Monday, September 11, 2006

Too much of a good thing?

I was tired. Over the summer, our five-year-old started coming into our room in the middle of the night: "I can't sleep."

For while I didn't care. I just kept a sleeping bag in our room, at the ready for her entrance at 2:00 a.m. But soon, she was coming in every night. Every. Single. Night.

Waking me up.

When I realized how long this had been going on, I came to my senses. Out came my favorite parenting tool: A chart. She gets to color in one square for every night she stays in her own bed.

As you can see, she is well on her way to a set of "princess" sheets. And I am on my way to much better sleep! Why, oh why, did I wait so long?


Since things were going so well on the sleeping front, this weekend the little girls thought it would be fun to share the crib one night.

There's not much room for their little bodies, tucked in between the stuffed animals! Can you believe it? They made it all night long?

On Sunday afternoon, they were still having fun in the crib, now playing "Naptime." Not seeming to mind their tight quarters, they turned on lullaby music, and I could hear them singing softly and giggling.

Dennis got the video camera out to record their cuteness.

As he ventured closer to the door with the camera, we were disappointed to realize I wasn't going to be able to post this little video moment-in-time on my blog.

In between giggles, they were softly chanting unmentionable potty words!

Where in tarnation did that come from? Sheesh!

And here I thought I was being supermom getting them to stay in their room all night.

Sigh.

Does a mother's work never end?



14 comments:

Shannon said...

We are dealing with the SAME thing right now...a boy who wants to sleep on the floor of our room every night. LOVE the idea of the chart...

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

I love the chart idea too...

Beck said...

Hee hee heee. So naughty.
My four-year-old has started climbing into bed with us when he knows that we're sound asleep - this morning I woke up to the boy, the baby and two cats sleeping either next to or on top of me. I think I'll give your chart idea a try...

Wendy said...

We have used charts for different things and it has almost always worked for my kids. We are now using a chart to help motivate my son to practice reading, so far so good.

Cute pictures of the girls in the crib.

org junkie said...

I think that the two sisters sleeping like that together in the crib is the cutest thing....how precious even despite the potty words...lol. Too funny! Laura

voni said...

:) My little sister used to creep into my top side of the bunk bed in the middle of the night. Your story brought back memories.

lrlwreath said...

love the chart idea. Cute pictures. "Potty words" oh that is like second nature with boys, oh how I had to fight that battle..... but now that they are almost teens, we have to fight "other words". What we deal with is them thinking it is cool to say a word that SOUNDS like the bad word, but isn't. We had to discuss how that is a sin....and how we can lead someone astray with what "sounds like" something bad.

Nope, a mothers work is never done.

Susanne said...

Hate to be the one to break the news, but nope a mother's job is never done, ever! :)

The chart idea for this is great and what a reward! Princess sheets! WooHoo! I'd stay in my bed for those (at that age, of course, ahem)

txmommy said...

love the charT system, it works here too!

Chappyswife said...

Oh, that chart idea is the best ever!!! And your little girls are just dolls. They will love these pictures in their teen years, huh?

Katrina said...

Love the pictures of them in the crib - so adorable!! And the chart is a great idea. I'm really good at allowing bad (or inconvenient) habits to get started, just because it's easier at the time... but then I always pay for it later!

Annie said...

The chart idea is great...I'll have to try that one. I'm thinking I may just send my daughter to you for a bit and you can send her back all trained up!!

Stacey said...

That is HILARIOUS!!!
Just when you though they were sweet little angels!!

Christine said...

Yes, we make up potty-word songs on this end too. Well, I say we, but I'm not involved! Cute pictures!