*Yes, I know I haven’t blogged in a while…we’ve been sick, busy, out of town, etc., and when I’ve had a few moments to myself, I just haven’t felt like blogging!*
Last night, I experienced one of those ‘I’m so glad I’m a mother, otherwise I would have missed this’ moments. It happened again tonight, so I thought I’d better write it down, so I would remember how special it was to me!
When I put the Minions to bed, I sing to them. 4-5 nights a week, they do not want to go to bed, and 99% of those times, singing their song calms them down so they can sleep.
While I’m placing their blankets over them, I sing:
Minion 1, you are my Minion 1
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take (kiss) my Minion 1 away (kiss kiss kiss)
Obviously, I use his real name, and I then sing the same with Minion 2’s name in place of Minion 1’s. The kisses are their favorite part because they change based upon their moods! The crankier the boy, the crazier the kiss.
Well, last night after I sang, Minion 2 says “My turn, Mommy!” And he began to sing:
Mommy, you are my Mommy… (complete with kisses)
And my heart cried, “Aaaawwww!”
Tonight, Minion 1 was the first to sing to me.
I’ve had six children now, and lullabies didn’t automatically work their magic for every one of them, but nonetheless, I sang to them. I love lullabies! In the middle of the night, they entertain me as much as they soothe the baby (sometimes much more so)!
Obviously, in a family our size, a lot of things get passed down, reused, and recycled, but one thing that each of my children has received is their own lullaby.
Jackson- All the Pretty Horses
Kate- Hush, Little Baby
Minion 1 and Minion 2 - You are My Sunshine (sunshine is replaced with their names)
Twinkle- Jesus Loves Me
I didn’t do it on purpose to start, and I never specifically planned out which song each child would get, but somehow, as I would hold each baby in my arms, these are the songs that poured out. And, somehow, they just seem to fit each one, and these are the songs that will remind me of their baby days (and nights!) no matter how old they may be!