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Morning Routine

By Beth Anne Ballance |

It’s 6:20am and I hear a patter of feet softly across the carpet and big blue eyes are level with my own sleepy ones where my head still lays on a pillow.  I smile slowly and he grins back and rubs his eyes.  “Hi, Momma!” he whipsers.  “Hi buddy,” I whisper back.  He grabs the sheet in tiny fists and uses the frame to hoist himself up onto the bed and settles between me and my husband.

“Watch dump truck?” he asks as he kicks me in the hips and my husband does his not-quite-awake growl.  (I swear, I married a bear!)

I pull out the iPad and tap the Netflix app and pull up a list of truck-type options.  I know that while he asks to see a “dump truck,” that could mean anything from farm equipment to semi-trucks and it all just depends on his mood that morning.  This morning he gives a small smile as he taps the “Chuck the Truck” icon and I can tell he is pleased that he knows how to use the iPad.  It makes him feel big and I can’t help it, but I lean over and sniff his curls, which still smell like lavender shampoo.

He snuggles under the blankets and I shut my eyes once more – it’s still a little early to get going and it’s like he’s become my human snooze button.

Doug gets up a few moments later and kisses us goodbye for the day and he winks as he walks out the door and my heart pitter-patters because when the sun is rising, everything about my little family feels like love and perfection.

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5 Stages of Tantrums.  Wine included.

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Beth Anne writes words & takes pictures on The Heir to Blair. You can also find her on the Twitters & Facebook.


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Beth Anne Ballance

Beth Anne Ballance is a born and bred Southern Belle, blogging at okay, ba and using words and pictures to celebrate the challenges of motherhood and the joy of life. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Beth Anne's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “Morning Routine

  1. Hannah says:

    Love this.

    Love it all.

  2. Nikki says:

    Sweet story. Sounds very similar to our morning routine, down to the time and video watching. Except when Henry walks into our room he proclaims, “Henry upa nap! Mommy upa nap! Daddy upa nap!” and everyone at that point is up from their “nap”.

  3. Laura says:

    so very sweet! I love those moments…when you can be so content about your little family. so good.

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