We (my mom and I) are writing letters to my daughter, Ellie (as though we were having a tea party long distance). These weekly letters not only chronicle our lives but they include memories, lessons, favorite recipes, dreams, and lots of love. We hope that one day Ellie will pass these letters on to her children. And in the process, we are having so much fun blogging about our experiences as 3 generations (and drinking our tea as we write)!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Life Lesson Month of April: Blog 2- Letters from Mom & Mimi
I am once again going to write about bedtime...
Life Lessons Learned
#6: There are many reasons why
bedtime with a toddler can take long, so be prepared by addressing all of these excuses
right before lights out (as said from Ellie herself):
1. Well, when you go to bed then I’ll go to bed.
2. I have a hangnail, I need a bandaid.
3. I have a cut (that to the naked eye is
invisible), I need a bandaid.
4. (About 7 minutes later), Look my cut is
gone! It’s all better! I don’t
need the bandaid anymore!
5. I have a bump on my head (again, invisible), I
need a bandaid.
6. I have to go potty (for the third time in 3
7. I’m itchy, I need Aquafor (all over every inch
of your body apparently).
8. My socks are too tight (even though you wore them
all day), I need new ones.
9. Can you tell me the story of the day I was born?
you sing me another song?
you read me one more book?
see my sad face!
hungry. My stomach’s saying ‘I’m
hungry, I’m hungry!’ (wonder where she got that from?).
day is today? (Thursday) What day is tomorrow? (Friday)
need one more pretend drink of water (from her play kitchen in her room).
need a real drink of water.
need to put my slippers away (that you haven’t worn for days and they have
already been sitting out of the way).
18. Can you fix my blanket?
didn’t put on your pajamas yet!
need to check something (as you wonder around your room aimlessly).
need to tell Daddy something.
forgot to tell Daddy goodnight.
need a tissue.
you want to talk? No? How about tomorrow then?
to the top of your bookshelf) I need you to get me the game Candy Land (no
Ellie, we will play it tomorrow)… Well, if we play it tomorrow, why can’t I
play it tonight?
26. It's still light outside! How about if I wait until it gets dark? (Oh boy- it's not even close to June 21 yet!)
You usually ask for an extra book to read to yourself after I
kiss you goodnight and I always agree to that for two reasons. One, I want to encourage you to read
(and I did the same thing as a kid) for you to see that books are magical. Two, I love hearing you read aloud when
I am downstairs. Your memory for
these stories is incredible and sometimes I can’t help but come back into your
room and have you read to me.
The three main reasons though that I will always come back
to your room after lights are out, is when you say, “I need one more kiss!” or
“I need one more hug!” or “Do you want to snuggle with me?” I can’t get enough of any of those!
I know this list will grow… as I figure out how to check
these off before I leave your bedroom, you always come up with something new to
try to get me back in!