There's a lovely new book that's not quite on the market yet called "Go the F**k to Sleep". Have you seen it? I got a copy of the PDF from a friend. When I first looked at it, I didn't realize that it's going to be an actual book. I thought it was a really (really) elaborate joke email. I have to admit that even though it made me laugh, I cried a little, too. Someone else gets it, someone else knows, oh sweet mother of little lambs, someone else curses the night, too.
At least a couple of nights a week things go a little something like this...fight about bathing, run around naked (not me - the kids, I'm not a perv), put on pajamas, read books, fight over who turns out the light, sing Baa Baa Black Sheep, sing Twinkle Twinkle, sing Baa Baa again. Go downstairs, argue with the big kid about brushing teeth, send her to bed. Ignore littlest girl calls from upstairs. Send big kid back to bed complaining about having nothing to read (despite new library books on the shelf). Forced to respond to middle girl calls, take her to the bathroom. Sing Baa Baa again and again and again (why does she like this song so much?). Argue with big kid more about the irrelevance of having nothing to read since it's past time to turn out the light. Pleas from middle kid for more milk. Listen to big kid's loud sobs from her room about the unfairness of life. Take turns with husband calming her down enough for sleep to take over.
And a mere two hours after "bedtime" all the children are asleep. Of course, at least one of them will wake up during the night (usually the littlest one - whereupon I will sleep walk to her bed and bring her back to mine) and then the awakening will begin no later than 6:00am (lately it's been trending more toward 5:30am).
Why-o-why can't they go the f to sleep AND stay that way till a decent hour?!