Both the kids have their own funny bedtime “things” going on right now.
Layla is a pretty good sleeper. Typically she’s ready to go to sleep and doesn’t put up a fight, although in the last couple of weeks she has put up some resistance some nights. She sleeps with tons of dolls, stuffed animals, and blankets. Her least favorite of these she relegates to one end of her crib, where her feet go. I tried taking them out recently, thinking she didn’t care for them all that much so wouldn’t miss them, but she put them right back in after looking at me kind of like, “What are these doing HERE?” Her favorite things (various dolls, blankets, and a purple horse pillow) she will stack up as high as she can and then lay her head and torso on top of the stack. I always wonder how long she stays like that before she falls off. We always check on them before we go to bed and it’s no surprise that the stack has toppled by that point.
She is very sweet when she wakes up. More often than not she wakes up first (and in that regard, too early), so everything is dark when I go get her and I am also still waking up. I will get her out of her bed and cuddle with her on her rocker before any lights are turned on. My hope is always that we’ll both drift off, but that never happens. She will lie there quietly snuggling with me for a while with her head on my shoulder, and after a few minutes she will lift her head up, say “hi” and then give me a kiss. That’s usually when the spell is broken and the day officially begins, but I can’t think of a better way to break a spell.
Hayden does all sorts of funny things at bedtime. He has had his routine forever – 2 books, songs, bed. In the last few months he doesn’t like it to be too dark in his room, so when his two night lights weren’t enough we started leaving his closet light on. Then after a while he was shouting to us that it was too bright in his room for him to sleep. So now when he goes to bed there is a lot of quilt adjustment to try to make a shadow over his eyes but still have there be enough light that if he feels like he needs to look around he can be assured. Often when we check on him his head is completely under the quilt.
He also really likes to procrastinate at bedtime, as well as see what excuses he can come up with for us to come back into his room. Normally that means shouting (always as soon as our feet have hit the last step) that he is thirsty. For the longest time one of us would tread back up the stairs (while our dinner got cold) and give him a drink. Now we try to make sure he has water by his bed and that he knows he can get up and go potty whenever he wants (since that was another excuse for so long). The other night he was shouting to us about being thirsty and I shouted back up that he had water by his bed. He shouted back at me that there wasn’t any, so I said to go into the bathroom and get some. He came out of his room and was looking down the stairs at me with the cutest expression of enjoying this new freedom. He got the water and came back to the top of the stairs to show me that he was drinking it, then procrastinated a little more oscillating between bathroom and bedroom, still with that cheeky look on his face. He again came to the top of the stairs where he could see me below and said, “I love you!” and went to bed. That is indeed an indication of how much he was procrastinating, as usually have to prompt him to say “I love you” after I say it to him, and he acts like it might physically harm him to say it. 😉