February 13, 2012

The Rocking Chair


Millie has never been one for cuddling. Try as we might to curl up with her on the couch or infamously attempting to let her sleep in our bed, it just never happens. In fact, the only time we're able to get a few minutes of time like that are when we read to her. Once the last page of the last book is closed, she's off to new adventures.

Over the past couple weeks of sickness, though, it changed. She would slowly totter to the side of the chair and look at me expectantly. I scooped her onto my lap and she tucked her head right under my chin. She began a routine of grabbing her two favorite blankets and her stuffed monkey, pushing them under each arm while we rocked. She wiggled until she was comfortable, and then sighed.

It became an almost hourly tradition. Sometimes, we would sing lots of The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Once in a while, I would play soft music on her clock radio perched high on her dresser. But most of the time, we just rocked in silence. She'd listen to my heartbeat with her ear pressed to me, and I would stroke her soft, thin hair. I didn't know when she was awake and when she was asleep. It was so peaceful I nearly drifted to sleep more than once.

I'm so thankful that she's feeling better, and that those itchy red bumps are nearly faded now. I'm glad we aren't keeping constant tabs on her temperature. But I hope these moments in the rocking chair don't fade- even if I need them more than she does.

9 kind comments from you:

Sue said...

Those are such sweet moments spent with your baby. Even if they weren't under the happiest circumstances I'm glad you got them!

Jenn said...

My son is the EXACT. SAME. WAY. Verbatim. But sadly, even when he was sick last week, it didn't bring us any closer to cuddling. I'm glad you got those sweet moments with your girl! For those of us that don't get them that often, it really makes them that much sweeter, doesn't it? :)

Fran said...

Aw what a little cutie. I'm glad she's feeling better.!

The New "Normal" said...

I'm so glad that she is feeling better. It's so hard when they are sick but there is something so amazing about knowing that you are the one who can bring them comfort during those moments. I hope the cuddling continues!

ginanorma said...

ohho sweet story hon! What a love bug, so see look at that good God brought out of her sickness! What a cutie, and awesome sharing!!! Hugs to you both!

vintch said...

ooh i love this. you always find the pretty and the sweet in the smallest moments, and that's one of the many reasons why i love, love your blog so. glad millie is better, and i hope those times never stop!

Deanna said...

So beautifully said. I love this. Hope she is feeling better now. What a long month this has been for both of you!

Brianna said...

Wonderful post. Glad to read she is getting better! She is the cutest little thing, :)

beka said...

itsy bitsy spider...awww.

and that whole wiggle and sigh thing sounds cute. darn. it's been ages since we've had a little bitty girl in the house.

sigh.

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