Stuck In My Head Sunday: I love you most of all because you’re you

Happy Sunday, friends! I was on “Tutu” (aunt) duty this weekend, watching my two-year-old nephew while his TWIN SISTERS were busy being born! Since I work during the day, I usually babysit him in the evenings, and am well-versed in the bedtime ritual. Naptime, however, is a different story, and I was at a bit of a loss yesterday when he kept begging me to sing “Mommy’s Song.” I stalled for a little bit by telling him, “Well, we’re going to sing um, a few Grandma songs and then we’ll sing Mommy’s song.” I frantically texted my mom and sister-in-law to find out what “Mommy’s Song” was, and went through a few hymns I knew my mom sings to him (she, unlike me, knows all about naptime), as well as a few of my own. FINALLY, Grandma clued me in that he was probably looking for: “I love you, Samon/Oh, yes I do/I love you most of all because you’re you.”

How I didn’t think of what can only be described as the family anthem on my own is beyond me, but I was finally able to usher him into the land of Nod with the right tune!
Today, at the hospital, I realized I’d been holding one of my nieces for an exceptionally long time (I’m a shameless baby hog. I admit it.) and offered her to my dad, whose arms were empty. “Oh, no,” he assured me. “I’m just fine.” I ignored him and placed baby Maggie into his arms and whaddya know? Papa melted into a puddle and almost immediately started crooning,
I love you, Maggie,
Oh yes, I do
I love you most of all
Because you’re you

We love our sweet Grace, too!
Oh yes we do
We love you most of all 
Because you’re you!
My brother and sister-in-law had told me that Mommy’s other song is “You Are My Sunshine,” so armed with the right music, I put my nephew down for another nap after lunch. Now listen, this is a kid who, for the better part of a year, has decided that he’s done being rocked to sleep. After story and/or song time in the rocking chair, he slides off the lap and heads straight to bed. He can put himself to sleep, thankyouverymuch
Today, however, he curled up with me in the chair and I sang a mashup of “You Are My Sunshine” and “I love you most of all because you’re you” until he fell asleep… in my arms. And friends, I’m not afraid to tell you I cried a little. And held him much longer than I needed to, because he’s getting so big and I knew it was probably our last time to do that together. It was too dark in the room to get a good picture of us, but here’s one of him from almost two years ago (!!!):
I love you, Samson
Oh, yes, I do
I love you most of all
Because you’re you

I leave you with a montage of me trying to get a picture with all three kids. Hilariously unsuccessful.
Be brave this week, friends, and remember, you’re loved because you’re you!
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