Conversations with My Kid – The What I Want for My Birthday Edition

It’s been quite a week. I’ve been working too many hours towards an insane deadline and being away from my kids  – A LOT.

But it’s been easier this time around because my man is on hiatus from his job and is currently kicking some serious booty playing the role of Mr. Mom.  For the first time in a looooooong time, I have been able to immerse myself in a creative project I was hired to do.  And I gotta be honest, it’s been fun.  I did not suffer from the usual working mama guilt because whenever I thought of the kids, I thought “They’re with their daddy getting to experience the day-to-day in an entirely different way. What a gift.”

And I was then able to turn my thoughts back to doing a job that I remembered I actually really enjoy.  Shaping a show, crafting a storyline, interacting with creative colleagues, feeling invested in a job I was getting paid to do… was awesome.

Last night, I got home after that insane deadline had indeed been met.  I went into say goodnight to the girls who share a bed. Phoebes was already on her side asleep but Claire was lying on her back awake with my husband sitting at the foot of their bed. With her 8th birthday just a little over a month away, Claire said –

“Mama, for my birthday this year, I would like you to make me breakfast in bed and then at night on my birthday, I want daddy to give me a foot massage and for you to rub my head and play with my hair like you do.”

For the record, my man gives some seriously awesome foot massages that have already gotten our girls hooked.

I said, “Sure honey.  We can do that. As a matter of fact, we can give you an early birthday present. Right now.

So my husband went to get some lotion and started massaging her feet.  And I sat by her side and started rubbing her head and running my fingers through her gorgeous long strawberry-blonde hair.

We sat in the dimmed lights of their room in the quiet of our home and together we caressed and loved on our firstborn baby girl now long-limbed and looking so grown-up. I stared at her pale, soft, round, lightly-freckled, gorgeous face, ran my fingers along her perfectly-shaped eyebrows which have been perfect since the day she was born, and let the love pour from my fingertips as I massaged her skull.

She lay still with her eyes closed and before long, her breath changed to the breath of deep, peaceful sleep.

Happy early birthday present, my Claire.


If you have a “Conversation with My Kid” you’d like to share, please link up. I have high hopes that I’ll be getting back into the swing of things over here.

I’m facing of day of freedom and cleaning in my real life.  What a happy Friday it is.

And oh yeah, my labor of love, The State of the Mom, has partnered up with the ever-awesome Savvy Sassy Moms to promote the stroller video I produced with Jessica Bern.  We’re giving away a Graco Metrolite stroller this week and next week? Well, another awesome stroller giveaway will be going on. Click  here to enter the stroller giveaway (ends 5.23) and spread the word!  Thanks!!!

7 Responses to “Conversations with My Kid – The What I Want for My Birthday Edition”

  1. Surfer Jay says:

    You know, I’m beginning to believe that her request for breakfast in bead and for you to play with her hair is an inherent female trait, that it is hardwired in the female brain from conception. Because I have never had a girlfriend that didn’t ask for that at some point. And she didn;t ask for a present!? Is a tangible gift really truly fully replacable by some quality time spent together? Dang, If I ever had really believed that one I could have saved a mortgage worth of gifts over the years.

  2. JoAnn says:

    This is so wonderful! Taking time to give girls foot rubs is really really LOVE!

  3. JoAnn says:

    p.s. My dashboard reading list has stopped updating me on your blog posts. the last one I got was from three weeks ago, about when you updated your blog design…hmmm…..thoughts?

  4. Samara says:

    Oh my what simple requests! What a girl, Lee! So sweet!

  5. Amy says:

    I love it – and the photo is awesome!

    Can’t wait to see that little birthday girl!!!

  6. Ash says:

    Will you be my Mommy?

    I think asking your hubs to be my Daddy might be a little inappropriate though.

    Good parents. Good parents.

  7. Karen says:

    So sweet! Going to sleep like that must feel like the truest form of love, peace and well being. Claire is a lucky almost 8 yr old!

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