In the days following the Christmas high of new toys, lots of people and chocolate Santa sugar rushes we ran into a new bed time oddity. Every night Loren would lay down for a few minutes after we left the room and then stand up, grab a Minnie and call for us like it was morning and time to get up. After trying to ignore it night one we realized it was much simpler to walk back in, pop a binkie in her mouth and lay her back down (without speaking) and she would go right to sleep.
After 5 nights of this new routine, I was over it. So, on Monday night as we were laying her down and about to leave the room I said “Loren, here’s Fifi, here’s Mickey, here’s Minnie, here’s turtle and here’s some water in case you cough, it’s bedtime, so no standing up, no calling mama, close your eyes and go to sleep.
To my surprise, it worked! She wiggled for a little while, but she never stood, she never talked, and she never called us back in.
So, on Tuesday night – I did the same routine again and again, it worked!
On Wednesday night – I started my new spiel and it resulted in this conversation:
Me: Ok, here’s Fifi, here’s Mickey, here’s Minnie, here’s turtle and here’s some water in case you cough…
Loren: It’s night night, no stand, no call Mama.
Me: Wow, that’s very good. Night night, I love you.
Loren (shouting): I loooooove you MAMA! (I love it when she puts so much emphasis on LOVE and MAMA!)
We repeated the same conversation again last night and again it worked. This kid is so smart, it makes me both proud and sad to see her growing up so fast.