4am with my baby

like clockwork I awake right before he cries
Joe brings him to me and lays him beside me
he rolls over and latches on without opening his eyes
I curl my body around him, protecting him
he wraps his arm around my breast, protecting his food
we both relax
he reaches his hand up to the sprouts of hair atop his head
his little fingers rub his hair
his feet touch my thigh
he begins to trace small circles with his foot upon my leg
the rhythm of his sucking begins to slow
then become sporadic
he’s asleep
I should be asleep too
I’m so very tired
but these moments are so precious
I lay there half awake trying to soak it up
the 4 am meeting with my baby


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