I generally take charge of getting Natalia down for both her naps and bedtime and Jake handles anything she needs during the night which usually ends with him sleeping in her bed. Even though it has been taking an hour plus to get her down for a nap and sometimes up to two hours at night, I remind myself to slow down and cherish those last cuddling moments. As easy as it may be to get frustrated that Natalia insists I lay there with her until she falls asleep, there is only going to be so much longer that she will beg to have me in there with her before she reaches a point that she is too much of a big girl to cuddle with her mommy to fall asleep.
With the busyness of this week, I did find myself trying to sneak out of her room after getting her tucked in because I knew I had a ton of work that needed to be done. But just as I would reach the door, she gently pats the pillow next to her indicating that she wants me to lay next to her. What kind of mama would I be if I denied her that small request? In the end, it just isn't worth it to get a few more minutes of work done to leave her feeling alone, upset and fighting sleep. The more she fights going to bed, I would just have to make multiple trips into her room to comfort her anyways so why not just lay there and enjoy a few moments of relaxation for myself as well as help her get to sleep and feel secure?
The other night while I was laying in there with her she spent a solid twenty minutes rubbing and kissing my belly. I think she is finally starting to understand that she will have a little sister soon and it's so adorable to see her starting to show some affection and excitement about it. There was even one instance where she laid her head very gently on my belly and started making a whirring/thumping sound that sounded pretty close to when our midwife checks the baby's heart beat at our appointments. Talk about a heartwarming moment.
I'm going to miss her needing me and being my baby but I am more than excited to have her be our big helper and a loving big sister.