February 21, 2009

Midnight Madness

I have a bad habit.

My kids ARE NOT snugglers. And I am a snuggler. So ever since Eli was a baby, the only time I could snuggle him was in the middle of the night when he was sleeping. And so my bad habit emerged. Some nights, right before I would go to bed, (usually around midnight), I would sneak in his room, get him out of bed, bring him in my bed, and snuggle, snuggle, snuggle him. He is was such a great sleeper that usually he would  sleep through it.

Through the years I have continued to do this,and have now included Hallie in my bad habit. Only Hallie is not such a great sleeper, and so when I get her out of bed, and bring her to my room and try to snuggle her, she wakes up, fights being snuggled,  and it ends up being a time where Ryan and I laugh at her because she acts so silly. (Because my kids are always sillier when they are woken up in the middle of the night).

Well, the other night Ryan was watching the kids and getting them ready for  bed. He later told me of a conversation that conspired between Eli and himself.

ELI: Dad, I want to wear my red pajamas that match Hallie. (Their Christmas pajamas).

RYAN: Why?

ELI: Because then mom will sneak in my room and get me out of bed. Then sneak into Hallie's room and get her out of bed. And bring us into her bed. (I am pretty sure the last time I got them both out of bed they were wearing their matching pajamas. So I am sure in his little mind it only happens when they are wearing matching pajamas).

RYAN: Ok. We will put your matching pajamas on. (laughing).

So what was a mother to do?

Sneak into their rooms in the middle of the night and get them out of bed, of course.

This is what I wanted to happen:


This is what really happened:

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The best part is. When I am done playing, I just tuck them back in thier own beds, and the quickly drift back to sleep. No arguing, crying, or fussing.

I love our midnight playdates!


Dave and Melissa said...

I love it!

Annie said...

Have you ever read that book "I'll Love You Forever?". That's what this reminds me of. I, on the other hand would rather die than disturb my kiddies slumber for fear they would never go back to sleep.

Anonymous said...

what cute little snugglebugs. i can't believe how big their getting. your such a good mom. we need to get together soon.

Lindsay said...

You are so cute! Your kids will love hearing these stories when they are older.

Sierra said...

Are you insane? You must not turn into the grinch when awake in the middle of the night like me...

R. Teeples said...

I fill the Grinch role when I'm woken up.

Savage Family said...

That is so sweet!

Key Fam said...

They are too cute! Mine don't go back to sleep very well once up in the night. And for me...I am worse than the grinch...and more so in the morning after waking up in the middle of the night!
Anyways, you are really good at the whole decorating thing. I absolutely LOVE the colors in your house! I didn't know you did pink/green in Hallie's room! I DO remember Eli's with the green/orange...that's a great combo! Thanks again for the info for your glazing. I'll let you know how my painting experiments go and show you pics too. I LOVE painting, and can't wait to try out different colors and techniques! You can come down and help me anytime! :) It's only 75 degrees here right now!

Tiffany said...

That's really sweet. That's nice that they go back to sleep.

Jenny W said...

I love that story....Way to find a way to cuddle after all! How great they will go right back to sleep, too....And love the matching pj's :)

Sarah Mangone said...

Cute! I do the same thing with Luke :) We've never had a fun party though!

Luke wants to know what you guys are doing, so we came to your blog. He wants to make sure that you know that he says, "Hi, Aunt Lessley, Hi"

So there you go, consider the message delivered!

Nagels said...

cute :) fun making memories.

Key Fam said...

Thanks...I love the black with the red too, it just pops. :) And I'm with you on the clocks...LOVE THEM! I really want a BIG clock...someday :)