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Hugs Make Things Better

I had every intention of getting a good night’s rest last night. However, I tossed and turned until nearly 11:30 p.m. Then, I woke up at 2:15 a.m. — and never went back to sleep. And it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Nothing, and I mean nothing, could help me fall asleep again.

It’s an understatement to say that I was grumpy when Isabelle encountered me this morning. She must’ve sensed something since she asked me a question she never asks me in the morning.

“How are you, Mommy?”

I answered honestly. I told her about my miserable night of sleep and how terrible my body felt due to a lack of rest.

“Would a hug make it better?” she asked.

Getting one of many hugs from my sweet girl before she left for school this morning.

“You can try,” I said.

Isabelle wrapped her arms around my waist and squeezed. I didn’t feel more rested, but something about her enveloping me in her kiddie embrace calmed me, albeit temporarily.

I zoomed around the house — a frantic mess — for the next hour while she got ready for school. She kept doling out the hugs. She also offered to give me her Teddy to take to Norfolk. (I declined.) Then, she brought me Ari’s huge stuffed bear to give me a hug. (That made me laugh.) Next, she drew me a sweet little picture with the words “I love you” on the bottom. (Big smile!)

I received more hugs from Isabelle — who is not a super-affectionate kid — than I could count this morning. It warmed my heart to know that she sensed my discomfort and wanted to help in whatever way she could. And she did.

Per my husband’s suggestion, I’m hydrating this morning in an effort to eradicate the massive headache I have from last night’s lack of sleep. Thank goodness I’m flying and taking a cab later today. I could not drive with the way I feel!
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33 thoughts on “Hugs Make Things Better

  1. Ugh! Insomnia! I love the way Isabella did what she could to help out. It’s the best part of having kids, I think. They are so in-tune with our emotions and want to make us feel better like we make them feel better. Good luck with your headache!

  2. I’m happy where we are in our lives, but I read stuff like this and think back fondly to our times like this. This slice made me happy, and for that, I thank you! 🙂

    1. These days are fleeting and I know it. A lump comes to my throat when I realize that I’m going to blink and my kids are going to be grown. Sure, these years are exhausting, but they’re also incredible.

  3. Hope keeping hydrated helped. I hate sleepless nights. Mostly, though, I’m impressed that Isabelle offered up those hugs. As nice as kid hugs are, I suspect that you were as healed by her reaction as her hugs. Maybe she’s growing a little!

  4. You’ll get back into the swing of things soon enough. I had 2 nights in a row this week where nothing worked in the sleeping department and it is brutal. But kids have that magic power, don’t they? Hope your travels go well and thanks so much for sharing such an adorable picture of your exhaustion.

  5. Children are so inspiring! Sometimes their intuition is so on point. I also have little girls at home, and parents of teenagers are always telling me to enjoy this time, which I try to do! I love how you are appreciating your little one today.

  6. Those nights are the worst!! Especially before going on a trip. I love how you turned it into a story about your daughter’s hugs and her concern for you. Great post.

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