There are some days that Miles goes without a nap and then, right around dinner time, he staggers over to the couch and does this: Our response is unified and immediate: "Oh NO you don't! You're not taking a nap NOW!"
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."
For whatever reason, the last two nights have been extremely restless ones for Miles, typified by suddenly calling out around midnight, then descending into wailing that ultimately brings one of us into his bedroom in an (unsuccessful) attempt to coax him back to sleep. “NO! WE DID IT ALREADY!” Miles shouted to an undetermined recipient … Continue reading Year 3, Day 344: Sounds of the Night-time X
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
When he was a bit younger, we would always play some ambient sound for Miles as he went to sleep. Ocean sounds, rainforest sounds...anything that would help him mellow out. He hasn't really wanted this in a while, but I still ask most nights just in case he might change his mind. Tonight, he actually … Continue reading Year 3, Day 272
Every night, about an hour after he goes down, I quietly enter Miles's bedroom to check on him. I make sure he's situated snugly in bed, that his covers are on, and I dim his night light. Usually, even when I have to tug him back into the center of his bed, he sleeps through … Continue reading Year 3, Day 270
Today's naptime in the Martin household went absolutely swimmingly. https://videopress.com/v/2B3mTXrH?preloadContent=metadata
Last night was a restless one for me or Jaclyn. Miles managed to sleep pretty well, thankfully, with the exception of an incident around 4:30 in the morning. As I was tossing and turning in bed, the relative silence was pierced as Miles's voice suddenly came blaring through the monitor."I don't want it! I don't … Continue reading Year 3, Day 110: Sounds of the Night-time VII
One way in which our lives have changed as a result of COVID-19 is that I'm no longer hosting trivia twice a week. And while that's going to be a small financial hit for us right now, bedtime has gotten substantially better for Miles. No longer content to have one parent read to him and … Continue reading Year 3, Day 23
Holy. MACKEREL. There are days (most of them), where despite the hardships, it's clear that being a parent is the most touching and rewarding experience of my life. Then there are days -- not many of them, but they're out there -- where I start to think about walking outside, climbing into the car, and … Continue reading Year 2, Day 362