Tonight the whole family is sleeping together in the bed. It began with the two kids, snuggled up next to each other. I love that they can get so comfortable with their sleeping spaces. I remember that my brother an I used to share a room, and sometimes he would even come in bed with me and we would chat. It is nice to remember that we used to share moments like that. Now he is all grown up and big ARMY officer guy. So Nala woke up in the middle of the night wanting to nurse - I had been night weening her but then she got a cough and wasn't eating much, so I reverted back to giving her nutrition via mama's milk. She woke up and I fed her a bit, but then insisted that she stop and go back to sleep on her own. She rested across my chest and fell asleep. That rarely happens, and I relished it. Kaio can sleep on top of me, but Nala always moves. So with the time to soak in her closeness, I noticed that her energy is different than Kaio's. She felt softer, and less obtrusive, like a lilypad resting on the water. Kaio's energy is heavier and more enveloping, like blanket of fresh colored fall leaves, moist from morning dew.
They are both so precious, and Kaio aware of her. At night he says "good night baby" and gives her a kiss on the forehead. I'm not sure where he learned or how he decided the forehead was the spot, but he is very intentional about it. He also is protective of her. Daycare says that if kids are talking to her, he goes over and starts joining in the conversation "that's my baby, you can't talk to the baby like that." On of the parents left the back gate a little open after picking up their kid and Nala seized the moment to escape. Kaio saw her immediately and started saying "the baby's leaving the gate!" Then a few mornings ago, Nala was awake and downstairs with her Monday nanny. We were upstairs getting ready for work. Kaio woke up and started saying "where'd the baby go? mommy, where'd the baby go?" We had to assure him that she was safe downstairs. It was so cute.