My kids have always been perfect little bedtime angels, always going to sleep without a fuss.
Sometimes we read stories and or sang songs when they were little, but they didn’t beg for more or cry if they missed them. In fact, my mom likes to tell the story of when she was taking care of Liam as a baby and she tried to rock him and sing him lullabyes. He just pointed to his crib and wanted to sleep.
No escaping from their rooms, no screaming for another glass of water, no trying to convince us that they’re not tired.
Aidan walks with assistance; usually we hold his hand and cradle his back just in case. Every day he gets stronger, more determined, and more opinionated. He can direct his walking by turning his body.
And last night he turned every which way but to bed. He walked all around his fancy new bathroom and took a tour of the shower; he walked into the tiny bathroom and stepped backwards when he realized there was really nowhere to go; he went into his brother’s room and started knocking stuff off the shelves. Each time we approached the threshold of his room he adamantly turned away.
I gave him clear directions, “It’s time for bed. Please go to your room.” Aidan is smart enough to know exactly what I meant.
Of course, I’m bigger than him and his movement ultimately depends on me. But all behavior is communication and he should have a chance to be a little punk. It helps that he’s super cute and it doesn’t help that I was maybe giggling a little.
I blame his powerchair. It’s made him more interested in his surroundings, more independent, and more motivated to move.
My life was easier when Aidan was smaller, less mobile, more dependent. But I must say, for now, I love this trouble maker phase.
To end the night in a most awkward way, I picked Aidan’s feet up off the ground, shuffled him to his room proclaiming, “I promise, Aidan, that kids all over the world get sent to bed against their will kicking and screaming.” I also promise that no parent has ever taken such joy in that moment as I did.
In other news, we got a really big amazing surprise today that you would know about if you followed us on Facebook. It’s going to take some time to process and research but I will write about it soon.