At one time in my life this title might have meant something very different than it does now. The only naughtiness that fills my nights these days is that which involves my little Spencie. Ever since we got rid of her noonie, or since I got rid of her noonie for her, nighttime has been an uphill battle filled with lengthy back scratches, leg tickles, and "I just want to give you one more kiss[es], Mommy!"
For the first couple of days I totally fell for the one-more-kiss line. But then my little sweet-talker picked up on my weakness for her displays of affection and all of a sudden I was getting and giving about ten to twenty kisses. Kisses turned into hugs which turned into her telling me "your my best best friend in the world." She came up with that line all on her own and it just melted my heart into an oceanic sized puddle, Or at least it did until I heard her tell many other people that they were else her "best best friend in the world."
Even after I realized her new nighttime lovey-doviness was just a ploy to stay awake longer, I was having a really hard time resisting her charms. During the day, Spencer is, well, not so fond of the PDA. She is fiercely independent and wants to do everything with no help from me. So when she turns into that sweet little smooth talker as soon as she realizes it's getting dark out, I'm putty in her hands.
Or at least I was. Tonight I put my foot down after 20 minutes of her attempts to try and "love me" into letting her stay awake longer. It about broke my heart when she said "but I just want hold your hand!" But we'd already held hands, done our kiss routine, sang songs, etc. One more hand holding would turn into two more hugs and she'd be no closer to going to sleep. I felt like the worst mother in the world.
But I had to do it, right? I feel so guilty about this whole thing- everything was fine with her sleeping habits until I put an end to her pacifier. I knew it was going to mean that nights were going to be a little more difficult for awhile and that I'd need to be patient and understand during the transition process- but that was in the middle of March! Isn't the transition period over? My answer to that was yes, but now I'm starting to question whether or not I'm wrong here. I don't know- what do ya'll think? How would you handle this situation?
Friday Fellowship - Caroline Beyer
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