Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Nocturnal Musical Chairs

It's a quarter till 8pm. Daisy has been in bed for two hours and fifteen minutes (explanation to follow) and Perry and Calvin in bed for forty-five. Perry came out about a half hour ago and said that he needed to wipe his nose. I gave him a handkerchief and sent him back to bed. I've been checking my e-mail for a little while now and he just popped out of his room again--mind you, he's supposed to be asleep and not getting out of his bed. Handing me his handkerchief all wadded up into a ball he said, "this handkerchief doesn't work anymore."


"Oh, because God made it that way."

I guess he's heard that answer a lot.

Now, as for why Daisy went to bed so early this evening? That's an easy one. No nap this afternoon. You know, I used to hear people talk about their young children that refused to nap and think That's not going to be me. They'll take a nap until I'm good and ready for them to quit. I don't care if they're 18. Well, this afternoon Daisy refused.

She refused at least eight times.

She got up numerous times in her room and I was so afraid she would wake up Perry that I finally put her down in the Pack 'n Play I have set up in my room for Calvin (The last time I found her awake and out of her bed she had crawled in with Perry and was reading. All while Perry was asleep!).

In my room she got up too many times to count. Eventually it was time for Calvin to go down for a nap so I just stuck him in his crib in the kids' room. Then when Daisy got up again I tried laying down with her in my bed. Of course that didn't work either.

So, no nap for Daisy today.

David has been out most of the day today so it was just the kids and I for dinner tonight. At about 5:15 or so Daisy was a little fussy. I told her that if she kept up the complaining I would send her to her room. I was just remembering that she hadn't taken a nap this afternoon when she got down from her highchair, walked to her room and shut the door. I'm embarrassed to say I was too busy scarfing down my dinner to pay her much notice. When I had had my fill I checked on her. I found her asleep on Perry's bed. I closed the door and let her stay there, thinking I'd sort it all out later.

About an hour later she woke up crying. When I went in to check on her she didn't actually seem to be very wakeful. I asked her if she wanted to go to bed and she nodded her head (it's hard to respond verbally when you're sucking on your fingers). I picked her up, put her in her bed and I haven't heard a peep from her since.

I really hope tomorrow is an easier day than today was.

Oh, and by the way, in case you're wondering, we did discipline her each time we caught her out of bed.


Rachel said...

This entry was perfect..... I can just watch it all happening as I read it! Thanks for taking the time to write, it is such a blessing! Love to you all!

Anonymous said...


If Daisy is this strong headed and determined now. You will have your hands full when she is a teenager.


Rachel said...


I'm sure! I've thought of this many times. What on earth am I going to do...? I guess we'll just take one day at a time and be willing to change what we're doing when we realize it's not working.

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The Aardvark said...

Moar blogging, pls.

...as the kids say!

Thank you again so VERY much from me and my family for the lovely evening we spent with you all.

Rachel said...


I'll try, I've just been so busy lately. Thanks so much for enjoying the blog. And any time you come through again, you're welcome to come by. I loved meeting your family!

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