Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dear Jack

Dear Jack,

Beside me you lay, asleep, slow breaths.  In your favorite "suppa hero" shirt.

When I told you it was nap time you asked if you could "sleep in Mommy's bed."  And when I told you no, you started to cry... and that mommy voice deep inside told me to pick my battles, and also reminded me that you won't be little forever.  So I listened and changed my mind.  You quickly stopped crying and ran to your room to "get my blankey."

The same worn, puppy-dog blanket that has been your favorite since you were born.  The blanket with a hole here and a stain there, colors faded, but clean and smells of lavender.  The blanket your Aunt Lynnette made for you before you were even born.  The blanket I must swiftly and carefully sneak away from you to clean.  The same blanket I've seen you drag from your room since you could walk.

We climbed into the big bed together, snuggled close and I read you the new library book, "I love my Mommy."  You listened quietly and asked if the big raccoon on the cover hugging a baby raccoon was you and me.

"Yes," I said and kissed you.

Afterwards, you rolled to your side, like you always do, and asked me to scratch your back and sing you a song.

I sang... you are my sunshine, over the rainbow, and Jack and Jill.  And Jack and Jill another two times because of special request.

I gave you kisses and scooted over to my nightstand and grabbed a book to read until you fell asleep.

And asleep you are.

The house is so silent I can hear the hands of the clock in the living room.

You deserve moments like this.

And I don't think I even need to say this, but I know I'm going to miss this...

                                                                        Love always,



  1. Good call. I have never understood when parents fight about the little things, the things that mean so much to children.

  2. If only more mommies and daddies would listen to their little one(s), pick battles, cherish moments (quiet and not), find the joy, tuck away memories. Thank you for this blog, for bringing back my early mommy memories with my three boys.

  3. ahh, this made me tear up!! so heartfelt and touching, olivia <3
    it's so wonderful the time you're savoring with jack. he is beautiful.
    the bond between you is too!

  4. there is a blog that i follow, dear olive, and it's a letter written by a mother to her daughter everyday- this post reminded me of it. what an awesome way to remember life as just the three of you. don't get me wrong, it only gets better, but those days of just the three of you are ones to treasure because after baby comes, life changes. i wish we could keep them littel forever :)

  5. That is so sweet <3 You're the best mom ever.

  6. GREAT post! I'm new here... love the feel of your site so far! I'm off to check out some more posts. Thought I'd say hi rather than lurk around. :) Have a great week, sugar! xo


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