Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A sweet memory

When Francesco was a baby we lived in 3 different homes, ours, my parents and my in-laws. We were bad at letting him cry it out at bed time, especially while living with the "rents". Once we were back into our own home we basically had to teach him to self sooth and go to sleep without us laying there with him or sitting in the room. It was a long road that we have finally turned off and he is really good at going to sleep and staying asleep on his own.

Occasionally I will walk past his room and see him still awake staring at the ceiling fan. He has that look like he is just about to fall into a slummer. I find it hard not to go in and talk to him, ask what he is thinking. Some days I do.

The other day I found him in the stare and went it to give him a hug. I laid on his bed to hug him and his face lit right up. I told him I would lay with him for a few minutes, and he was beaming. He didn't say a word, his face said it all. I could tell that I had totally made his day by taking the time to come into his room and laying down next to him for a moment.

I had a "MOM" moment. I almost wanted to cry. To know that the joy on his face came from the fact that I was there just overwhelmed me. *sniff, sniff*

As I went to leave the room I told him to have sweet dreams as I kissed him on the forehead, I told him to dream of Popsicles and ice cream. He turned to me and said, "Pizza too!"

Yes, baby...Pizza too!

Can some one please tell where my baby went?

I am so glad to be recording these little moments. I also hope that they bring that little flutter to your heart the way they do mine.


  1. I am such a sap! Reading about your special moment with your son brings tears to my eyes! The bond between a mother and child is so amazing, more intense than I ever could have imagined. What a sweet boy.

  2. What a sweet story, Cara! It made my heart melt too. It's little moments like that that make you forget all of the things you just scolded them for hours earlier! ;)

  3. TEARS, Cara....huge, tears! So sweet!

    I hope we can get Caden to learn to better self-soothe - we're having a tough time with him right now - he's been fighting bedtime & waking up in the middle of the night almost every night to come sleep with us & we give in for the sleep sake of all of us...The hard & fast rule is that he has to go to sleep in his own room - but, that has been a 2 hour process the past few weeks! At least he still can't climb over his gate!

    Thanks for sharing your sweet moment!

  4. That is a wonderful story. When ww started sleeping without mom i felt mixed and now when he is sick i take a mom moment and lay down with him too .

  5. This is a post that can touch every mother's heart. I'm blinking back tears reading it, and I'm not an overly emotional person. Childhood is full of bittersweet moments like this, and I thank God for them all.

  6. Oh, do they ever!
    At our house, Don now likes to let Jack fall asleep in the big bed, and I'm the meanie who (usually) insists on carrying him to the crib before he's nodded off. But it's hard not to want to cuddle him to sleep!

  7. Those are definitely the moments to write down. Such little things that make being a mom just so great.

  8. So honoured to be able to be part of it all with you in this small way :)

    They grow up so fast!

  9. Oh yes, I definitely felt a flutter from that story. Oh, they grow up so fast! We need to take these moments when they want us with them so badly and just relish them. I know life moves so fast we don't really take enough time with them. I wish there were more hours in teh day. A cook and maid would help so ever much, too. ;)