Putting Scarlett to sleep can sometimes be a huge hassle. We created bad habits early and three years later they are still hard to shake. Every night we go through our routine of books, prayers and songs before trying to convince her of her big girl status and slip out without having to rock her or rub her back till she falls asleep. But some nights I do indulge her, lay down next to her and stroke her hair until her eyes close and her breathing deepens. Last night as I lay behind her rubbing her back and giving her sweet kisses, I whispered in her ear that I never wanted her to grow up, and this is how the conversation unfolded:
Me: Scarlett, I don't want you to grow up.
Scarlett (serious look in her eyes): But mom, all kids have to grow up
Me: I know, but I just want you to be my baby girl forever
Scarlett: Yes, but I have to grow bigger. I want to be like my cousins
Me: Yeah, I guess your cousins are bigger than you. But, I always want you to be my tiny little love bug.
Scarlett (places her arm around my neck): Mom, it's okay. I am right by your side. (Gives me a sweet kiss on the lips.) I will love you forever.
Since the day Scarlett was born I have spent countless hours looking down at her face in the dark and whispering those words, but last night as she whispered them back, I cried. I cried knowing that regardless of the fact that I can not stop time and freeze these perfect moments with my little girl, she will still always be my little girl. Wise beyond her years.
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