#microblogmonday: rock-a-bye toddler

She wails and she screams. Then, she pauses as I spend a moment rubbing her back and urging her to sleep. When I let up, she wails and she screams some more.

This cycle continues for close to an hour, until finally, I can’t handle it any longer — I go back to what worked at the very beginning:

I rock her.

It takes her a moment to give in, but when she does, she does it completely. Her eyes seal shut, and the weight of her barely 25-pound body feels heavy on my chest.

And I feel my own body relax — not because she’s finally napping, but because this rare, fleeting moment is everything that I live and breathe for.


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