Bedtime is my favorite time of the day with my daughter. It is not because I get to relax and have time to myself once she goes to sleep. In fact, I often miss her as soon as she is tucked in and look forward to the next day we get to spend together. It is the actual bedtime routine that I love.
I love how easily she runs to her room and climbs into her bed. I put on her music and night light, and then cram myself into the toddler bed next to her. All of my senses are engaged at bedtime. She smells all baby clean from her bath, feels all warm and snuggly in her footsie pj’s, looks so sweet with her little eyelids drooping, she says the sweetest and funniest things, and she kisses me goodnight,her lips tasting of bubble gum flavored toothpaste.
We snuggle close and I always ask her what her favorite part of the day was. If she is still awake enough, this question usually elicits some heart-melting response such as, “calling Mana” or “blocks with Daddy.” If she is really tired, she will answer simply by nuzzling her sweet little head into my chest. I always rub her forehead and run my fingers through her soft curls at night. She relaxes, and finally, ready to sleep, whispers “goodnight.” I tell her I love her and she says she “wuffs” me, too.
As I exit the room, I always turn back and take one last look at my precious little girl. If she is not already asleep she will smile and blow me a kiss. And then I leave the room, feeling full of love for my daughter, and content that she is comfortably dreaming about happy things.