When my girls were very little, they really loved our special bedtime routine. I like to think of them as little inside jokes that made the chore of getting to bed more fun. These little rituals that were concocted over time and grew out of repeated experiences and kept us moving forward with minimum stress.
During bath time we always used the 'captive' time to sing songs like ABC's and to count. We sang the theme song from Annie a lot. Not sure why. LOL! We made up name songs to learn to spell their names. We even had fun alternative names for shampoo (shampooty) and conditioner (sounded like CONDITIONER, but said in a very very loud whisper)! For some reason at the time it was hilarious. How this came about I still can't remember. But they still laugh about it to this day.
Then it came down to bed time. We had to read stories of course, and everyone had their favorite blankies and a cup full of loaded chocolate milk (don't judge). Once we exhausted all of the excuses to get out of bed and stay awake a little longer, then came time to say goodnight. I would make sure they were all tucked in and then with their hair wet still from bath time, I would whisper little "I love you's" into their ear that made their backs tickle and then they'd beg for the 'puppy dog sniff'. This was a sound I made close to their ears that made them feel like a puppy dog was sniffing their ears. They giggled and laughed and thought it was just imperative that we did the puppy dog sniff every night. If I forgot, I might even get reminded by one of them brave enough to come back downstairs. haha.
I miss those days. At the time I felt like it would never end, but somehow I look back and it seems to have literally flown by so fast that it's a all a little blurry now. I am so glad that I was able to have these special moments with my daughters when they were so young. My mom had a similar routine for me and my siblings when we were small. I will treasure those memories forever.
The other day, I took some photos of my middle daughter Emma with her golden doodle Roo and when I look at them now all I can think of is 'Puppy Dog Sniffs' and it makes my heart warm. xoxo