Can I Sleep With You?: 3 Reasons Why I Still Say Yes!


Around 2:30 this morning I felt a little body come in between me and my wife. I haven’t seen my girls at all the previous day before. They knew I had meetings all day. My four year old lays down on my pillow and says… “Hi Daddy, how was your meeting?” I smiled and said “go back to sleep!” At that point… She snuggles up beside me and drifts off to sleep. 

I love it! I don’t care what your stupid books say!

Here are three reasons why I love it so much!

1. She looks so stinking sweet!

I don’t know about you, but my 4 year old is wild. If it can be got in to… She will get in it. She funny, mischievous, and sometimes downright obnoxious. But when she lays beside me at night. She is as sweet and can be. When I look at her real close, I can still see that little baby face. I miss that little baby face so much sometimes. 

2. It’s literally the only time she slows down to cuddle!

From the moment she wakes up until the moment we lay her in her bed to go to sleep… She is running at full speed. She requires no warm up time. We feel as though she is a Kenyan running in a marathon… And we are praying that we don’t die running in a 5k. I’m not sure where all the energy comes from. But I want some. I spend time all day long just trying to sneak in a hug every now and again. But she hates it. During the day. 

But night time is when I get to hold that little girl for as long as I want. It’s the only time she actually cuddles up to me. And I don’t want to miss those moments. Even if it interferes with my sleep a little. Which leads me to my last point.  

3. She will stop one day!

Right now when she is scared… She comes running. When she is sick… She comes running. And sometimes for no reason at all… She comes running into my room in the middle of the night wanting to sleep with me. And I know at some point… This will fade away. I know this because of her older sister who used to do the exact same thing and now sleeps in her room all night long. I miss that. 

But for now… That little girl knows she had a safe place to go. In my bed. With me and my wife. Kicking us in the ribs. And putting her feet in our face. I love it. And I never want it to end. 

Brandon Hester