Morning snuggles…enjoying them while they last

I mentioned before that Jim took away Christopher’s iPad in early December. We actually haven’t given it back yet. Other than on the airplane to and from Buffalo right after Christmas, it’s been in a drawer collecting dust. Surprisingly, Christopher hasn’t asked for it very often.

It used to be part of our morning routine that Christopher would get up before his alarm went off and watch the iPad in his room until it was time to get dressed for school. Now, he’s been either sleeping in until his alarm or coming into our room to snuggle. It’s been a while since he’s done that.

Normally it’s only 10-15 minutes before my alarm is supposed to go off, but I don’t mind at all letting him crawl into bed with us for a little bit…for two reasons.

1. He won’t want to do this for very much longer

It kind of nice having him so near. He starting to resist kisses and hugs during the daytime hours. Sometimes he whispers random questions to me. It’s funny to hear the kinds of things he’s thinking about. Other times I rub his back or stroke his arm. He’s like Jim that way. He really likes to be touched and to have his back scratched. He’s definitely a Kelpin!

2. He often falls back to sleep.

My alarm goes off 15-30 minutes before Christopher’s depending on the day, so if I let him climb over me to sleep in the middle of the bed, then I can sneak out without waking him up when my alarm goes off. A little extra sleep definitely does him some good. We all know how important sleep is to everyone, but especially growing kids.

And on the weekends, we both get to keep sleeping (although admittedly I don’t get to sleep as late now as I did when he’d watch the iPad)…as long as he doesn’t start grinding his teeth. Eww! I can’t stand it when he does that. I’m waiting to hear back from the dentist about whether he has an obstructed airway. We need to get him to stop doing that before the rest of his big teeth come in.

Do your kids like to snuggle in bed with you? Do you let them? When did they grow out of this behavior?

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