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Midnight Snack

May 12, 2011

He heard me talking in the livingroom when I got home from the airport around midnight.

And though he had been asleep for hours, his mama radar must’ve awaken him.

“Mama? Mama!” I heard him say from his crib.

I looked at my husband who gave me the, “You’re putting him back to bed” face — and I crept into his dark nursery.

I’ve never been away from my boy so long. Three days away from his pink lips and half moon eyes is too long. He sprang up as soon as he saw me.

“Mama! Mama! Mama!” he proclaimed, reaching for me with urgency.

I swooped him up from the crib and pulled him to me. He wrapped his limbs around me like a monkey — his arms tight around my neck, his little legs wrapped firm around my waist. And he hugged me.

It wasn’t the usual passive hug of a sleepy toddler — this was a strong, I-can’t-get-enough-of-you hug.

This was an “eeeeeeeeeeek!” hug with patting of the back and stroking of the skin.

We went into the livingroom and rocked and hugged for at least 10 minutes.

Every couple minutes he would stop, look me in the eyes with a big smile, and bury his head in again for another big hug.

Oh, my sweet boy. He knows how to make his mama feel loved.

Then I ate a bowl of cereal. And he sat on the kitchen counter and ate a bowl of goldfish. And we were so, so happy to be together.

It’s good to be home.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2011 10:24 am

    Ah, how lovely it is when a parent comes home after a few days away.

  2. Anita permalink
    May 12, 2011 5:41 pm

    Enjoy these precious moments and guard them safely in your heart; for our children grow too fast.

  3. Mom permalink
    May 12, 2011 7:55 pm

    Free hugs utube video.. the longer you watch it,the more you are drawn in. I love hugs..especially from my grandbabies! Love the story, Lauren.

  4. Stephanie permalink
    May 13, 2011 2:36 pm

    Cole is so precious and just too cute! I wanna squeeze him!

  5. Amanda permalink
    May 13, 2011 3:20 pm

    And it was even sweeter to witness =) How often did he say ” I love you momman” ? so cute.

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