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My lucky stars

My newly one-year-old, Littler J, awakened howling at 4 a.m. today.

(He’s a happy baby, but not first thing in the morning.)

We’re letting him go back to sleep if he awakens before 5 a.m. these days. Mama needs to start getting some uninterrupted sleep.

Five-year-old Li’l D didn’t know this. I heard some shuffling in their shared room and called out, “Leave him in his crib, please!”

More shuffling followed by the howling of a baby just returned to his crib.

Then, the sound of my five-year-old crooning “rock-a-bye baby.”

Heart soaring, I asked Li’l D to join Daddy in bed.

Littler J was back to sleep within a minute.

I wasn’t, but it was okay.

My greatest childhood joy was my siblings, and now, I am thrilled to see signs of that same great sibling love between my own kids.

I want my sleep, ohsobad, but sacrificing some to witness such brotherly love reminds me how a year of poor sleep is so very much more thanย worth it.

When Li’l D awakened, I thanked him and explained why I’d asked what I had.

And then, quietly, I thanked my lucky stars.


  1. April 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is beautiful! What an incredible moment to witness. Happy Siblings Day, boys!

    • April 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      I discovered it was NSD moments after posting, which felt … like the stars were smiling back at me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. April 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    What a sweet story, and that picture is absolutely priceless, Deb.

    • April 10, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      At first I was frustrated it eas a little blurry, as almost all are on this phone, but then … I think you can see why I quickly moved my attention where it belonged. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. April 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Oh how sweet! I never slept through the night until my parents brought my sister home – the first night they were home from the hospital with her, I slept straight through the night.

    I was 4. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      D slept through the night so early, it never occurred to me J might do otherwise! (He slept super soundly early on, but that was disrupted somehow when I went back to work.)

  4. April 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    How sweet. And well-timed, too, given it’s National Sibling Day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. April 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I miss the days when my kids were little. I cherish the time with my grandchildren!

    • April 10, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      Aaaw. โ™ก I spend a lot of time feeling physically exhausted these days, but even more feeling awash in the joy of these little boys!

  6. April 10, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Long may your lucky stars shine down on you.

  7. April 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Too stinking adorable!

  8. April 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I love watching the relationship between my kids! The hugs they give each other , the sweet kisses, it’s not all lovey dovey but they are all the best of friends ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April 10, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      That conclusion tickles me! There were so many times my siblings infuriated me (and I them), but in the end, I always came back to them as my foundation and anchor. Even in my mid-30s, that sense of being anchored by them lives strong. โ™ก

  9. April 10, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    First what a wonderful picture.

    I loved this story, I think they will be best friends.

  10. April 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    What a sweet, sweet story! I admire your attitude about “moments over sleep.” I do remember longing for more sleep, but now, I really do cherish the memories of those now long ago precious times with my children. You definitely made me smile And that photo couldn’t be more adorable. ox

    • April 10, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      There was a time a few months back that I vowed to do night feedings as long as they were needed. A month or so ago, I realized I physically could not keep it up; the sleep deprivation was making life more uncomfortable (sometimes even painful) by the day. I was shocked how quickly J adjusted to treating nighttime as for sleep only. It kinda made me wish I’d started sooner! And yet, there has been sweetness in these late and early awakenings, and it’s good to see such a reminder to cherish the now rarer forced night wakefulness. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April 10, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      (I’m still programmed to awaken a couple times a night, at least, but another week or two should complete my transition!)

  11. April 12, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Been thinking a lot about memories lately. This is precious and very beautiful.. Brought a smile to my face. ๐Ÿ™‚
    My children have always had such a sibling love, now they are best friends.
    I do sincerely hope in time you will get some quality uninterrupted sleep.

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