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So last night was one of those nights when I put Summer to bed at 7:30 pm and for some unexplainable reason she couldn’t fall asleep until 10:45 pm (I am praying this doesn’t mean it’s time for her to give up her nap).

And then Summer apparently passed the baton to Dylan who suddenly woke up at 11 pm because she was cold.

So I checked her temperature and bundled her up in bed.

And then Dylan woke up again because she had to pee.

So she peed and I tucked her back in.

And then she woke up yet again because of a squirrel nightmare. Apparently, this was one scary squirrel and the only place of safe refuge was my bed.

I finally got her back into her own bed by 12:45 am. Finally, mama can rest.

And then at 5:55 am, I hear Dylan and Summer chatting away in their room. So I lay down the law.

“Girls. It’s too early. It’s still night time. You’ve both been up all night. You’re going to be exhausted. Get back in bed. Don’t talk. Close your eyes. And go back to sleep. I don’t want to hear anything more until 7 am. Nothing. Not a word. I love you very much. Good night.”

I crawl back into bed and close my eyes.

And then at 6:25 I hear it. Two little girls padding down the hall towards our room.


“Yes, Summer?” I sigh.

“What is the name of my ballet teacher?”

“Laura. Miss Laura.”

“That’s right.” And satisfied, they both headed back to their room.

I’m so glad they only bothered me for something really important.

mama bird notes:

I want to send lots of prayers to Anissa who suffered a stroke on Tuesday.Β  The update is here. XO

31 Responses to night owls

  • Kathy says:

    I remember those nights only to well..one of the many reasons I only have one child. I love sleep! Of coarse now that she is a teen I can totally pay her back for those sleepless nights! Now I wake her and ask her random questions. It’s awesome!

  • Crystal says:

    I LOVE the fact that mine are old enough to sleep ALL night, in their own beds…mostly. I have an early riser and 2 late sleepers, yeah – my house is FUN come Saturday morning!

  • hokgardner says:

    Sounds like a typical night at my house. Except my oldest daughter has mastered the trick of scaring me to death by standing right next to my side of the bed and staring at me until I wake up. And the boy woke me up at 5:30 yesterday morning yelling that he wanted jelly beans. I nearly killed him for that one.

  • MN Mama says:

    Mallory no longer naps… I do miss my quiet time in the afternoon but my kids go to bed very very early. It works for us.

  • rimarama says:

    In Dylan’s defence, squirrels can be pri-tee scary.

    But there must have been a full moon last night or something, because my kids were up partying, too. And there was one nightmare, but it centered around a missing letter from the Melissa and Doug puzzle.

  • layla solms says:

    buy yourself one of those handy-dandy punch in, punch out factory worker time-clocks. get a time card. show your munchkins that you “clock – out” when they go to bed.
    that will fix everything.
    i. am. almost. sure.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Hey…it’s Thanksgiving. Be thankful they’re out of diapers, can speak and make themselves understood. They can understand YOU and they’re both healthy….sounds like a bunch of schmaltz…but it’s really true…ask a mother who doesn’t have those little things to be thankful for.

  • francine Kasen says:

    OMG! I just finished reading about your fellow blogger Anissa and my heart is just breaking for her and her family! I also have a friend who had a stroke, and I am happy to say that she has largely recovered. Let’s hope Anissa has a similar recovery!

  • I’ve been worried lately that my 2yr old wants to drop his day sleep. He can’t fall asleep until after 9pm some nights, and is up at 6am, if not before. My 1st did those naps until he was 3 and a half. I had to stop my 2nd son’s naps when he was 4! And then today, I had a nanna nap myself, so let the 2yr old sleep for as long as he liked (I’ve been waking him after an hour & a half). I slept for 2 hours, he slept for 2 and a half. I thought, ‘There’s no way he’ll go to sleep before 9pm tonight!’ Put him to bed at 8pm 2nite, and out like a light! Go figure.

  • Madge says:

    my baby dropped his nap at 18 months! but started going to bed at 6:45 and sleeping till 7…

    now he is seven years old and naps have been replaced with school from 8 – 3.

    school is better.

    hope you get some rest.

  • Shannon says:

    Sounds alot like my house. Ever since daylight savings my little guy has been waking at 5:30/6 am. I go in and tell him the same thing….its not morning yet, its sleep time! There’s a kids clock I’m thinking about getting him that turns to yellow when its time to get up!

  • vodkamom says:

    and then, when they’re NOT home and you have the house to yourself you STILL won’t sleep. You’ll be longing for the days when they only drove tricylces and not MILLION pounds cars.

    I’m just sayin. πŸ™‚

  • LT says:

    Hope they are sleeping more for you. No sleep is challenging (although we did not seem to have a problem with it in college – I guess that is because we were younger and could sleep in till noon. . .)

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