we read the worst witch
and I take the eldest to bed
but I’m too tired to take the other two
and stroke their heads until they nod off
so they stay with me in our big bed
and the middle one curls into me
and the youngest curls into him
and at 1am I wake and see we’re
all on one half of the bed
and my husband isn’t there
but if I shift the toddler closer to the edge
he might fall out
so I wake my husband from the
toddler’s bed where he’s sleeping
and ask him to take the middle one
to his top bunkbed and when he does that
I can spread out my limbs
until the littlest nuzzles his head into my
back where it stays until we rise.