I just watched M, without waking up, react to the baby asleep on his chest becoming fussy by propping her up on his knees and holding her little grasping fingers. When I came over to them, he relaxed his arms and she slipped into mine. I nursed her, and when she fell back asleep, I laid her down beside him again. She woke slightly, and he scooped her up, hummed a song to her and rocked her in his arms for a moment, and they both fell back into a deep sleep. He never opened his eyes or spoke, and I doubt he was really “awake” though he may have come closer to the surface than dreaming.

she is a lucky, lucky baby.