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Eight is Great!

It was Jude's birthday's eve - his last day of being seven years old.  I peeked my head in to say goodnight and asked if he wanted me to lay by him.   Nah, I'm good.  he said

I'm good?  Whoa, major milestone!

Five seconds later, he called me back, I changed my mind.  I would like you to lay by me for awhile. 

When Jude was an infant and toddler, lots of people told us stories about their children and bedtime.  The stories usually went something like this -

"Don't let him sleep in your bed or you'll never get him out."

"If you lay by him at bedtime, he'll get used to that - you'll still be laying by him when he's 12." 

My eyes would bulge as I'd envision twelve more years of sleep deprivation.  I'd get a sinking feeling and wonder what on earth I should do with my boy who needed so much help getting to sleep.

I never knew then just how independent little boys are.  A far cry from that once needy baby, Jude now spends his free time playing outside, getting dirty and sweaty like little boys love to do.  Inside, he plays Legos, pages through books, and makes up games with his sisters. 

Often times, it's not until we cozy in for those late night bedtime conversations that I'm privy to what's going on inside his head - and his heart.  It's in those moments that he opens up about his fears and shares his triumphs.

It's then that he'll slow long enough for me to cuddle with him for awhile.

I'm thankful for this special time the two of us have to reconnect at the end of the day. 

If there was one truth I could have engraved in my heart eight years ago, it would be that you really can't spoil a baby (expressed so well here).  I lived by that philosophy, but I didn't fully trust it in the way I do now. 

Eight years ago, Jude made me a mother.  I've learned so much from that boy!

Happy 8th birthday, Jude!  We love you.


  1. I'm really glad to have read this- I have cherished my nighttime routine with my little ones- sometimes laying down with one, often times bringing them to bed (currently every night with my 10 month old). Love always wins. Happy birthday to your sweet boy!

  2. Ah, so sweet. I love snuggling my babies in bed. Joe is already too wiggly and independent to let me snuggle him for long. After almost three years of cosleeping with him and snuggling him all night, I never thought I'd miss it, but I already do! Le sigh. They grow up so fast.

  3. I'm still laying next to Markus and singing him to sleep. And (gasp!), I even rub his back some nights. I'm still fairly certain he will learn how to put himself to sleep, and he won't want me to be there, by the time he's 12. ;-) Given the self-soothing abilities he's already had to learn, I'm just not worried about this one. In other news, I'm jealous of Jude's lego Jabba's palace set. :) He's such a good kid--you can tell within a few minutes of meeting him!


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