The Sweetest Thing

January 21st, 2006

Tonight, while I waited for my Unisom to kick in, Ellie woke up from her sleep, screaming. After laying her in our bed, I quited her down by singing Elton John songs.

Soon, she fell asleep and I found myself laying there, my toddler’s head touching mine. Then, slowly, her little hand reached up and placed itself on my cheek.

That, my friends, is why I do this. For those moments when I find myself basking in her sweetness.

Oddly enough, the majority of those moments come while she is asleep, but I’ll take what I can get.


  1. Recovering Straight Girl wrote,

    I only like my kids when they’re sleeping. When they’re awake, they are the devil’s spawn, and probably arsonists.

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 2:53 am

  2. Jyesika wrote,

    Nice header!

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 4:59 am

  3. DebbieDoesLife wrote,

    What Elton John songs?? Crocodile Rock? Candle In the Wind or the lame new stuff from Disney movies like The Lion King song?

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 9:10 am

  4. bethany wrote,

    The hand on the cheek thing. Yep, it’s the forget-anything-I-ever-did-that-caused-you-grief motion that does erase it all. And gives you more moments than you want to admit.

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 10:07 am

  5. MamaQ wrote,

    I love moments like that…

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 10:21 am

  6. Laura GF wrote,

    What a sweet moment. Gretel is not much of a cuddler, but once in a great while when she does it is just heartmelting.

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 10:52 am

  7. wordgirl wrote,

    Your softer side is showing, SJ. We love it!

    The Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album was great. There’s a deep cut on it called “Harmony” that is really good. Summer of ‘76 I was wearing my boyfriend’s class ring and “Philadelphia Freedom” was a huge hit. Ooops! Did I just reveal my antiquity?

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 11:53 am

  8. Shalebug wrote,

    Elton John was (and is) manna to my chilren. My husband does not share the appreciation for said artist. (Boggles the mind, right???) All of my children have rocked out and been rocked asleep by E.J. through the years; with the hopes this would shape their musical tastes. I believe I have mentioned the 9 yr old’s fondness for Ms. Hillary Duff, and my 8yr old boy thinks Nelly is the cat’s ass. Too bad about my youngest. I think he was the only one with ears. Enjoy your sweet moments, and relax, it gets better. Wait until you catch Ellie cuddling Lil Jizzy without any prompting from you. Melts your heart like butter!

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 12:20 pm

  9. V-Grrrl wrote,

    My favorite Elton John song is Blue Avenue off the Sleeping with the Past album. Love the song “Sacrifice” as well.

    Hmmm. “Sleeping with the Past”–that title should resonate with those who have toddlers in their beds and a baby on the way. Or maybe Sleeping with the Future would be better?

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 1:05 pm

  10. s wrote,

    My 3yo often says, ‘tank you, mommy’ when i swoop in for a random kiss. Totally outweighs the other times when she runs away screaming …

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 1:09 pm

  11. denise wrote,

    When they are sleeping, they turn into little angels! I think it’s those moments that make people want another one.

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 1:14 pm

  12. Anne Glamore wrote,

    It does make all the poop, snot and vomit worth it for a while.

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 1:22 pm

  13. Isabel (Izzy) wrote,

    I made a very similar post to my own blog a few days ago. I felt the need to put it in writing that while my kids drive me insane (INSANE!!!) I do, in fact, love them more than chocolate (or anything else in this world). I’m sure you’d cybersmack me if I said your post was sweet so I won’t. But I’m thinking it ;-)

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 1:46 pm

  14. Mariselle wrote,

    Makes the kicking-in-the-stomach while changing a diaper worth it.

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 1:50 pm

  15. Lori wrote,

    Awww, I knew there was a reason I’m *trying* and this post confirms it. Nice change, but please don’t get all sappy on us too often. It’s the SARCASTIC journalist we so enjoy!

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 2:11 pm

  16. Jack's Raging Mommy wrote,

    Mine are the times Jack wakes up, but doesn’t want to eat, and just allows me to snuggle up in our chair together while he sleeps.

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 2:56 pm

  17. Stefanie wrote,

    Elby likes to lay on my stomach and watch Baby Einstein. I think that’s about the sweetest thing ever. Cause other than that, she’s not too cuddly. Not like me. I’m the needy type and I was totally hoping for a needy baby.

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 3:29 pm

  18. mrtl wrote,

    I’d be paranoid about hand on the face, expecting her to stick her finger in my nose or eye.

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 3:54 pm

  19. Dy wrote,

    It gets better - there’s a brief window before kindergarten where they let you snuggle them for hours watching tv before bed. Course she has a cold and we had to walk her lil 4yo butt about a mile around the ‘hood and where her out first but… Eventually, if you hold out long enough, you get a moment or two when they’re awake.

    Then they turn into teenagers.

    PS - If she sleeps in some way that is less than attractive and/or potentially embarassing, take a picture. ;-)

    Comment on 1/21/2006 @ 8:44 pm

  20. sanders5 wrote,

    The last time I enjoyed one of those blissful ‘mother’ moments ended up being blogged about. Just as he fell into snoredom, he peed on me. Yep, that warm sensation wasn’t the pitter patter of my heart, but the splitter splatter of my son.

    Comment on 1/22/2006 @ 2:22 am

  21. Heatheranne wrote,

    I miss those times. But, I still cherish the fact that my 12 year old will tell me he loves me several times a day out of the blue. Awesome!

    Comment on 1/22/2006 @ 11:21 am

  22. Mama D wrote,

    What a sweet moment. I’m having a lot more of those myself lately which makes being a mom much easier.

    Comment on 1/22/2006 @ 4:10 pm

  23. mrsmogul wrote,

    Aww that is sweet…Elton would appreciate it! Hey, maybe he should record a record of baby lullabys? (Can’t spell tonight)

    Comment on 1/22/2006 @ 6:54 pm

  24. Susan wrote,

    I love my children the most when they are sleeping. Preferrably in their own beds, or at someone else’s house, but still! Sleeping.

    Because they are so peaceful and innocent and, well, quiet.

    Comment on 1/23/2006 @ 9:49 pm

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