|Cody's post dinner shotgun snooze|
I have only a few experiences with a child falling asleep in my arms, but they are precious. I can't even begin to imagine what that experience is like when the child is yours, how the connection differs when a genetic bond of parenthood is involved. I've had a few good naps with Hunter, sharing space, but it's not quite the same because dogs trust blindly and sleep effortlessly. Children, on the other hand, can be a bit less predictable.
When I first started off on this path, I thought the payoff from my efforts as a big brother would be laughs, smiles, thank you's, or light bulb moments. There have been a few of those, but I wouldn't say they impacted me in any significant manner yet. Unexpectedly, the few times Cody has fallen asleep while I drive him home have been the most rewarding pieces of our interaction. I get the sense of a job well done. I took care of his needs and his wants and gave him an experience that left him so satisfied that he can retreat from the land of consciousness.
FTR, this photo was taken at a stoplight, although I'm sure it's probably against some law to even touch a cell phone in a car these days...