Monday, October 5, 2009

Do I wake them?

First of all, I wanted to thank each of my guest bloggers. If you haven't read the last 3 yet, take a quick gander and afford a comment. You'll read from Robin about her letter to her unborn baby about what a great time in history to be born, Lisa's post about raising twins and Hollie's post about the things she's found out while being a new mommy.

Now to my post.

When I come out from out of town, I hate when I come home when the kids are already asleep. I always wake up my girls, all blurry eyed from being woken up from a deep sleep. They usually have no recollection of my saying hi, but ~I~ am the one who remembers, which is what counts. I just want to hug them and kiss them.

But do I wake the baby? If I wake him up, it's a little harder to get him back down, as he'll see me and think it's time to eat or get up. So I tiptoe into his room and just look at him as he sleeps. He is now an official stomach sleeper. He gets his knees under himself so he sleeps with his butt sticking up in the air and his little arms curled underneath his chest.

And that's where it all goes wrong for me.

He sleeps in such a cute position and I can't ~not~ touch him. So I carefully stroke his back and pat his little bum. Within a millisecond, he's moving around and lets out a cry. Then I figure I can totally pick him up now. Which is mistake numbers two. Within minutes, his head is off my shoulder and he's smiling at me, going in for baby kisses.

But it's all SO worth it.

In the 3 days I was gone, he has perfected his crawling. Now it's on both knees 85% of the time. It used to be 85% army crawling, but I guess it just took a weekend to realize he can get around MUCH faster if he doesn't have to drag his body.

Spending some time away from my kids is wonderful. But nothing beats coming back home and seeing them. Nothing.

10 comments:

Kristin said...

Welcome home Nancy.

jenn said...

Oh Nancy- I can just picture little Karl & his baby kisses! (I've got Caiden in my head for the sleeping position & I know ~exactly~ what you mean by not being able to not touch him!)

And go Mr. Karl with the crawling- I am always amazed at how quickly they just get it!

Lisa said...

I am glad you had such a great trip. I am looking forward to hearing all about it.

I agree that it's good to get away but it makes you realize even more just how much you love your children...

Nicolas used to sleep just like Karl and I have so many pictures of it because he was just so cute with his bum in the air!

mommybird said...

Yay Nancy, welcome back. I can't ever stop myself from touching the baby when she's sleeping like that, it's just too stinking cute.

Sarah R said...

Aw, how sweet! I would probably wake them too. :)

Jennifer said...

Awww...I love it. I totally would have done the same. I can just picture how cute (and irresistible he must have looked.

Poltzie said...

Aww, welcome home! I felt the same way when I got home from Vegas. I totally woke Chicken up! He also does the but in the air sleep - itsn't it about the best thing ever! When do they stop doing that?

Shannon said...

I would wake them too. I always go watch Sam when he sleeps and if he happens to stir and wake I'm very happy to get a little cuddle time with him. They grow so fast so I figure why not enjoy it while we can.

Beautiful Mess said...

Welcome home, hon! I love how you described waking up the kids. I would totally do the same thing and my "babies" are 6 and 12. They're never too big for sappy mommy snuggles.
*HUGS*

DenverNanny said...

My daddy used to come in and say goodnight to us all when he got in late-- even if I didn't remember most of the time, even one midnight hug is pretty special!