I have a love/hate relationship with bedtime.
I love it because that leads to my quiet time but hate it because it’s battle royal until I leave the room. Yes, we have screaming, crying, whining, kicking and general tempertanrumary. That’s what I hate.
Eli is the worst. That boy can throw a tantrum like no other. Let’s take this morning for example. We got up around 10 am. I did the usual morning routine; go to their room, change their pull-ups, clothes and head downstairs to the kitchen for some breakfast. Our kitchen is right next to the living room so I turn on Spongebob for them to watch while I fix their eggs/waffles/pancakes/cereal/oatmeal…whatever I feel like making for the day. Well, Mr. Eli decided he just was not happy this morning. Not sure why, but he was just a sour puss…all day. So, he’s in the living room and as I’m scanning the channel guide (I love you Verizon Fios BTW) and he just flips out. It was a 30 minute tantrum. At first I asked him what was wrong. He just screamed. I tried holding him and he threw his body around. I sat there and he ran around, screaming, crying and threw himself on the couch.
What did I do?
Got up and went to the kitchen to cook.
He followed me.
I have had a migraine all day.
So tonight. He didn’t nap…again. We have given up all napping. It’s about 10:15 pm, they (Greg and both boys) let me take a 2 hour nap, so it was bedtime for them. Everybody goes happily upstairs. We change pull-ups, play for a bit, get a few toys in the bedroom and then we announce “BEDTIME!”. So starts the tantrums.
Brett isn’t so bad. He just cries for a bit then drinks his juice. Eli, oh no. He keeps on going.
Now, they have a tv in their room. Yes, we are those parents that give their kids a tv in their room. It’s usually just background noise for them while they play. They picked their movie, had their toys (they don’t fall asleep right away.), juice and a clean diaper.
Why is that child screaming?
It’s the never ending battle.
Eli: NO! NO! NO!
Mommy: Yes, yes, yes!
Eli: WHY! (yes, he’s screaming at me)
Mommy: It’s obvious that you’re tired and need to sleep.
Mommy: Because little boys need sleep.
Mommy: It helps you grow and your body needs rest.
Eli: NO! NO! NO!
Mommy: Yes, yes, yes. Now goodnight.
Eli: NO! NO! NOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mommy: I’m not arguing with you Eli James. (I’ve been told I talk to them too much like they’re bigger…but eh I was never the baby talker. Why belittle kids?)
Eli: NNNNNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
Mommy: I love you.
Brett: (pointing to his eye, heart than me) I uv ew.
Mommy: I love you too.
Eli: NO! NO! NO! (while kicking and punching his bed)
That was how bedtime was today.
I’m purchasing a wonderful new bedtime book “Go the F*ck to sleep!” by Adam Mansbach.
That man understands the bedtime pains.