|photo taken 5 November 2013|
the midnight peeks parents take on their sleeping children.
at the risk of waking them.
at the risk of ruining a night's sleep for everyone.
we just can't help it.
as quiet as can be...
ninja-style (as my husband has dubbed it)...
creep to the crib. the cot. the mattress on the floor. the bed.
fully asleep, they fail to notice us.
we take in deep, inhaling breaths.
trying to memorize their scent.
the smell of sleep. soap. sweet baby sweat.
of blankets. and milk. and dreams.
they sleep on.
and we wish for earlier days.
the just-new days.
the days when you couldn't close your eyes for fear of missing something.
drinking in the sight and the smell.
this gift from God.
tracing ear lobes, nose bridges.
inspecting every perfect eyelash.
we watch them sleep.
we repeat the sigh, tinged with wonder.
astonishment at God's bounty.
and His beautiful gifts.