One of my daughter's gifts on Saturday was a Hunter Hayes cd. She really loves listening to him so we thought the whole cd would be a good gift.
Last night after dinner we put on the cd. We normally try to do no television until after she is in bed, although occasionally it gets turned on to Jeopardy at 7:30. Last night was a no tv night.
We danced for a little bit and then I sat on the couch playing with Marin while Mallory played on the floor. After a little while Mallory grabbed a blanket and joined us on the couch. She wanted to hold Marin. I made sure her arm was propped up and laid Marin in her lap.
It was the sweetest thing.
Mallory said, "Hi, peanut. Shhh, it's okay." in her sweetest toddler voice, as she gently stroked her nose like mommy does.
We made faces at her and sang to her. Mallory got all of the infant toys from the basket next to her and piled them on her sister's lap and tried dangling them in front of her. Mallory tickled Marin's belly, and squished her cheeks, and pointed out her nose and eyes and ears and head. We were fairly quiet as Hunter sang in the background. It is a pretty chill cd and was the perfect complement to our cuddle time.
We don't always play like this. Usually I play with one kid while my husband has the other. The baby is a little young to play WITH Mallory. Tonight he had work to do so the three of us had some time together. Such sweet, unexpected, unplanned time.
This small moment with them was perfect, absolutely perfect, and I wanted to write it down here before I had the chance to forget about it.