Nothing makes this mama's heart turn to squishy mush quite like this moment... 'snuggle time'. Here's the back story: our daughter was never a 'snuggler'... try to hold her and she would arch her back and push away like you were leprous. I'd watch other kids cuddling into their parents... and long for that moment. Only one time would bring out Azriel's snugly side... when she was sickly. So the hugs we got.. were the snotty kind!
Fast forward to two weeks ago. Azi was teething.sick.snotty.sleepless. So much duress caused me to pull her into bed with me (Ben retreats to another bed at this point!)... and she would sleep - snuggled close into my side. For two nights this was a sweet delight. The third night... we saw a habit forming and opted to get her back to her crib: she screamed for an hour - and every time we checked in on her... through tear streamed cheeks she'd whimper "snugg-oh?".
She survived. We re-claimed our own bed. And the aftermath is beautiful. Azriel now loves to snuggle!! Every night before bed (or any nap in the day).. we go to her room and she points to the bed and says "snugg-oh?"... and we do. And then she gets to fold over into her crib in contented bliss.
Daddy Ben gets his own nightly ritual with Azriel too. Every single night for as long as we can remember I go "say nite-nite to Daddy"... and then it starts: Azriel mischievously grins, and runs the opposite direction! Ben goes to pick her up for a hug... and she crumples into a giggly jelly fish... it's quite the routine. Poor Ben hasn't inherited this 'snuggly' version yet. ;o)
Lastly, in other 'nite nite' news. Azriel jumped out of her crib again! I need your input... how/when did you graduate your kids to a 'big girl/boy' bed? Any suggestions? I'm thinking we need to get her started in this process (she's 21 months now)... thanks!