Sleep. It's a beautiful thing. A thing that I wish I had more of.
I love watching my children sleep. They are so peaceful. If you know James, you know that peaceful is hard to come by. I'll take what I can get. My children have very specific sleeping routines.
Joseph has always gone to sleep well. He's always stayed in his when it was bedtime and was/ is quiet. Now that he's in school it only takes him about 2 minutes to fall asleep because he's so exhausted. The one thing that Joe wants at bedtime is his monkey. His name is Coconut. Sometimes called Coco, mostly called "Monkey." He was never really attached to anything when he was a baby/toddler. He only really attached himself to Monkey when his dad and I separated. I'm thankful to Monkey for helping him through a rough time. Monkey and Joe do all sorts of things together, he snuggles with him, he uses him as a pillow, he tries to sleep like him. See below:
I had to use this picture because it made me chuckle.
James. James tests my patience every night at bedtime. He always needs one more drink of milk or to tell me something really important like next Wednesday he would like to wear his skateboard shirt. Anything for him to get out of bed one more time. James has what he calls his "night-night." or "night." It's a lovey blanket. A random Christmas purchase when he was 6 months old . . . he has never looked back. He got so attached to his night that I thought we should have a backup. He's not particular as to which one. (He does prefer the blue kind. We have one other kind that will work if a blue one is not available.) I went out and bought one then ended up ordering one and getting two so we ended up with 4 nights. It's always nice to have a backup.
Instead of playing with my speedlite I thought I would try to work with whatever light I had. They are not my favorite from a photography standpoint but I love how they embody my kids.
As if this post isn't lengthy enough. I thought I would share some other pictures about my kids and their crazy sleeping habits/positions. The evidence:
Hmmmm. . . I wonder where they get that from?
Be sure to check out these other ladies to see their take on "sleep": Michelle, Stacey, Andrea, Tracey, Heather, Jenn, Jessica, Amanda, Kristin, Amanda, Sara, Tracy, Lesli, Janet, Naomi, Rhonda, Rose, and Lena