I really don't remember how it started, but for several weeks back around Christmas (2010) AB and I started doing this "it's all better" thing at night. It went like this: As I tucked her in at night, one of us would make a sad face and point to our cheek. The other would say - with a sad face - 'It hurts right there?' and give a kiss. Then we would move to the other cheeck, then the nose, and finally a little kiss on the lips. Then we would "switch" places. As it went along, AB added the forehead, chin and both eyes. With the final kiss on the lips, we would make a happy face and say 'It's all better!' and then she was ready to go to go to sleep. It was precious. It was one of the highlights of the day. I LOVED IT!!
Because it was AB who came up with it in the beginning and added to it, I really thought this was something that would be part of our bedtime routine for a long time. Sadly, I was wrong. After a few weeks, she just stopped doing it. Every once in a while, she will still play along, but not for long.
What this sweet little thing taught me, though, was that I absolutely have to cherish and savor everything with them - because it won't last long! Their active little minds will move onto something else and they will outgrow things long before I am ready for them, too. So, that's what I'm gonna do - hang on to these little things for as long as they will let me and not take for granted that I will get to enjoy it tomorrow...and I'm gonna try not to blink for fear that I'll miss something!