Please… GO TO SLEEP!
There’s a magical time in every parents’ day. It’s that moment where all of your kids are in bed, hopefully sleeping and you can breathe a sigh of relief that you survived another day. Whew. You can get busy cleaning the breakfast dishes, fold some laundry, and maybe even watch a grown up TV show! (GASP!) Then… it happens. That unmistakable “Mommmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyy!” or even worse, the “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH” from the baby. I don’t know about you, but for me this causes instant outbursts of profanity. Now my boys are both very good sleepers, we are really lucky. But lately Anthony has been getting worse and worse about dragging out the bedtime routine. Tonight took the cake.
All I can say is the kid is right on track for the Academy Awards. It started with a “Mommy, can I have one more story; there’s too much light in my room; it’s too dark in my room; which led to”Mommy, I’m just having trouble settling down, my toys are freaking me out” (which sounds pretty funny coming from a 5 year old). When this didn’t work, he stepped it up a notch. Went for the “I’m scared of my room; my night light is making me upset; I need one more hug”: so on and so on. Every attempt on my part to stop the madness failed. At one point he stood on the balcony looking over the railing at us, proclaiming that his heart hurt and he just needed some love. (SO DRAMATIC!!)
Finally after losing pretty much all of his privileges for tomorrow, he came back with “My lotion is frustrating me!” His LOTION. Ahhhhh! All of this took an hour. That hour was earmarked for exercise. So much for that plan!
One thing I realized, years ago, was that if we gave in for just one night, and either went into his room, or let him stay up late, he’d make us (me) pay for it for the next 5 nights by getting up over and over again. It’s one of the reasons I am normally pretty strict about bedtimes. This seems to be the way summer is going. It’s been kind of a free for all. Next week my goal is to try to reign things back in, but it’s going to be a VERY long day tomorrow!
I don’t know if it’s because I have two now, if I’m trying to do too many things or if I’m just getting lazy, but things feel like the days are progressively a little more out of control. It’s making me crazy, and I really don’t think it’s doing Anthony any favors. Any one have any ideas for how to keep some normalcy in a summer vacation world?