Thursday, July 7, 2011

You Want Me to Go to Sleep, Right?

Flik has been taking longer and longer to fall asleep at night. He's 4 1/2, doesn't nap, and has a 7:00 bed time. But lately, he's been falling asleep closer to 8:30. Maybe it's that it's still light out, maybe it's something else, I don't know. As a result, we have begun to let him read books in bed and view it as quiet time before he goes to sleep. However, he is now calling for us more and coming out of his room on occasion, where before he knew perfectly well that coming out of his bed, much less his room, was not allowed. Now he sits on the end of his bed where he can see me sitting on my bed in my room. He will occasionally call out that he wants me and/or Daddy to join him or that he wants to sleep in our bed. Tonight he called out something from his room and I responded to him not to yell because his brother was sleeping. So of course he took that to mean that he should come into our room where he could speak at a more reasonable volume. (Not what I had in mind.) When he arrived in our doorway, he proceeded with the following argument:

Flik: You want me to go to sleep, right? 
Mommy: Yes. 
Flik: And you want me to go to sleep quickly and easy, right? 
Mommy: Yes. 
Flik: Then the best way to get me to go to sleep quickly and easy would be for you or Daddy to come sleep in my bed OR if I can sleep in Mommy and Daddy's bed. BUT!!! Since you and Daddy can't fit in my bed as easy, it is really best if I just sleep in here.
This would normally be the point where I try very hard not to laugh while I sternly tell him to go back to bed, but he was just to darn funny. So instead I grabbed my iPhone and pointed it at him. Since he knew instantly that I was recording him, he kindly proceeded to repeat the above argument for me so that I could get it all on video without even having to ask. (Oh the things he's willing to do for me when he's in bed time stalling mode.)

Sadly, once he was done, he was sent back to his room and to his bed. But he did get a Mommy escort and an extra story out of it.