January 24, 2009

Before you know it . . .

The days of rocking Jack to sleep are long gone, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I miss them every now and then. I'm glad he's learned to fall asleep on his own, but every so often, I wish I could rock with him and watch his eyes drift shut as the sleep smiles flicker across his face. The days are flying by and sometimes I fear that we won't take the time to savor those little moments that won't be available to us forever.

Our pastor at our church is doing a sermon series on stewardship and he mentions every Sunday that the first gift that we have to give is our time. A few Sundays ago he said something about time being the only thing that if withheld, can be repaid. We can't really make up for lost time.

A few weeks ago, we started a bedtime ritual in which we let Jack drink his before-bed cup of milk in our bed with us. It doesn't happen every night . . . especially on the nights when Kyle and I aren't both home. But when it does happen, we treasure that time with him.

Kyle's not home tonight, but when I was pouring his cup of milk, he said "mommy and daddy's!" and ran to our room. So, I followed him and we cuddled for a while.

When he was done with his milk, he just kept giggling and giving me zerberts. Every time, he'd look at me and say, "more?" And when I said, "yes, please," he'd do it again.

I finally said, "It's time for Jack to go to sleep in his bed" and he said, "NO!" I reminded him that his airplane and football blankets were in his bed. And he responded with, "Flowers!"


He said, "Flower blanket" as he started tugging on our sheets. Our sheets have little leaves all over . . . which is what I'm sure he was talking about. I love it that he wants to spend time with me. I know that won't last forever.

In other news, we had our first tinkle on the potty on Friday morning. I was changing his diaper and he said, "pee pee." And I asked if he needed to go potty. He said he did. I assumed he didn't really know what he was talking about, but I decided to go along with it. I sat him on his seat and ducked next door to his room to get a book. When I got back, he had already gone! I think we still have a long way to go before we're ready to potty train him, though.


Bruce and Lynn Jarrett said...
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Bruce and Lynn Jarrett said...

Very nice, the cuddling. And now that he's made the connection, the potty training won't be too far behind. Just make it important and he'll get it!

The Schachts said...

I definitely don't want to wish time away but I look forward to the days when Rowan can snuggle with us and want to snuggle with us. Congrats and good luck on the potty endeavor.