Twinkle, Twinkle, Cheesy Breath…

“Okay girls, hop into bed!” I called. “Lights out.”


“Don’t forget Twinkle, Twinkle,” Gwen sings with an upward lilt.

As if I ever would.

This is our nightly ritual after all. The same ritual we have performed since the first night she spent in her crib. That night when we clipped one of the strings that tied her so tightly to us – the first of many strings. Her chubby body, all warm from a bath filled my arms, and I pressed my cheek against her tiny face. That night, I began our song and we’ve been singing it nearly every night since. Nearly four and a half years of singing our special night-time prayer. The song that I whisper into her ear to tell her that she’s loved.

Sometimes she joins me, our voices weave together and linger in the air over her sweet pink bed before I kiss her goodnight.

I remembered this as I knelt at her bedside, pressed my cheek to hers and begin to whisper-sing the song.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, How I wonder wha….

She pulled away, nose all wrinkled in revulsion, “Your breath smiles like cheese.”

“Oh, sorry,” I apologized. “I just ate some white cheddar Cheez-Its.”

“It stinks,” She declared. “You can skip Twinkle, Twinkle tonight. No…wait. Sing it but just stand over there by Kate’s bed and then you can go.”

Mouthwash…it’s a good thing. Click the blinking brown box if you agree.

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  1. This is too cute. We’re just figuring out what our nighttime rituals are, so I will be sure to add mouthwash to the chain of events. Thanks for the tip!

    Thanks for stopping by A Wide Line!

  2. I was all geared up for sentimental tears until the end. 🙂

  3. I was all sentimental too…even WITH the cheesy breath!

    And that is one totally amazingly cute baby. Nom nom nom nom!

  4. Hahaha!! Love it!!
    Such a great ritual that you have with her, especially when you can snuggle her and sing it =)
    She is so sweet as a baby, it made my arms ache to hold a baby!!

  5. LOL too funny!!

  6. Came home, settled in and started catching-up on my blog reads. Saw this post and was sitting here, feeling all kinds of mellow-yellow inside.

    And I got to the end.

    Remembered when Gwen was born how you bestowed the title of Princess Gwendolyn on her; it so fits!

  7. ROFL!!! that is the sweetest funniest thing i’ve read all day!!!

  8. HA! You really can’t beat the pure honesty of a child. And you’d like to strangle them for it, but then, they’re so darn cute you can’t. It’s all a a part of their evil plan. I’m sure of it.

    By the way, that picture is gorgeous!

  9. LOL…this is totally hilarious. Just another “Kids say the Darndest” moment. Timeless. And thanks for sharing such a funny moment. Have an amazing Monday!!

  10. Oh that is so sweet. Kids are just so honest!
    I am visiting and following via crazed fans..
    I hope your week gets off to a good start.

  11. Ha! You can always count of Gwen to tell it like it really is. For the record, I think white cheddar Cheez-Its are delicious, but definitely not “nice breath” inducers!

  12. Aww I love bedtime rituals! We always had a special routine when I was a kid too–I miss it sometimes now that I’m an adult 🙂

  13. *howling* Well it was nice she let you finish singing. Granted away from her, but you still got to sing.
    Sweet pictures.

  14. Still one of my favorite posts. Cheesy…but cute!

  15. love that! Keep singing but do it over there, Mama. I can totally hear my 3 and 6 yr olds saying that 🙂

  16. Now THAT is really how the nights end. 😉

  17. lol You have got to have strong self-esteem to hang with the kid crowd!

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