Skittles!…”Taste the Rainbow”

Ooooouch! What.was.THAT?!!!   Wasn’t I sleeping?

Oh my goodness! It feels like a street paver has just devoured the body of this mom of four! Wait, here it comes again!…. OUCH! (Back to sleep.)

What WAS that?!! Now my size C (oh, okay… well, I’m lying… B) cup has been totally demolished and/or flattened to what resembles a pancake. Who needs a right breast anyway?  I didn’t think it was possible to do that to a body part outside a mammogram! Holy Cow! Here it comes again!… (Back to sleep… yet again!)

Would somebody please wake me up! Finally, when I do awake and glance at the clock, it is only 12:46 a.m. Now, what I am finding wedged in my armpit is none other than our six year old, Levi’s ENORMOUS head! I must tell you, it is NO exaggeration that he has a head the size of those at Mt. Rushmore!  It’s no wonder I have pancake boobs now!

Wondering how he got here, I manage to drift back to slumber. Oh finally! My FAVorite part of the day! Ahhhh… resting with total and… WHAT!

I think I’m going to have a black eye in the morning! What.was.THAT?!!! Oh…this is just great! Now, I have a heel in my right eye socket, thank you very much Levi! Who needs a right eye anyway?  Wait.  What time is it? 2:18 a.m. Wellll…. Only 5 hours and 42 minutes to be all alone. Just me and my hubby before it is time to wake up the house for school…. And… Levi! There Levi. Why don’t you just sleep a little closer to daddy?

Finally… maybe I can sleep the rest of the morning. Ahhhhh… okay.

(Tick. Tick. Tick.)

What.was.THAT?!!! Eeeewe, OH! Now come on! After four babies, I thought we were through with diapers. The stinch wakes me when I find, yes, a ripe little six year old rump just inches from my face. How do these kids manage to sleep up-side-down is beyond me! LOL!  Now, Levi’s head is in Dan’s armpit.  Hummm… do you think I should move him?  Nah…  they are both snoring so loud they could saw the house in half!  I think I’ll just swing those little feet closer to Daddy too!  Oh, so now it is 4:52 a.m. I only have just an hour left to start this day again, when

WHAT.WAS.THAT?!!! Wait… don’t tell me. Levi?  No, this time it IS the alarm clock.

After tucking in your children safe and snug in their warm little beds, how many of you find a child or two nestled next to you in the middle of the night?  It amazes me how an individual will not enter a room in the middle of the day will travel across a dark house in the wee hours of the morning to be with mommy!  But here he comes.  Levi.  Night after night.

Once my brave little man was the first in his own bed at night.  Now, he can’t seem to make it through the night without finding his way to our room, which (by the way) involves quite a trip across the loft and down the spiral stairs.  Not that I don’t enjoy his warm little toes tucked in all sorts of nooks and crannies on my 46 year old mom body, but his snoring little head inches from my face, or who knows where, can get a little crazy; especially around 3:00 the next afternoon.

I’m sure you have all been there, right?  In fact, parenthood involves LOTS of sleepless nights — from feedings to new drivers, we migrate from long nights of scary dreams, trips to the potty, drinks of water, to waiting up for that teenager’s curfew.  But whether they cuddle up close from a scary dream or arrive home after a late movie, high school prom, or even first job in the city, I’ll be ready to squeeze them and wrap my arms around them, assuring my little ones that they are safe at home, in the arms of their mom — just as I imagine God would hold on to each of us!  Yummmm… feels warm like rainbows!

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ” (Psalm 23:4)

So.  Here’s what I am trying at the Hott House to encourage Levi to be brave all night.  Skittles!

Yes, Skittles!  For each night Levi wakes up in his own room, he wins Skittles!  One of every color of his choosing!  Think it will work?  He LOVES Skittles!  What have you tried?

I’m ready to “taste the rainbow!”  You?

Copyright © Angie Hott, Moms of Faith, All Rights Reserved


  1. Ashley on October 10, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Aunt Angie! I love the skittle idea, I might have to try it too, I also have knees, head, elbows, and legs in my back all night. I finally figured out why I have been waking up with a sore spot on my back about the size of a three year old’s knee! ha, I am going to try skittles too… Hope it works!

    love you!

  2. Angie Hott on October 11, 2011 at 8:42 am

    LOL! Skittles work! Levi has had THREE complete nights in his bed! Funny thing is…. I miss him :-(
    love, aunt a

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