They do this every night before bedtime, before they’re separated into different rooms. If Emma doesn’t go see Zi first, Zi will crawl off the bed and walk to emma’s room. Then Emma will get the most hugs and kisses before bedtime. It’s really something new, revealing, and amazing to see. Em sleeps alone in her room now, so Zi really spends some time before bed hugging her sister and giving her kisses. Then when Em goes to her room, Zi gets down from the bed and walks over to Em’s room, which basically means preparing them to actually sleep takes about an hour, because of all the visits, girlish snickering, and chasing about. …as you can tell, they’re wearing different clothes in both pictures…this is a daily practice.
So proud of you emmanuelle grace. Tonight was the third night you slept in your room alone after Zienne was born. I know how hard it must have been for you, with all the initial attempts and your concerns (monsters, itchiness, loneliness, fears). But after your Tatay read you a story, prayed with you, and after I came and tucked you in, laughed and talked with you, you mustered up enough strength and faith that we’re so close to you still. It must be very hard, at four years old, after days and days of being conditioned to having such the warmest comfort of being with those you love most before going to sleep, then having to sleep alone with a blanket of thoughts. But you did it tonight. Thank you for being so brave. It’s times like these that I am so proud of you. And although I know it’s a step towards your independence, I already miss you. I love you monkey. I wish I could keep you forever.