Motherhood

Helicopter Kisses

Most nights when I tuck my 4-year old, my Sether Joe, into his bottom bunk, we go through an assortment of bedtime rituals.  We read, we sing, we tell stories.  And then we kiss goodnight. In many different ways. Butterfly kisses.  Raspberry kisses.  Eskimo kisses.  Europe kisses (aka double-cheek kisses). But tonight, there was a new kiss added to the kiss lineup. Helicopter kisses. I wish I could show you what this helicopter kiss looks like because he is absolutely adorable when he does it. These things?  These are the reasons why I climb the stairs 37 times a night when those boys call for me. Sho do love bein’ a momma.

21 thoughts on “Helicopter Kisses”

  1. Enjoy, soon they will not want hugs and kisses. But my big guy still calls for me to come and rub his feet or his back. And I still come running. Those stair steps still get a workout.

  2. I love bedtime kisses. I have two girls under 6 and 3. My 3 year old yesterday, said we have to do this everyday right daddy? Whem my wife asked what it was, my daughter went on to explain:

    1. Nose Kissy
    2. Cheek Kissy (each side)
    3. Forhead Kissy
    4. Cheek to Cheek Hug
    5. BIG HUG

    By the time she got done, we were all laughing so hard, but she was telling the truth. As soon as I get home from the office that is our ritual. Then before bed, we do it all over again. (I am not complaining)

    I am soaking it all up as much as I can!

    You got to Youtube that Helicopter thingy for us!

  3. i am so with you on the 37 times a night. thats also why i don’t make naomi go back to bed when she wants to be in our room at night. she finds a place next to my bed on the floor in a sleeping bag and settles back down. she just needs to be close sometimes.

    love those times with the little ones. =)

  4. LOVE Love LOVE the kisses – climb those stairs for your rear and for those kisses 🙂

    My littlest likes to have a contest of who loves each other more – I usually let him win loving me more. One day he will realize that it isnt even close to being true – when he is a parent. There is no way to explain to a little one that I would kill and die for them without even thinking twice!

  5. I am blessed with two beautiful stepdaughers. One is 13 and I’m lucky to get a kiss goodnight. I know she loves me but the tomboy in her “tolerates” the kisses! 🙂

    The 5 year old? That’s another story. Our nighttime ritual:

    1) Move all the stuffed animals and climb in bed

    2) Say our prayers – which often includes whatever is on her mind from the day. For example, several months ago her cousin was in the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” and when we went to say prayers – she wanted to pray for the plan. One night we went to see WallE and she wanted to pray for WallE. Doesn’t matter what it is – if it’s on her mind – she wants to pray for it.

    3) After prayers as I am knelt beside her bed – I ask her “Who loves you” and she points to me and says “You do”. Then I ask her “Who loves me” and she points to herself and says I do. Then she throws her arms around me and gives me a big “huggy” and “kussy” (or word for kisses).

    I have never given birth – but couldn’t love those girls more if I had went through labor pains myself. God has blessed me. Thank you for the reminder – even through difficult times.

  6. I am blessed with two beautiful stepdaughers. One is 13 and I’m lucky to get a kiss goodnight. I know she loves me but the tomboy in her “tolerates” the kisses! 🙂

    The 5 year old? That’s another story. Our nighttime ritual:

    1) Move all the stuffed animals and climb in bed

    2) Say our prayers – which often includes whatever is on her mind from the day. For example, several months ago her cousin was in the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” and when we went to say prayers – she wanted to pray for the plant. One night we went to see WallE and she wanted to pray for WallE. Doesn’t matter what it is – if it’s on her mind – she wants to pray for it.

    3) After prayers as I am knelt beside her bed – I ask her “Who loves you” and she points to me and says “You do”. Then I ask her “Who loves me” and she points to herself and says I do. Then she throws her arms around me and gives me a big “huggy” and “kussy” (or word for kisses).

    I have never given birth – but couldn’t love those girls more if I had went through labor pains myself. God has blessed me. Thank you for the reminder – even through difficult times.

  7. Oops sorry – didn’t mean to post that twice. Was trying to figure out how to edit. I’m new at this! Ha!

  8. I love this! What better way is there to get a workout going up those stairs for something so precious? I wish I could put my little boy’s kisses in a jar somehow. I wonder if God puts our “kisses” in a jar. And I love what Jennifer wrote too…it’s so true (12/19).

    Cindy, we’re needing to see a video of this helicopter kiss!!

  9. I sure would love to see what them helicopter kisses look like. I bet they feel even better up against his mama’s cheek. 😉 Moments like those in life are what make life nothing less than wonderful.

  10. My only issue with the bunk beds is when both girls want to snuggle. Getting into the bottom bunk for snuggles is easy enough, but that top one is a beating.

    All that being said, our rituals usually end out on the couch! Easier to get in and off of that. =)

  11. I love nighttime rituals/traditions. We too have the book, prayers, hugs and kisses routine. But then my little Hannah has to ask me every single night, “Mom, are there bugs in my bed?” And every single night I say, “No, there are no bugs in your bed.” And then my girl can finally fall asleep. =)

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