Our bed time routine with Son is rather long and involved. I'm sure many people (including our parents) think we are nuts for continuing our labourous bed time routine. It starts with bath time (most nights) (1/2 hour), video with bed time snack (1/2 hour), books upstairs in Son's room (1/2 hour), followed by lights out with either Father or me sitting in an armchair in Son's room, with one short story recited to Son (usually about tractors), and then said parent hangs out in the armchair, in the dark, until Son is asleep. Son does not like to sleep. Never has, and I am convinced, never will...until he himself is a parent and he can feel the same sleep deprivation we experience. Because Son does not like to sleep, and more specifically, does not like to stop being awake and doing things...bed time takes forever. We have tried to switch things up and give Son a bit more independence in going to bed on his own (i.e. not sitting in an armchair in the dark until he falls asleep)....but this does not work.
Tonight was my turn. As I sat in the dark I found myself thinking of all the things I wanted to get done before going to bed. After about 10 minutes I thought Son was asleep. In fact, I thought I heard him snoring lightly. And then, out of nowhere...."Mom". I experience some disappointment that I couldn't slip out of his room just yet..."Yes?". "Mommy I love you." ...and he had me. In that moment I had to fight the urge to curl up beside him in bed and wrap my arms around him. "I know honey. I love you too. Good night". This was one of those magical moments.