While she sleeps, I’ll examine her toes and smile at her sweet little legs. I’ll smell her soft hair and kiss her pink cheeks, I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

While she sleeps, I’ll watch her chest rise and listen to each little breath. I’ll lay next to her and just be at peace, I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll sing about stars in the sky and how they twinkle and shine. I’ll stare at her in wonder and gaze at her beauty. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

While she sleeps, I’ll pray for her future and her protection. I’ll watch her little belly fill up and deflate. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll capture this moment, I hold it forever in my heart. I’ll imagine her grown and feel sad for the future. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

While she sleeps, I’ll sneak to the bathroom so quickly, I’ll run right back to her side. I’ll count all her jet-black eyelashes, I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

While she sleeps, I’ll hold her small fingers. I’ll stare at her tiny fingernails with the white little tips. I’ll gaze at her tiny sweet lips and thigh wrinkles. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

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While she sleeps, I’ll lie in the dark and be still. I’ll line my breathing up with hers. I’ll listen to the sound of the white noise machine. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll think about crumbs on the floor and her unfolded clothes on the bed. When she starts to stir, I’ll pick her up gently. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

While she sleeps, I’ll rock her just a little bit more and sing about all the animals on the farm. I’ll make all their noises and smile as she melts in my arms. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll stand up and sway. I’ll move back and forth, side to side. I’ll focus on being her safe place to rest. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll learn to be quiet. I’ll learn to be less rushed and still. I’ll learn to let go of the things left undone. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll enjoy the quiet. I’ll wish it would last a bit more. I’ll worry about whether or not she will cry when she wakes. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

While she sleeps, I’ll bask in her littleness. I’ll remember how much she needs me. I’ll gaze at just how small and miraculous she is. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll grin at her little frog legs tucked up so neatly. I’ll smile at her precious small ears. I’ll thank God for the gift of her presence and beauty. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

While she sleeps, I’ll pay attention to the details of her for I know they will change soon enough. I’ll wish she’d stay like this forever. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll check out her sweet little chin and gaze at her adorable features. I’ll take them all in and hide them in my heart. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll wish I was more patient. While she sleeps, I’ll wish I was more put-together. While she sleeps, I’ll hope to be the best example she has. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

While she sleeps, I’ll think about what I’ll tell her when she’s older and can understand. I’ll think about how to help her always see her beauty, I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll pretend we live in a princess castle, I’ll imagine that the world will always be kind. I’ll think about how to help her handle rejection someday. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

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While she sleeps, I’ll think about her first heartbreak. I’ll imagine her leaping over mountains that stand in her way. I’ll contemplate the right way to raise her. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll think about my mistakes. I’ll hope she won’t make the same ones. I’ll dream about giving her the very best life. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

While she sleeps, I’ll stare at her sweet little onesie that will someday be replaced by big girl clothes. I’ll think about how much I don’t deserve her. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

While she sleeps, I’ll pray to be the mom she needs. I’ll think about the ways I’m already falling short. I’ll remind myself her deepest need is unconditional love. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps.

While she sleeps, I’ll remember her Maker, who put together all her sweet little parts. I’ll remember that when I’m not put together, He is. I’ll do all of this while she sleeps. 

Kali Dawson

Kali is a School Teacher, Pilates Instructor, Mama of two young children and a beautiful 2020 Baby. She is Married to her real-life Superhero. When she's not holding small hands or looking for raised hands you will find her writing fervently about faith and family. To read more, you can find her on Facebook at: Faith, Family, Freelance.