Every night since he was born (except Wednesday, that's Pub Quiz night!), I've put Julian to bed with some reading, songs and a few other rituals.

First we read - usually he chooses the book and then I sing to him. The same songs. The same order. Always.

  1. The alphabet song
  2. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  3. Itsy, Bitsy Spider
  4. Michael Finnigan

Then we do the rituals:

  1. Phony - He gets to look at photos on my iPhone.
  2. Blowing up - We take turns “blowing each other up” until we we pop like a ballon. it's hard to explain - you have to be there…
  3. Hugs.
  4. Love you! G'night!

Recently though, I've been wondering “when will he ask me to stop”? He loves the songs, I love singing them to him, but he's five now. I'm guessing that this bedtime ritual will stop at some point before he goes to college, but I have no idea when.

And that makes me sad.