Last night, R’s bedtime routine went something like this:
- I carried her upstairs and stuck her in the bathtub where I endured 20 minutes of splashing and intentional face plants into the bathwater,
- losing in the process about 10 years off my life and gaining at least 3 new gray hairs;
- managed to wrangle her slippery, squirmy, chubby body out of the bath and into a cozy towel,
- where she proceeded to pee;
- put her back in the tub for a quick wash down;
- diapered her and pajamaed her;
- settled into the comfy rocking chair in the stillness of the dim nursery,
- where I was serenaded by the 20-month-old version of Holy Holy Holy while gazing into her blue eyes;
- cradled her precious baby face close to my heart while the lower half of her body wriggled and thrashed about,
- until I got a foot in my eye;
- had my earring
ripped out of my earlobetugged mercilessly by inquisitive fingers;
- let her purposefully wipe her snotty nose on my favorite sweatshirt;
- finally gave up on the rocking chair and got up to pace approximately 2 miles in her 10′ X 12′ bedroom until my arms were numb and she finally succumbed to sleep;
- sat back down in the rocker with my sleeping baby and nestled my face into her soft, squishy baby cheek;
- inhaled the sweet, clean scent of Johnson’s Baby Bath and nuzzled her silky fine baby hair;
- finally lay her, sleeping soundly, in her familiar crib;
- stood over her to admire her perfection before tip-toeing out into the hall and gently closing the door.
And I wouldn’t trade a second of it for the world. Not even the boogies on my sweatshirt.
6 thoughts on “Ain’t Motherhood Grand?”
HA!!!! I hear ya…I so hear ya. God’s a funny guy…you know He was chuckling while watching you two.
That definitely reminds me of what Jake was like at that age. Even now, he’ll be such a stinker one minute and the next he’ll be singing Chris Tomlin songs to me. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, either!
those moments make being a mother worth all the other not so fun moments! And yay for Johnson’s Baby Wash!
Now I’m all misty eyed! Great post.
Oh, those moments make it all worthwhile, don’t they? My kids are all too big to be rocked – I miss it terribly.
Oh, the memories you have brought back with this post! Thanks for the little trip back in time for me!
P.S. You’ve been tagged at my place today.
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