(a ‘Lullabooby’ for mothers who nurse their babies to sleep)
Softly…. quietly….. gently we begin,
Your mouth opens wide, I soon hear you swallow,
You’re drifting to dreamland, I’m tempted to follow.
Blissfully we sit, wrapped up in each other,
Connected, in sync; baby and mother.
Your eyelids hang heavy, each blink longer and longer,
Breastfeeding helps keep our bond growing stronger.
At nap-times and night-times, I nurse you to sleep,
Mother Nature’s own recipe, for sleep, peaceful and deep.
I lose track of time and of my thoughts sometimes too,
Mulling over the day, listing what’s left to do.
Your breathing grows softer, your hands lose their grip,
Contentment, your expression, as out from under you I slip.
Your beauty is multiplied by stillness and shadow,
My mind takes a snapshot, such perfection is hallowed.
I whisper ” I love you”, touch my lips to your forehead,
Our sleepy-time ritual, no tantrums or tears shed.
You’re alone only briefly, I’m back with you soon,
Together we sleep, dreaming under one moon.
Soothed by security, it’s goodnight, sleep tight,
You hold no anxiety for darkness or night,
I’m there when you need me, you nurse when you may,
Until sun through the curtains melts the night into day.
(Please feel free to share your own feelings or memories of nursing your little ones to sleep in the comments below).