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Just one smile

I've recently come under a bit of scrutiny by an acquaintance for rocking Grace to sleep every night. I'm totally fine with it, and the people who are my real friends don't question that I do it (just like I don't question their parenting). Anyway, the criticism made me reflect a bit.

I've rocked Grace to sleep nearly every night of her life. The times when I haven't could be counted on one hand.

I've written on this blog about our bedtime moments before. I love them. Occasionally, I've thought it might be nice if Grace put herself to sleep so that I could watch the evening news or read a book or paint my toenails, but those thoughts are few and far between.

My resolve was strengthened tonight. Tonight, we put her to bed earlier than normal. It was necessary; she was unusually cranky, rubbing her face, and yawning. The nursery was still semi light as we rocked, and I watched her precious little face as she drifted off.

Just before she fell asleep, she opened her eyes for a fraction of a second, and she smiled.

Top that.

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8 thoughts on “Just one smile”

  1. I rock Ladybug to sleep every night as well, except when I have an evening meeting, then Hubby does it. I absolutely LOVE that time together! And I also let her nap on me. I always have a book or my laptop nearby so that I can feel a bit productive. But that’s down time for me too, and I need it!

    Don’t let someone else get to you. I’ve learned to trust my parenting instincts. Go with your gut! These are precious times and you won’t get back. Rock her to sleep as much as you want!

  2. I rock Ladybug to sleep every night as well, except when I have an evening meeting, then Hubby does it. I absolutely LOVE that time together! And I also let her nap on me. I always have a book or my laptop nearby so that I can feel a bit productive. But that’s down time for me too, and I need it!Don’t let someone else get to you. I’ve learned to trust my parenting instincts. Go with your gut! These are precious times and you won’t get back. Rock her to sleep as much as you want!

  3. We rock Liam to sleep. He’s getting heavy, but that’s the worst of it. We also are still co-sleeping. There is NOTHING like waking up to him laughing at himself and seeing the happiness on his face when we wake up too.

    Do what makes you and your baby happy!

  4. We rock Liam to sleep. He’s getting heavy, but that’s the worst of it. We also are still co-sleeping. There is NOTHING like waking up to him laughing at himself and seeing the happiness on his face when we wake up too. Do what makes you and your baby happy!

  5. We rock both our children to sleep every night. If you want to do it and you and your child like it, then keep it up. No one should tell you not to bond with your child. She will learn how to fall asleep, we all did, regardless of how our parents put us to bed.
    Good luck

  6. We rock both our children to sleep every night. If you want to do it and you and your child like it, then keep it up. No one should tell you not to bond with your child. She will learn how to fall asleep, we all did, regardless of how our parents put us to bed. Good luck

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