Paternal Instinct

David likes borrowing baby dolls from Nana’s house. He was busy undressing and re-dressing them, so I showed him how to wrap them up for “nigh-nights.” Matthew got curious. I fished Jessica out of the stuffed animal bin, grabbed his old baby blanket, (“Mommy! I remember this one! I LOVE this one!”) and wrapped her up, too.

Then the boys disappeared upstairs for a while.

I went to check things out. It was dark upstairs and Matthew met in the hallway saying, “Shh!!! The babies are sleeping.”

I peeked in David’s room. The noise machine was on and the room was dark, except for his night-light.

See that basket on the chair?

The “babies” were sleeping peacefully, so I left them.

Then I went into Matthew’s room, which was also dark. He had turned on his noise machine and his CD player. I looked over on his bed.

There was Jessica, neatly wrapped in the blanket and tucked in to bed with a stuffed animal.

He made sure I talked very softly at bedtime that night so I wouldn’t wake her.

It’s hard to describe how sweet and tender the boys were with the babies. It was a glimpse into how they see the role of parents, and it made me very grateful they have such good examples of excellent fathers in their lives.

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February 1, 2010. the boys.

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