“She can stay up a little longer”

I put Madeline to bed at 8pm as per our routine. She had a late nap and wasn’t very sleepy, so she cried when I left and closed the door. Chris was surprised because she hasn’t cried at bedtime for a while now. I explained that she wasn’t sleepy, and he remarked, “Yea, she didn’t seem ready for bed just yet.” I said I was going to wait 15 minutes and then check on her, but he could go get her if he wanted to, and I continued going about making my dinner.

The baby monitor went quiet and I assumed she settled down. Then I turned around to see a big happy smile on a little baby face. There was daddy’s girl in her daddy’s arms. “She’s not sleepy,” he said. “She can stay up a little longer.”

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