Sunday, January 30, 2011

the art of stall tactics

Bedtime has become one of the longest, drawn out rituals we have in our home of late.   Like, long long.  Our boy has t-e-n-a-c-i-t-y, that's for sure.  And he is largely non-agreeable to any sleep-type activity that does not involve one or both of his parents in bed with him.   (Well, mostly he's non-agreeable to sleep period, but he is slightly more amenable to it if we're there too.) 

Anyhoo - lately bedtime has become a roughly 1 1/2 - 2 hour process, which goes something like this:

Bath  - 7 p.m.
Tooth brushing - 7:30 p.m.
Stories - 7:40 p.m
I have to pee! -  7:50 p.m.
Snuggles and a myriad of "I love yous"  - 7:51 p.m.
I need some water.  - 7:55 p.m.
You closed the door too far.  - 7:59 p.m.
(We closed the door the same as every other night, honey)
Wahhhhhhh!!!!  - 8:01 p.m.
I have to pee again. - 8:08 p.m.
Can I sleep in your bed?  Your bed is much bigger.  And comfier!  - 8:15 p.m.
I'm not tired.... -  8:17 p.m.
Mama?  Mama?  Are you there? I love you Mama!  I really, really, love you.  All the way to the moon and the stars and back again.   - 8:21 p.m.
Mommy!  Diego is real.  He's NOT just in cartoon land.  When I grow up, I'm going to be an animal rescuer. . . .   and an astronaut . . . and a firefighter. . . . and a pilot.  - 8:30 p.m.
Mama?  Mommy?  - 8:34 p.m.
I love you!  Have a good sleep Mama! - 8:40 p.m.
*chatting away to himself*  - 8:45 p.m.
Will someone come and check on me?  - 8:50 p.m.

And finally, eventually, sleep.  Upon which time, all of our frustrations magically melt away by looking at his ridiculously cute, angelic sleeping face.  This little trick is child-voodoo at its finest.  

And by the time he finally falls asleep - both of his parents are not far behind.  We clearly lack his tenacity for sleep resistance.

1 comment:

  1. My house is the same. I found that not bothering to put them in bed until after 8 pm works wonders for all of our sanity. :P They usually go to sleep at 8:30 or shortly after. If I bother putting them to bed earlier, it just involves a longer struggle and more frustration from me.