January 12, 2010

Bedtime Routine

I have never been one of those mom's who puts her kids on a strict schedule and then sticks right to it.  My kids all seem to find their own routine and we go along with it. But, none more so than my son.  He is two.  He has created his own bedtime routine, and if it is not followed to the world, watch out.

Me: "Should we sing a song?"
Him: "Yes."
M: "What should we sing?"
H: "Poporn" (Popcorn popping on the Apricot tree)
M: (sings Popcorn.  Only the fact that I am holding a baby excuses me from the hand motions)
M: "Now what should we sing?"
H: "Twinkle"
M: (sings Twinkle, Twinkle little star)  Now what?
H: "Hmmmm. Wheels on Bus!"
Me: (Sings Wheels on the Bus.  Must sing at least 5 verses. And during the wipers on the bus verse, I am interupted)
H:  "Paper fell in the water. Duck got it."
M: "Yes. That's right. Your paper fell in the water." (finish singing Wheels on the Bus) "Now what?"
H: "ABC's"
M:  (singing Alphabet song, somewhere near the end I am interrupted.)
H: "S! S! Sing S!"
M: (re-sing QRS and finish.) "Okay, last song."
H: "Jingle Bells!"
M: (singing Jingle Bells.  About halfway through, I am interrupted.)
(He doesn't completely understand the meaning of the word.  I freeze, but unless I say "Okay, I'm frozen," he keeps yelling Freeze!)
M: (finish singing Jingle Bells.)  Okay, good night.


Camryn said...

LOL--We have the same thing going on at my house. I thought about blogging about it too. :)

My 4 y/o has a routine that has to be followed strictly or else....

It requires blinking eyes, holding your breath, and freezing one arm in a certain position while she drinks her bedtime water.

I love the creative inventions of a child's mind!

Momza said...

Well how cute is that? Only my youngest has a bedtime routine that she and her daddy have made up...it includes blowing a raspberry in the closet to flush out the monsters.
Enjoy his bedtimes!

blueviolet said...

Those little minds are just flurries of thoughts! :)

Barbaloot said...

What a patient mom to sing so many songs! I like the freeze part best:)

Lourie said...

HAhaha. You are a saint. By the end of the day I am so frazzled I can't even think straight, let alone sing...how many songs was that??? I have started reading to my son. It's a nice way to end the day.

wonder woman said...

Little kids seem to be suckers for routine. We don't read the same book every night, but there are certain books that have pieces of commentary that MUST be interjected.

Rochelle said...

my kids actually have a strict bedtime routine, that i implemented to make my life easier. They add or subtract things here and there, but it generally includes brushing teeth, reading three books, prayers, kisses, saying goodnight and I love you at least 700 times, then lights out. There is one modification when their dad puts them to bed, which is, he has to sing "the goat song" whatever that means!

Linds said...

Cute little guy. Although when it's your kid and your exhausted and desperately trying to put him in bed so you can go do dishes, laundry and everything else that has to be done before midnight...

Emmy said...

Well as long as doesn't keep trying to add more and more songs you should be able to survive :)

Jo said...

wow that's a lot of songs! Most of the time my kids only get two songs, Aiden prefers a jazzy blues version of popcorn and James likes incy wincy spider climbed up mommy's nose or some other version which he gets to pick!

Mrs. Townsley said...

Can Seth be my new best friend?

Erin said...

Kids are so cute when they do stuff like that!

Loralee and the gang... said...

Wow, so so cute! And you have some deep wells of patience. Props to you!

Melinda said...

The only routine my kids have for bedtime is finding a thousand and one excuses for not going to bed. Its ridiculous. :)

Emma said...

I love that story, I also have a two year old and they know just how they like things. Mine doesn't let me read her a story she likes me to sit by her and then she just looks at the pictures!!

Enjoy tonight routine!

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