Sometimes bedtime around our house is a little stressful.....mostly because I see the hands of the clock ticking away, getting later and later, and I know that is not going to help my kids in the morning be happy, quick and productive. Sometimes, I end up being very short with my kids, cutting their excuses short with a "You're breaking bedtime rules. Goodnight." or "We can talk about this in the morning. I love You." That's not always a bad way to do it, but tonight, even though it was late, I had a chance to talk to each of my babies just for a minute.
Number 2, my sweet princess, was first. She's been waking up a few times a night just feeling a little scared, and mostly just alone. Think about it, as the only girl, she's the only one who isn't sharing a bedroom. So we talked about things that she can do in her room when she's scared or alone, without waking Mom or Dad up. We came up with a few (like going potty, giving her bed buddies a big hug, flipping the pillow over to the cold side, because that's where the good dreams are), then she said, "I can just sing our song."
"Which one is that?" I asked.
"The one on right now."
Number 2 sleeps with the Christian radio station on at night, and as a result, she knows probably more songs than I do (which is really saying something).
"The one on right now," she said, and then she started singing in her most precious, scratchy, quiet, little, 4 year old voice, "God gave me you for the ups and downs. God gave me you for the days of doubt. God gave me you!"
I gave her a big hug and kiss, and we sang the song together for a little, then she said, "You're my best mom ever."
And I said, "Your my best daughter ever." And then she fell asleep.
To hear the whole song, look at Dave Barnes' video on YouTube HERE