweet. Very sweet.

GRAY MATTER MATTERS said...

Oh God, that is so sweet. I love it!
By the way, the last thing I do before I go to sleep is thank the makers of Ambien.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Miss M is a little like that in that she gives me the biggest, sweetest smile as I whisper night night. It is just the best isn't it? Sighhh.