Between the times I put JJ to bed and go to bed myself I go in and check on him twice. The first time is about an hour after I’ve put him to bed to make sure he’s covered up and warm, and just before I go to bed for the same reasons, and to give him a kiss and a gentle pat on the bottom. I used to love it when he slept with his bum up in the air but he doesn’t seem to do that any more.
The other night though, he was a bit hot. It’s that between seasons time where we’ve still got flanelette pajamas and sheets so if the night is warmer than usual it gets hot in bed and JJ is a hot sleeper anyway. He was quite sweaty so as I was rearranging his blankets he woke up and I asked him if he wanted to take his pajama pants off. He sleepily said ‘yes’. Then as I was pulling them off him, he said, ‘What are you doing here mum?’ as if to say I should not be checking on him because he is fine thank you. I said, ‘I always check on you when you’re asleep.’ He asked me why and I told him it was to see that he was okay.
No sooner had I completed the task of taking his pajama pants off and tucking him back in he was fast asleep. I planted quite a few kisses on his soft chubby cheek and went off to bed.
Thinking about this last night I wondered how long I would continue to check on him like this. When I was a kid I used to kiss mum and dad goodnight before I went to bed. Around the time I was 13 I announced I was too old to do the kiss goodnight any more and it stopped there and then.
I think with JJ it will probably stop when I start going to bed before he does.