The evening started out so well. Spirits were high as we pulled away from day care and prepared for a girls' night at home. Dinner went smoothly, slightly rigged by serving pizza and strawberries. Outside time was cut short after a monster spider took over the swing set. Without my husband to wrangle it, Bean and I readily surrendered and backed away slowly with Inchie in my arms. Several fits and timeouts later everyone was bathed and in bed. I was dreaming of spending a few sweet hours in my basement, dealing with Project Office, catching up on my reading, watching re-runs of Buffy in the background.
Bean had other plans.
7:50pm "Mommy I need to go potty."
7:55pm "I like your book."
8:03pm "A mosquito bit my cheek."
8:04pm "My hand hurts."
8:10pm "Whatcha reading?"
8:11pm "I need a drink of water."
8:12pm "I need a drink of water because my cheek hurts."
8:13pm "I need a drink of water because my hand hurts."
*fake coughing fit heard in the distance*
8:14pm "I need a drink of water because I am coughing." *cough* *cough*
8:20pm "I have a book."
8:23pm "Mommy, may I read with you?"
8:25pm "I really need a sip of water."
8:30pm "Just one sip, Mommy."
8:47pm "I WANT DADDY!"
8:56pm drags pillow into the living room and lays down on the floor
8:58pm drags blanket into the living room and lays down on the floor
9pm "Hehee." and runs back to bed
9:10pm "Mommy, your book is pretty."
9:13pm "I still a sip of water."
9:27pm quietly sits in rocking chair and stars at me.
9:28pm runs back to room as my feet hit the ground.
Mommy lays down with Bean.
9:32pm Bean falls asleep.
And Mommy thanks God for giving her a moment with her 2 year old asleep in her arms.
I love cuddly sleeping babies. I don't have cuddly babies particularly when they are sleepy. Beyond the first two months, my kids have slept in their own beds each night and I've slept in mine. But tonight Bean fell asleep with her head on my shoulder and her hand stroking my fingers as she fell asleep. I laid there for 15 minutes loving the relaxed little girl snoring in my arms. Oh how I love that little girl.