Sunshine Before Bed {The Ordinary Moments}

One of the reasons I love Katie’s Ordinary Moments linky is that it makes me record those moments that may currently seem so routine, sometimes almost mundane, but moments that will inevitably end and become a memory in our family life.

One of those moments is bedtime.  I can probably count using just my hands the occasions where I haven’t put my little boy to bed.  It’s one of my favourite times of the day.  Apart from the obvious reasons (a chance to take a breath and watch something other than Ben & Holly), I love being the last person he sees at night and we have our little bedtime routine going on.

Story time first and then we snuggle down for a quick verse of You Are My Sunshine.  I’ve been singing it to him for about a year now and over the past six months as his speech and memory had developed he’s started to join in. As soon as the story has finished he asks for, “Sunshine, mummy”

The volume of the song is dictated by how tired he is.  Sometimes we belt it out, and other times it’s barely more than a whisper, but a night doesn’t go by without our little duet and it melts my heart every evening.

I dread the day he no longer wants to sing with Mummy before bed, so for now I’ll continue to treasure every out of tune note we sing. And one day he may realise the line isn’t that the “clouds are brave”, although I think I prefer his version.


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  1. lifeatthelittlewood
    September 21, 2014 / 7:52 am

    Oh bless him! I love how they sing things a bit wrong – so cute, and it becomes a total family version, doesn’t it? We always add on ‘in the wee house’ to the end of Baa Baa Black Sheep. Eva said it when she was two, and that’s how N&A have learnt it now! 🙂
    Such a lovely Ordinary moment JoJo! Xx

  2. September 21, 2014 / 8:12 am

    Oh this is beautiful I LOVE LOVE LOVE that he asks for sunshine, well and truly part of his routine! I also love that the volume can change depending on how tired he is!! What a special little moment!
    We have something similar where after bed time story we do either the owl and the pussy cat or wynken blynken and nod and I can just feel Arthur settle down, cuddle in a bit more and smile as he gets ready to go to sleep it makes me so happy!!
    Having something like this is also really useful if your away as it’s a bed time signal that you to take anything for….very handy!!
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  3. Super Busy Mum
    September 21, 2014 / 10:42 am

    He asks for sunshine!!!! My days, this is possibly the cutest thing EVER! What a wee darling, what a beautifully sweet post. x
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  4. Natalie {Little Jam Pot Life - blog}
    September 21, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    Thats beautiful, I love to sing to my kiddos. lullabies especially. we also love “you are my sunshine” x
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  5. Emily
    September 21, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    Oh how beautiful! What a precious time together. I know for certain he’ll treasure these moments!
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  6. September 22, 2014 / 6:53 pm

    Aaah that’s so lovely! I think if I tried to sing at bedtime I’d be an emotional wreck- I don’t know why as I’m usually a really ‘together’ person but something about this time of day makes me all emo and wobbly! I tried singing ‘Baby Mine’ from ‘Dumbo’ before and I was in bits! x
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  7. September 23, 2014 / 6:37 pm

    Oh Jo how beautiful, I loved having a little insight into your night time routine, and how cute that you sing You are My Sunshine together- that is just such a sweet little thing to do. I love that this ordinary moments project captures those little things you might not remember as vividly when they are grown up. Long may your little ritual continue. x

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