Usually, I put Jonas to bed and Megan puts Eliza to bed. While Megan and Eliza are reading together, Jonas and I are doing our thing. We’re lucky that this kid goes down easy: diaper change, lay him in bed, give him kisses, turn out the light, say ni-night, done. No muss, no fuss. Sometimes we throw a book into the mix, but he’s more attentive to books during the day. Most of the time he likes me to hold him up so he can set his glow-in-the-dark solar system above his bed in motion. But there are very few frills in our routine.
Now that Jonas is learning to speak in full sentences, I have a feeling that’s all about to change.
Last night, before I put him down, we picked up his room. He did a really good job of putting his toys away. Awesome toddler.
I checked to make sure he was dry, and I told him to get in bed, but he said, “Boook!” and ran to the big-kid bookcase in the hall (the boardbooks are in his room, but the children’s picture and chapter books are in the hall). He picked a big, long book filled with Sesame Street characters (he’s really into Elmo right now). He sat and snuggled through the whole thing (which is a big deal for on-the-go Jonas).
So I laid him down, he said he was poopy (he was potty), so I changed him and laid him back down.
Then he asked for a “bite” (drink) but I said no.
Then he asked to kiss Mommy and “Eye-za”.
So they came in to oblige.
And then he got to undergo a giant photo-shoot as a reward for his cuteness, as per Nerd Nest protocol.
He thinks he’s got us, but it’ll only work once, dude. What impressed me most is that I didn’t even know he knew most of the (incomplete) sentences he was saying: it’s like he’s just talking all of a sudden. Not just words here and there, but really communicating what he wants. It’s so cool.
I remember Eliza-as-a-toddler going through every possible combination of things to do to prolong bedtime. Book, proper kisses, drink, bathroom visit, a lost blankie or toy… I’m sure all parents are familiar with these tricks. For E, we finally solved this issue by not allowing any get-out-of-bed reasons to hold up after the book was read except for bathroom visits. If she wanted a drink or a stuffed animal, she’d have to make sure she had it before that book was over. It worked really well then and those rules still hold up now that she’s a big ‘ole first grader. Looks like we’re going to have to lay down the law on the baby now too.