I visited a friend of mine and her new baby a few weeks ago. I love the house of a new baby. There are very few changes in the house. On the end table or coffee table, there is usually a bottle, pacifier, burp clothe. There is the swing and maybe a little baby gym activity center. Again, I think parents are eased into the chaos of parenthood. I remember those days and when my house was like that. I remember being in those days and remembered to cherish it because never again will I have that special time.
I came home and remembered that each year with our kids is a special time. Calvin and I have a new thing we do at bedtime when we read books. We laugh. We laugh over the top and full of drama - you know that laugh where you tip your head back and laugh really loud - Ha Ha Ha. We do that for about 5 minutes every night. It's so sweet. We will be reading and get to a point and he'll look at me and say "Let's Waff..." And we laugh. And we laugh. And we laugh. It's so sweet and special. I love that special time with him every night. Sometimes I say "Should we laugh?" and he'll say "no, not yet." He picks the time that we waff.
About an hour later, I put Laci to bed. We read books too. Whoops - I mean she usually reads books to me now. I'm still getting used to her reading to me instead of me reading to her. We snuggle in bed together and then I hug her and kiss her good night. Every night is a special night with each of my kids.