Every night we have our sweet little bedtime rituals. I lather everyone in coconut oil and we put on Jammies, then either a dance party, story, or show (depending on Mommy's energy level). Then we brush teeth and set out for each kid's individual routine.
First I set Mollie up with books in her bed and tell her I will be back. Then I head into the boys' room to hand out books & set their iPod to a book on tape and promise to come back to give Charlie hugs, kisses, and high fives.
Then I head to Grace's room to snuggle, sing 3 songs (typically Twinkle, Twinkle, La La Lu, and Jesus Loves Me), tuck in her 4 million stuffed animals, and say the Lord's Prayer.
Then I head back in to kiss Henry and then Charlie tells how many hugs, kisses, and high fives he wants. Typically it's 10, 10, and 5, with the occasional fist bump for good measure.
Lastly, I head into Mollie-Moll's room. We snuggle and sing Jesus Loves Me, and pray she sleeps all night long in her own bed (very.important.prayer). Then I let her pick which song on the IPod she wants to start off with (always Lisa Loeb's Twinkle Twinkle but she still scrolls through the entire lullaby playlist I made). Then I give her a kids in her palm and say "Where's Mommy's kiss?" Then she waves her sweet hand and I cradle her face with it. Then she kisses my hand and cradles my face with it. It is very dear.
And just as we have gotten this routine running smoothly, I think we may have to change it up. Because now we have a boy willing to read everyone a bedtime story.