“Hi,” he fumbles with his phone and finally settles down in a spot.
“Hi,” I try to hold back my desire to giggle at just the thought of speaking with him.
“How are you?” he asks and after a few seconds of silence he says, “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing,” I sigh not really wanting to get into it.
“Princess,” he warns and my stomach flips multiple times.
“I’m okay,” I say knowing the repercussions.
“You know okay isn’t a word you can use baby girl, just tell me what’s going on.”
“I had a bad day,” he replies with an ‘and’ which makes me go on to say, “I just felt really bad. I just wanted to sleep all day.”
“Any bad thoughts?” I don’t reply, “Baby you know you need to tell me when this happens so I can help you.”
“I know,” I reply sadly and I can just feel him tense up on the other side.
He sighs, “Why didn’t you tell me?”
“I didn’t want to bother you because you were busy and I just didn’t want to make you feel down because of me.”
“Sweetheart,” he sighs as I, out of habit, press my thumb to my lips, “First of all, you know that you never bother me. Second, if you tell me then I can make you happy which makes me happy.”
“I’m sorry daddy.”
“Don’t be sorry princess, just tell me whenever you are sad. Daddy is here to make his baby girl happy again,” a smile breaks out on my face, listening to him talk to me like that makes me feel little; I haven’t been able to slip into little space at all today. “Are you in bed now honey?”
“Mhm,” I reply holding my favorite stuffed animal, a fox that daddy gave me for my birthday.
“Do you have Red?”
“Next week daddy is gonna be right next to you, and Red, and can give you goodnight kisses but for right now can you give Red a kiss for daddy?” he instructs me, a smile clearly on his face.
Without hesitation I give my fox a kiss and make sure to give him an extra big hug. “I did.”
“Good girl,” I instantly melt and let a little giggle slip out and I hear him laugh lightly on the other side. “I’ve got to go now baby girl and I can’t wait to see you.”
“Me too daddy.”
“Goodnight my princess, I love you very much.”
“I love you too daddy, night night.”
“Sleep well my love.”