After baths I lotion the babes thoroughly with Aveeno baby moisturizer. They both have eczema, and the Aveeno products seem to work really well on their skin. I also love the soothing bath treatment and try to use it at least once per week. Poppy usually goes to sleep first, and I put her in her miracle sleep sack and nurse her. We turn the lights out and have a little cuddle in the dark, and then I lie her down in her crib and say good-night.
I then go next-door to Soren's room and find him racing around his playroom naked. He seems to completely lose his mind before bedtime, and turns into a crazed beast that we classify as being 'chonked'. It basically means overtired and all wound up. He loves telling me that he's 'Chonked in the Chonk-Chonks', to which I usually sigh and envision a glass of wine after he's asleep:)
After wrangling the wild beast into his pj's, we brush his teeth together and then pick out a story or two. When daddy's away I almost always read two books... but most nights we stop at one. Soren asks to 'get cozy', and I tuck his blankets around him extra tight. I then sing two songs, and whisper good-night. Almost always, I have a moment during bedtimes when I can't believe how lucky I am. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed about the day I would have my own little family. During the busyness of our days I sometimes let stress overtake me, and I yell at Soren or wish I were someplace else. At bedtime, I know there is absolutely no other place I'd rather be. My two little babies are warm and clean and cuddled, and are happily dreaming of tomorrow. I get to hold their little bodies before they drift off for the night, and I don't take it for granted. And then I go downstairs, and pour myself a nice glass of red wine.