“MOM!!!” She screamed at 3am. I was finally sleeping in my own bed after spending three nights in hers. Those three nights in hers meant very little sleep, so my sleep now was heavy and needed. Jed had to even nudge me “Trace – Astrid’s calling for you.” And this was the man that never heard any of our babies wake up once. Now me thinks he did…
I rushed to her side thinking the worst(puke all over her bed), but instead found a little blond imp sitting up and just smiling at me.
What is in love? Why did you yell for me? Are you okay?
“Yeah, I’m okay. I just wanted your company. I missed you when I woke up. I couldn’t touch you. So now I can touch you.”
I sat on her bed and she rubbed my knee and smiled.
Okay, I’ll just snuggle beside you for a few minutes until you fall back asleep.
“Thank you mama for giving me company.”
My intention was for her to close her eyes and drift back to sleep, and then I would go back to bed.
Her intention was to use my new ‘company’ in her bed for a little conversation. As it turns out when you spend 24/7 was a sick child for four days, they really get used to you being with you and doting on only them. And it’s not like when they are four you can leave them to their own devices for care.
Basically it’s a no win situation. And they know it.
“Mama, it’s a good thing you won’t have any more babies, right?
I guess so sweetie. But why do you think it’s a good thing? And we really need to get back to sleep.
“Well, it would just be so awkward for that new baby?”
Awkward? Awkward how?
“Well you know you could never love them as much as you love me, and you’d have to tell them that. And well..AWKWARD!”
Yeah, you’re right, that would be awkward for them. Good thing you’re the baby forever I guess, huh?
“Yeah, that was really good planning, Mama.”
She so knows her rightful place in this family and uses it daily to her advantage. Girlfriend gets me every single time.
I just hope she doesn’t need more ‘company’ tonight.