Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

It was just a few days ago that Ms. Kaz and I were discussing how we could cut down our daughter’s nighttime rituals because, frankly, it was taking forever to get her to bed. We suspected her intent was to delay bedtime as long as possible.

Here’s a rundown of what we were doing as part of the nighttime ritual:

  • Read Books and have snack
  • Feed the kitties
  • Play Ring-around-the-Rosie (or “Ashes” as she sometimes calls it)
  • Go pee-pee on the potty
  • Wash hands
  • Change diaper
  • Put on jammies
  • Brush teeth
  • Drink a small cup of water
  • Rock, sing and look at books
  • Sing “na-na” song while being held
  • Lay in bed, arrange stuffed toys
  • Rub back and say, “shhh… time for nite-nite”

We were looking for things we could cut out of the routine, so that the routine didn’t last from 7:15pm until 8:15 – 8:45pm. And it was frustrating. Especially when you add the 2-year old’s, “let’s see what we can do to frustrate mommy and daddy” into the mix.

Well, as I mentioned, my daughter has been sick the last three days. Now, we still do the reading and snack. We still do “Ashes”. We make sure to brush the teeth. But, as for the other stuff, she’s not that interested. We try to push the potty, but not to the point of forcing her. But when we’re ready for singing and rocking, and doing the “na-na” song… she doesn’t want to. “Wanna go right to bed,” is what she tells us.

It probably has a lot to do with being sick, and her body letting her know she needs rest and sleep, but, still… I really miss that time spent with her before bed.

“Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” … “Be careful what you wish for” … any number of phrases would apply. I know it is good to reduce the bedtime ritual, but now I miss some of it.


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