As we started up the stairs to go to bed tonight, Miles turned to me and held his finger to his mouth. "Shhhhh!" he said. "We have to be quiet! The baby's sleeping!" And just what "baby" was he talking about? Well, this: Yes, Miles elected to put the largest stuffed animal he owns in … Continue reading Year 4, Day 59
Bedtime is often a mixed bag with Miles. He's got particular requests/demands that he makes regularly, such as picking out two books, then hearing two stories, then having his back rubbed, etc. I can be eager to get it over with at times, primarily because, at that point in my day, I really need to … Continue reading Year 4, Day 38
As usual, Miles requested a story at bedtime tonight. I decided to make this one interactive. "Once upon a time, long long ago," I started, "Miles found a magic lamp. And he rubbed the lamp and out popped..." "A genie!" Miles exclaimed. "That's right! A genie!" "Yeah! And the genie was Daddy!" "Uh...sure, okay. So … Continue reading Year 4, Day 17
At bedtime, Miles once again demonstrated that he is absolutely my son: Mommy: "Now I want you to hold your dragon tight, and if you do I bet he'll take you on a big adventure in your dreams." Miles: "I don't wanna go on a big adventure. I just wanna stay home."
About ten minutes after we put Miles to bed, he started chanting, "I'm not sleeping, Mommy and Daddy!" Gradually he started doing this in a variety of voices and pitches. Weird? Definitely. But hey, it beats screaming and crying. https://videopress.com/v/G4FS9c9u?preloadContent=metadata TURN VOLUME ALL THE WAY UP TO GET THE FULL (OR ANY) EXPERIENCE.
Over the course of my life, I've spent a LOT of time solving puzzles in Legend of Zelda games. As a parent, all of those finely-honed skills are both paying off and being put to their ultimate test. Tonight for instance, Miles was in what can delicately be described as "a mood." He started out … Continue reading Year 3, Day 299
I came home from trivia tonight to find a weary Jaclyn emerging from Miles's bedroom. "I give up," she said. Just the thing you want to hear after ten hours of work. Miles was in fact not interested in going to sleep, at least not in his bed. "I wanna go sleep in Mommy and … Continue reading Year 3, Day 294
Nights have been pretty quiet lately. Sure, it might take a while to actually get him to go to sleep, but once Miles goes down there isn't much that will truly wake him up anymore. We might hear him talking or crying out during the night, but this typically subsides quickly as he grapples with … Continue reading Year 3, Day 288
I've written previously about Miles's propensity for requesting back rubs, a trait that is very obviously encoded in his genetics. But where once he merely asked for such a service, he now issues demands. "I say rub me!" he ordered the other night as I was preparing to leave his bedroom. Taken aback by his … Continue reading Year 3, Day 274
Miles woke up crying in the middle of the night, and I went to his room to see what was amiss. He had peed -- a LOT -- and needed a wardrobe change and a fresh set of bedsheets. He was still pretty out of it, and in an effort to keep him from completely … Continue reading Year 3, Day 273