Bedtime comes and it's time to pull out the hugs. There are 5 of them actually. It all started when I told my daughter I wanted her to squeeze tight with her hug and she asked "You like squeeze hugs?" Laughed and told her "yes, suppose I do. "
Then off to daddy she went. "Daddy, mommy likes squeeze hugs... what hugs do you like?" His answer was pat hugs! This was the birth of a new hug. Pat hugs you see, you hug and pat the back (obviously).
For awhile, I received squeeze hugs and daddy pat hugs. Till he started to fall asleep on her while hugging. Sleep hugs became the new craze! Now it is preceeded with the proclamation "I slept a lil bit!" and if it is not returned, it is repeated.
The tickle hug is the most recent hug and last to join in the routine of nighttime. Since my kids are very ticklish (it's great to hear a 19 month old come up to you with his hands poised and say "tick-y tick-l tick-y") while hugging one night, I decided to tickle! My daughter was thrilled with the new addition. "We have to show daddy a tickle hug!" Daddy was on a workup, but when he returned, it was one of the first things he received from his daughter.
The pic is a year and a half old now, but it's one of the best hugs :)