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Monday, March 29, 2010

A little love note.

Have you told bedtime stories lately? Pregnancy has made me super sleepy, and I've been conking out really early. So a little tradition has started, where Alex will put me to bed. After I brush my teeth, he'll say, “Ready for bed, baby?” and then come into the bedroom, lie down next to me (and my maternity pillow) and tell me funny stories about his childhood, early days in New York or old friends. I don't know how he comes up with them all (every single night!), but it's so cozy falling asleep listening to his deep voice and trying to stay awake to hear the ending. I love you, Alex.

(Photo by Max Wanger)

190 comments:

Katherine said...

That is so sweet, and such a beautiful love note. You two are going to be such great parents!!

melanie lace said...

Sweet as pie! I know how you are feeling. I feel big as a house. My husband brings me coffee and breakfast every morning. It just helps me get out of bed and start my day with a little smile :)

ph said...

That is amazing :) So sweet :)

amy said...

Could that be any cuter? Finding out stories you don't already know about your hubs is one of the sweet surprises in marriage. At least, I always feel that way. Lovely!

Hannah said...

What a sweetheart!

maggie said...

aw, he is going to be a great dad!

Julie Catherine Platt said...

How sweet and comforting. Sounds like he will be such a great father!

Kera said...

such a cute tradition. i often make mu hubby tell me goodnight stories. it's the best.

nichole said...

Oh wow. You guys will make great parents. Really, truly. :)

Samantha said...

aww thats so sweet :)

kathleen said...

that is the cutest. wait another month or two and then he can rub your feet while telling the sweet stories :)

tinypaperheart said...

so sweet. :)

Manolos to Asolos said...

That is so sweet!
You are very lucky to have someone so wonderful in your life.
Thank you for sharing!
=)

-Sarah
http://manolostoasolos.blogspot.com/

Kate said...

My boyfriend works til midnight on Sunday nights, so when he comes home I'm beyond ready for bed (but I always wait up for him) and he tucks me in like a little kid.

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

this brought tears to my eyes. i can't wait to hear about the bedtime stories he'll be telling your little boy in no time at all! x

Milan said...

That's really very sweet. I love hearing about my boyfriend's childhood and life-before-me, I want to know him so much it pulls my heartstrings.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Talk about true love. That is one of the sweetest things I've ever heard. Best wishes to you dear & congratulations on finding such a wonderful man!

Caroline, No. said...

:)

natalie said...

this is the sweetest little story. :) you sound so happy!

Blue Is Bleu said...

Awww that's so sweet :)

Trina S. said...

that is so wonderful!

Trina
www.mommeville.com

Thea said...

That is the sweetest thing I've ever heard. When I got the flu this past winter, all I wanted was for my husband to read to me. It was so comforting.

Megan Joplin Photography said...

Awwww. That is so sweet!

Camilla Leila said...

some men are seriously wonderful.
you are blessed.

Kristyn said...

Your husband is so sweet!

Michelle said...

That is too cute! What a sweetie!

naturally nina said...

that is SO cute. i always ask simon to tell me stories when we're lying in bed and he never gets further than "there was once a boy who met a girl" ...

kudos to alex! it must be the story-teller/writer in him. needless to say, i'm jealous :)
p.s. love that photo.

The Gourmet Traveller said...

That is the loveliest thing I have heard! Thank your lucky stars, Jo!

Deb Oh said...

So so sweet. That positively melts my heart :)

Meghan said...

This is so freaking cute.

Two Brunettes said...

that is the most beautiful thing ever! I feel a little bit teary even! You are both so cute.

Nicole Marie said...

oh my gosh so stinking cute!

The Cottage Cheese said...

Joanna, that is so sweet! Alex is one in a million :)

Biscuit said...

That is the sweetest thing I have ever heard. Lucky Girl!

Ashlee Brooke said...

Aww~ So sweet! I almost got teary eyed! Sounds like something out of a movie! ;) Ash

Rachel said...

this is such a cute love note.

i hope my husband is that supportive when we are married with a child on the way :)

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

what beautiful thing, you are a lucky lady

s a m said...

this makes my heart burst!

Monica from Hola!design said...

joanna! you're so lucky to have him!!!

Amanda said...

That is one of the sweetest things I've ever heard! Your little baby is so lucky to be surrounded with such love! xo

Anonymous said...

That maternity pillow looks so comfy! I want one! (Right now I use a pillow under my head and hug another one. :)

Kate said...

This is such an adorable story! Thanks for sharing- this made my day!

Anonymous said...

sweetest post ever joanna!

Ashley Lynn Fry said...

So lovely! Thanks for sharing... xo

!Tb0n3! said...

That is as sweet as anyone could get!

Morgan said...

too adorable for words.

Jo said...

this made me tear up a little. you two will be awesome parents :)

Patrick and Katrina Foster said...

So thoughtful...and utterly charming!

Design Darling said...

that is so adorable, it makes my heart sing.

It's All Good said...

I think my heart just melted...

Mo said...

Aw, that is so cute. My fiance tucks me into bed most nights. He doesn't tell me old stories because he can't come up with it on the spot, but we do have conversations that help me drift off and I love it.

K said...

Good Lord,
You are making me tear up!

Charlie said...

that´s so sweet! I´m sure you both will be excellent parents and show your child how to love and be loved!

Jen said...

Too cute! That is such a sweet tradition, Joanna! My dad used to do that with me when I was younger, and it's definitely a tradition I'd like to carry on with my children. Once your baby comes along, it would be so sweet if Alex did this!

kate said...

Hi Jo

Please could you tell me where I could pick up a husband like Alex?

K x

christina said...

such a nice love not. it's the little things in life that matter. nice picture of both of you! i hope i'll have such nice pictures too.

Ellen said...

That is ridiculously sweet. It's always fun to learn new things about someone you know so well :)

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Felicity said...

That's so touching, you sound like a lucky woman!

Julie said...

This sure made me smile!

Seyma said...

omg... this is so dreamy... how lucky you are darling! enjoy your pregnancy..

xoxo

A.Co said...

Aww! Soooo sweet! I love it! Aww! :) :) :)

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

JanelleGrace said...

If only everyone was as lucky as you two...

A Taste of T said...

Oh that is so sweet it gave me butterflies! How lovely!

The Neo-Traditionalist said...

What a lovely little note. He's a lucky man to have you and you're a lucky gal to have him. Ohhh and your future little baby---the luckiest indeed! XO Katie

Thao said...

I love hearing about how you keep the sweetness and romance in your marriage--those little traditions make even the most difficult days worth it! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

Jeanette said...

Lovely, just lovely. Sometimes I think no one in the world could be as happily married as I, or love their spouse as deeply as I, then I read things like this and I know I am not the only one. I'd love to hear one of his stories. Are you writing them down later?

DailyDivaDish said...

That is darling ~ thanks so much for sharing. Hearing things like this just makes me smile. =)
XO Piper

Kim said...

Awww, that is just so sweet! He's going to make an amazing dad, your story is absolutely proof of that!
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hip hip gin gin said...

That is just about the sweetest thing!!! Alex is obviously a lovely husband, and I think we can all see what an amazing dad he will make!! Thanks for sharing this little moment with us, teary smiles all around!

hip hip gin gin said...

That is just about the sweetest thing!! Alex is obviously a lovely husband, and I think we can all see what an amazing dad he will be!! Thanks for sharing this moment with us, teary smiles all around!!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Aw, that's so sweet.
You guys seem so in love...how wonderful!!

Amber said...

When we worked opposite schedules, my fiance would tuck me in every night. It was a great time to recap the day and settle down for bed. Alex sounds ready for fatherhood!

Josie said...

This is absolutely lovely -- you two are very, very lucky to have each other.
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Alice said...

This is one of the sweetest things I've ever heard! My boyfriend makes up little stories for me when I'm sick but yours is so much better!

Deanna said...

I love hearing my husband tell stories, especially to our kids. I'm sure Alex will be a great bedtime story teller when you have little ones (hopefully you won't fall asleep during them like me!!). Does he talk to your belly a lot?

Amber said...

So, sweet. Just think of the stories he will tell your little one when tucking him into bed.

On a random side note, do you love you maternity pillow? I'm 20 weeks along with my 2nd baby and never used a maternity pillow in my 1st pregnancy (just woke up sore and needing to change positions a lot). I'm wondering if it's worth the money to get one this time around. Would you say it makes a big difference???

Hazydaisy said...

This is the sweetest thing I've read! The baby will be off to a great start with parents who care so much for each other. And how I remember that pregnancy tiredness when all you want to do is sleep!

Ms. X said...

That's so sweet! Alex is going to be a great Daddy, reading to the baby at night when he's older. And you're going to be a great Mommy too!

Laura Gerencser said...

AAAWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

stephanie said...

that is just the absolute sweetest thing i've ever heard!! you two are so fortunate to have one another...and one on the way :) couldn't be happier for you!

Annie said...

Precious! That is the sweetest story and you are a very lucky lady! *Bless!*

www.twinyolks.com

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

How extremely romantic! Good good luck with the last weeks!

Claire said...

does Alex have friends like him? (single, of course)

Laura said...

that is so sweet. i love the picture! you are one lucky lady, last night my bf and i fell asleep watching LIFE. have you seen it on Discovery? it's amazing!

Christina said...

So sweet. It sounds like a such an exciting time.

Jennifer said...

How did you two get so lucky to find each other?!? Your little man is going to be a very lucky baby too!

nicole said...

This made me tear up a little bit! Y'all are super cute. xoxo.

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these cute comments :) amber, i LOVE the maternity pillow. i borrowed it from a friend and it has been a life-saver. it makes sleeping SO much more comfortable.

jean goddard said...

Lovely!

laura marie said...

i really, really love hearing about a couple with such a beautiful love :) too much is written about breakups and hearing the fairytale is so refreshing! :)

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

lovely, lovely story. Thanks for sharing :)

Megan said...

How adorable. And to echo everyone else, what great parents you will both be!

mindy said...

what a phenomenal hubby you have! i can only imagine how great he'll be with your son. and that wedding photo....so gorgeous!

Susu Paris Chic said...

This is love. Touching to read. You are blessed.

baballa said...

how sweetenjoy that before baby arrives!!!

Jenni said...

That is so sweet. You are an amazing lady :)

Carissa said...

that might be the sweetest thing I've ever heard! I always loved when my dad read my brother and I bedtime stories... so great that Alex is practicing on you before the baby arrives! :)

Lacey said...

Aww I like to do this too. Inspired a post of my own! Thank you!

Michelle said...

The sweetest thing!

Becky said...

So sweet! You guys are going to be such good parents!

BARGAIN BEX said...

cutest. post. ever.

Shauna said...

This is the BEST ever! EVER! You have a man of my dreams! My favorite thing is bedtime stories! Perfect post!

Claire Gibson King said...

Ahh, make my heart swell! What a darling little insight into your life that you just shared. Sweet dreams.

Slices of Beauty... said...

Incredibly romantic!
My hubby must make up his stories, my ribs never stop aching.

Annie said...

Honestly I came home from school today in the worst mood and crying and this just cheered me up immensely.

Dawn and Amanda (cousins). said...

Swoon! I want to find someone like Alex someday.

littlewinterbride said...

oh i love bedtime stories. what a sweet tradition. you 2 will have so much fun reading to your little ones... Sometimes we read stories from hans christian andersen fairytales or children books i drag home frm the school library.

iheartkiwi said...

you guys are downright adorable.

kiwi reads me pablo neruda poems when i have trouble falling asleep.

chelsea said...

So cute!! You picked a good one, I'd say:)

Hollie said...

aww. :] My fiance used to tell my belly a joke every nite while I was pregnant.. maybe that's why my child is so funny. :]

N. Dales said...

Hi Joanna I'm a new reader,and I love your blog so much i read a year's worth of post! Oh Wow that is so incredibly sweet! Imagine how it would be when both of you guys can read to your baby!

jean goddard said...

I love the picture of Leslie looking so happy in the background!

Haley said...

Love this post so much I put it on my tumblr! I'm glad you have a sweetie to tuck you in! xox

Mabel and Zora said...

Alex is the man. My wife is going through the same thing in her pregnancy.She is asleep by 8pm.I gave her flowers the other day. Corey.

battlingthedinosaurs said...

Aww, you guys are going to be together forever and always.

Ms. Wife of the Year said...

lucky girl, you are.

sweetcheeks317 said...

Love, love, love this!

Army Duck said...

Smile, my husband tells me stories to help me fall asleep.. From McDonalds to Afghanistan, we've been everywhere. We are the lucky ones to have men that adore us so much, lovely photo.

Jenna Kusma said...

That is so sweet!! I'm going to have to remember to tell The Fiance that when we start to have children! What a great guy! :)

Jenna
xobutterfly-kissesox.blogspot.com

impendwa said...

you paint such a beautiful picture of love. in both his actions and your words. brought joyful tears to my eyes, you all are going to be such tender and loving parents!

Maki said...

Awww can you imagine your baby is also listening to his voice and stories?? How incredibly sweet is that? You will be wonderful mommy and daddy!!!

Evelina said...

This is so sweet! My husband and I started the same tradition when I was pregnant. Two years later we still carry on... :)

sulu-design said...

I'd say how sweet this is, but it sounds like you've heard that more than a hundred times already. It's really wonderful how you take care of one another. My dear Barry reads to me when I'm having trouble falling asleep. The content doesn't matter (he can read articles from his mountain bike magazines for all I care). I, like you, am comforted by the sound of his deep voice next to me in bed.

mle jean said...

Wow, that is sooo sweet. Congratulations on a finding a good catch/dad/husband!

Just Sweet Love said...

This was a really great post. Very sweet to read. xxo

Penny said...

That sounds absolutely lovely. Remember when you were a kid and you'd cuddle up to your mom or dad's chest because you were sleepy, maybe at a family gathering or something, and you'd fall asleep lulled by the vibrating sound of their voice?

It's one of the best things about being a kid, but the best part is, you can still do it as an adult!

Have you been reading to your belly? I am just 4 months along but I started reading out loud to the halfpence, the first book I bought for him/her is "This Is London."

I rarely comment but I've been following your pregnancy in my Google Reader and it's been so much fun, especially as someone expecting. Thanks for sharing :-)

Angie said...

How lovely to have someone so sweet in your life! I want one! Honestly I've been dreaming of a sweet man who will tell me bedtime stories...

Kate said...

so completely precious.

Daniella said...

Oh my gosh... SO cute.

Melissa Blake said...

This is one of the sweetest posts I've ever read!! What a wonderful way to fall asleep!

Noelle said...

this is so sweet. Your relationship is an inspiration (and hope) to looking forward to being able to share these precious moments! again, so freaking sweet!

Fancy Pants said...

This made me smile out loud:)

Pretty Mommy said...

Pretty soon you'll be doing the same for your little one...mine is very much in the "tell me a story" phase...and it must include Ballerina Lila and Prince Charming...who are very good friends of course :)

Desiree Fawn said...

Oh gosh, that's so heartwarming! Love!

A Day That is Dessert said...

So very sweet Joanna! I remember Alexi used to rush home from work in hopes of seeing me while I was still awake - many nights I passed out around 6pm when I was pregnant.

islandfairy said...

you two are so sweet! :-)

BethanySusan said...

awesome! ditto what everyone else is saying! just too too stinkin sweet! :)

Meltem said...

Oh so sweet! You are awesome couple:)

leen MC said...

So sweet! I want an Alex!!

Vera said...

You guys make me jealous!

Diana Mieczan said...

Hi...I love your blog...and this picture looks absolutely stunning....Every bride should be captures in a special moment like this....

Mrs. Stilletto said...

Real love is the sweetest thing ever. My love does the same thing, but without the pregnancy-thing ;) - when I'm feeling sick he tells me bedtime stories. I love it.

Seems like you have a gem on your hands (and he as well) never let go! :)

Have lots of fun with your pregnancy - both of you. And after the pregnancy you can tell bedtime stories to your little baby.


Love,
Nancy

Kimberlee said...

The love between you both is something else. Love your love xx

AmyJo said...

That is just the sweetest thing ever ... sigh.

lanky lizards said...

That is precious. :) What a good man.

Lucy Calico said...

Aaaw you are so genuine and true, it's beautiful! I love reading your blog, you inspire me!

Meghan said...

So sweet. Just think, it won't be too much longer until he's telling bedtime stories to your little one! :)

The Lil Bee said...

So sweet, Jo:) I have goose bumps. There are many tough things about pregnancy, but sleepy stories are certainly not one of them. You have a good guy there!

met said...

love.

rikshaw design said...

pitter patter..he is such a love

Rachel said...

Congratulations! and I love the storytelling! With all the TV people watch these days, I wonder how well some people know their spouses!!

lisa said...

I love bed time stories as well, I'm gonna need to meet a man like Alex!!

samantha hahn said...

that's the sweetest.

Stephanie said...

One of my favorite things to do is cuddle up in bed, talk about the day and fall asleep to sound of my husband's voice. I treasure those moments. Thank you for being so inspiring and encouraging about marriage.

Anonymous said...

gratitude- isn't it an amazing, stirring emotion?!

thanks for sharing, jo.

xo

The Foys said...

The sweetest thing!!

Megan said...

You are a lucky lady :)

amynicole said...

I'm almost positive this was my most favorite blog post. You two are just the CUTEST couple of all time, so classy and full of love.

Sometimes I wish I knew more about my husband, but then he'll tell me a random story or something and it just makes me love him so much more each passing day and I feel more connected each time we learn somethign new about the other.

Wendy said...

That is, officially, the sweetest thing any man has ever done!

Simply Me said...

how absolutely adorable ..i am sure you'll make two lovely parents :)

stealthnerd said...

That is so sweet it made my heart melt a little!

LINDSAY said...

Awww. so sweet.

Elizabeth said...

Seriously, does Alex have a brother? Maybe a dozen of them? Adorable. Beautiful.

Jan (Family BItes) said...

So, so sweet!

Roxy Te Owens said...

Aww Tear! What a precious story!

Zen Yee said...

That is one of the sweetest things I have ever heard.

I'm so happy for you!

Big fan I am! :)

dani kreeft said...

adorable.
completely adorable.
luck lady, you are, jo!

dani. xo.

Ida said...

SO SWEET!

dan& rach. said...

that's really sweet. i'm glad you have a good man!

Heather said...

This is the most romantic thing ever!!

Edana said...

That's adorable. I want bedtime stories. I'd love for my boyfriend to read to me. And I don't want to wait until I'm pregnant for that pillow, it looks so comfortable!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

This made me melt, it is so sweet.

Shannon said...

this is so precious i love this, so beautiful youre so lucky i hope to have someone like him when i get married :)

Alabinbonban said...

wonderful! just like 'One Thousand and One Nights'!

Charmaine said...

That sounds so amazing. I hope my man is just as sweet.

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Christina Angel said...

That is so beyond sweet!Do you read to the baby yet? I started reading to my boys when I was pregnant with each of them every single night though hubby would tease me about it.It really relaxed me.I would rock in the rocking chair,rubbing my big(I was HUGE..LOL) belly and read one of the many books that already lined their nursery shelfs.I honestly think that is why they have such a love for reading now.They get SO excited when they're told we are going to the library like most kids do when they are told they are going to the mall..lol!They are 8 and 10 years old and I have only missed one night of reading to them since they have been born.That is because I was in the hospital with my chrons..lol!It is a wonderful bonding time for everyone even though they are old enough to read themselves.We cuddle up with warm drinks and drift off into a land of make believe right before bed. These are the memories they will take with them into adulthood and pass on to their children.:0)Sounds like your hubby will be a great story teller too*Big smile*

One Womans Thoughts said...

Once upon a time, a man loved his pregnant wife so much that every night he would tuck her into bed and share a lovely story about his life with her and their soon to be born child . . .

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My-Tien said...

how sweet is that for him to read you lull you to sleep. Hope I can one day find someone as sweet as him ;D

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