Bedtime has always been a bit sacred in our house. It’s the one thing in our day that never changes. Ever since Frog was tiny we’ve followed the same routine: bath, PJs, milk, story, bed. Now that her sister’s here she’s just slotted into the same familiar routine.
I won’t lie and pretend that I always love bedtime. In fact, there are many, many days when I’d pay good money for someone else to take over bedtime duty. But I know that, once the girls are big, it’s a little piece of our day I’ll probably miss. There’s something kind of soothing about the predictable. No matter how long the day has been or how tired we all are, everything calms down once that bath water’s running.
For something that plays such a big role in our every day, it’s not a thing I’ve ever documented or written about. It’s just a bit… boring. I mean – bedtime is bedtime, right?
I’ve been really aware of the passing of time recently. The arrival of my baby girl has reminded me how quickly the seasons of babydom and childhood pass. It feels like yesterday that she was born, but she’s 16 weeks old (today) already. So I thought I’d document a bedtime in our house. It’s totally normal and ordinary, but it’s OUR ordinary. Which makes it special.
The Gro Company sent us a Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag to try out. We used these with Frog four years ago and, second time around, our Grobag has become an important feature of the bedtime routine yet again. There are a load of different designs to choose from, but I’m particularly partial to the Kissing Bunnies design by Anorak. It keeps baby girl warm because she can’t kick the covers off, plus she stays cosy during night feeds.
Anyway, for the first time in four and a half years, we actually managed to capture our bedtime on film last night. Here’s a two minute video showing something that happens every single night in our house. But there’s beauty in the ordinary. Well, I think so anyway.
Disclosure: Thanks to The Gro Company for sending us a Kissing Bunnies Grobag to review.