In the past month or so, we have introduced a new part into the bedtime routine. Every night before bathtime we put 'In the Night Garden' on TV and he absolutely loves it. As soon as the music comes on his face lights up and he's straight over to the TV. He's even started drawing a circle round his palm like the child at the start does. He will dance to the little songs and sway to the music. When the Tittifers come on the screen, he frantically points at the screen and says 'durdas durdas!' (meaning birds), glancing over his shoulder to make sure we have seen them.
It's totally bonkers but for that half hour, just after Mr F has come in from work, we make sure we all sit down together and watch it. It's a bit of chill out time for the three of us together and I know how much Mr F also loves watching it with him. Often I will come in and he will be playing Little One the theme tune on the xylophone or he will be singing the songs to him. It may seem a mundane thing, but as I sat on the sofa the other night watching them enjoy the programme together, I thought to myself, this is what the ordinary moments are all about. It's sometimes the most simple of things, the moments before they say goodnight, the half hour at the end of the day where it's just the three of us, together in our little house.
I'm amazed at how watching 'In the Night Garden' has developed his understanding of actions. When the characters go to sleep, he will lay his head against his hand and say 'aah'. He now does this if he sees anyone asleep, in real life or in a book. The other night as we put Little One in his cot and said night night, he held up his little hand and with his finger, drew circles round and round in the palm of his hand, just like on 'In the Night Garden'. I felt a big lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, and so did Mr F. It was just utterly sweet. While the show might not capture his imagination forever, for now it seems to be a firm part of the bedtime routine and it's a part of our little daily routine I definitely want to remember.