I also love it when…

I also love it when you wake up in the middle of the night, sitting straight

sleepy and crying,

so that I can rock you to sleep once again…

I also love it when you stroke my hand, and then grip it tightly

as you lie next to me, and start dreaming,

I also love it when you learn a new trick, a new sound, find a new toy

and then immediately look at me, with a smile,

wanting to tell me so much, yet not finding the words

maybe because you haven’t learnt any,

but the twinkle in your eyes says it all…

I also love it when you stare out of the window, in your car seat

watching cars go by, mesmerized, pensive,

and then when you let out a “tayyyyy”

as if to say, I am now content…

I also love it when you refuse to sleep,

stumbling through the last of your explorations

wanting to squeeze out every joule of energy

before looking at me, and with your eyes saying

I’m done, cradle and rocking services are now required…

I also love it when you come by my office at home

peering over the desk, trying to bang at the keyboard

hoping to join in on that Zoom call…

And I also love it when you leave everything that you are doing

and coo and chuckle in joy as I rush towards you

only to find you reaching for my iPhone instead.

All this and more, more than words can say

or deeds can do

I love everything that you bring to my life

and most of all, I love you, I love you, I love you…