Last night as he was trying to fall asleep, (for reasons passing all understanding), Benjamin decided that once we were asleep, he was going to come into our room and climb into bed with me to snuggle. And in that way that I have of not inviting conversation when I am trying to get him to sleep, I gave a perfunctory and dismissive (yet relaxing sounding) “Mmm Hmm” or “O.K.” rather than discuss the issue with him and bother trying to talk him out of it.
Well, when Benjamin gets an idea in his head, he can be quite stubborn, so he then put his mind to waiting us out so that once we went to bed he could tiptoe in. Of course, lying in bed trying to stay awake can be a bit dull when you are four and a quarter, so this rather benign sounding goal engendered some rather impish antics:
First, Benjamin quietly got out of bed and moved his door from being only slightly ajar to wide open. He then quietly got back into bed and then, not so quietly, rolled over on to the floor. “Daddy! Mommy! I fell out of bed!!” So we went in and obliged this little show, picked him up, and put him back in bed.
A few minutes later we went to see if any progress had been made towards sleep and we found something quite remarkable. Benjamin was sitting up with his quilt over his head with a flashlight and his Magic Schoolbus book underneath. This may not at first blush strike you as very funny…but please remember…Benjamin can’t read.
And similarly, the next check-in showed little progress toward sleep. The little clown had turned himself around so that his pillow was where his feet go and his feet were where his head go. He was patiently waiting for us to find him in this silly position and absolutely cracked up when we did. It was in this backward position that we finally got him to sleep…We had to pick him up and turn him around once he was snoring.
And at 5:45 a.m. he remembered his declaration and came a-shuffling in to our room and climbed on in. Luckily he snuggled right in with me and we got another half hour of sleep before Miss Gabrielle decided to start the day!