Getting small person in bed and asleep has been a battle for some time. Recently it’s been getting a bit better. He even has “Sleepy” cream from Lush. Tonight he was all over the place, not listening, demanding “just a little snack”, walking up and down the hallway, and throwing his blankie about the shop.
We got upstairs and I sat on the edge of the bed with him, while he demanded a book. A book (and sometimes either Lava or Somewhere Over The Rainbow) is a nightly tradition, so he does know that when I say no book, he’s been naughty.
“No, you haven’t listened so you need to lie down, and be quiet. If I don’t hear anything, I’ll be back up and we’ll read a book.”
“Book!” (This staccato single word responses are a fairly new thing and they’re effing annoying)
“You would like a book, yes? Well I’d like you to lie down. Please lie down and think about why you don’t have a book, and why you’ve been naughty this evening. Do some reflective thought”.
Hrmph. Small moan.
No question about “reflective thought”.
“I’ll be back up, but if you’re not quiet then I’ll be back up and still no book.”
I went back and had dinner… silence. I went back up as I said I would, knowing he’d probably be asleep.
I guess the reflective thought process worked. I pulled the blankie out from under him and pulled up the covers. Stifling a snigger as he looked like he’d planked the bed.