So-I get my babies into bed between 7 and 7:30 pm. Early for some of you out there, but for us, my boys need the rest as do Kit and I. They are allowed to "read" books until they fall asleep, which depending on the day can be within minutes, but usually within a half-hour. Some nights it is so simple to put them to bed...others, not so simple. Josiah is usually quiet and no problem. Gavin, on the other hand, is often full of queries, complaints and requests. Tonight for example:
G: Are you putting Gunner to bed?
M: Yes, go to sleep, Gav.
G: Mommy, I gotta go pee-pee! (I took him before bed)
M: Ok, come on out and go. (Meanwhile I'm reading Gunner his story and getting him into bed)
**I tuck G into bed again after he manages to squeeze out a couple of drops**
G: Mommy, I need one more teeny-tiny "gink", just one (meanwhile G is banging on the door and getting Jos all riled 'cause he's opening and closing the door)
M: Ok...now go TO sleep (after his "teeny-tiny" drink)
G: Mommy, I gotta go pee-pee!
M: You just went
G: But I have to!!
M: Ok...but you have to go to bed after this, no more anythings
G: We can't go talk? (where does he come up with it?)
M: No, to bed. Where's your pee-pee? (as we stand there and nothing is coming out)
G: No pee-pee...my batteries are out. Maybe you could get me new ones.
M: Maybe it just means it is bedtime.
After a couple of kisses, big Dumbo (a large stuffed elephant) is tucked in, and one more tiny "gink" , little man is off to bed and asleep within minutes. Ahhh, my house is quiet...