Thursday, March 27, 2008

How Not To Run Bedtime.

Sam was pretty much devastated yesterday when his sleepover was canceled. There was some sobbing and lamenting and some rending of garments. In a desperate attempt to placate the little guy, I offered up a sleepover in Quinn's room.

So shortly before 7:30 p.m., Jack and Sam packed up their stuff and crossed the hall to visit Quinn.

Quinn was not pleased about the location of the sleepover. He wanted to be a guest rather than a host. When Sam and Jack brought piles of blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags into his room, Quinn tried to escape to Sam and Jack's room.

Poor little guy was unsuccessful.

Sam offered to read the good night story. So after bath, they all piled onto Quinn's tiny bed and Sam started reading. 24 minutes later, they were still reading. At one point, I heard Sam say, "All right, Quinn, pick a book by yourself. Or if you'd like, Jack can choose. Jack and Quinn, you go together. [Pause.] All right. We can do both of them."

I love that he can read now. I am so proud of him.

At 8 p.m., the door practically bulged outward under the weight of their combined yearning to leave the room: Quinn in search of trains, Sam looking for water, and Jack, who just wanted to lie on the cat.

At 8:15 I had to release them out of Quinn's room and let them go to Sam & Jack's room. Quinn wandered—crying loudly—into his big brothers' room.

At 8:40 I had to remove Quinn from the refrigerator where he was searching for orange juice and put him in his own room all by himself. Sam was disappointed at the disintegration of the sleepover, but I was happier.

And isn't that what really matters?

At 8:46 Quinn was asleep. Jack and Sam followed suit shortly thereafter.

Really, it was a lot easier than a real sleepover would have been.


  1. Sounds like a success to me!


  2. I have somehow successfully convinced my son that he has to be at least 9 years old before he can have a sleepover. Phew!

  3. Thanks, C!

    Kristen, you are a clever woman. I hadn't thought of that!

  4. That's adorable!

    It was so great to meet you last in person!

  5. My (only) child talks of having sleepovers with her cousins. What happens in fact is that she and the slightly older girl cousin end up sleeping with me...

  6. That is awesome! You are so good with your boys :)

    Thank you so much for including me in your ride to the par-tay friday :)

    Lots of fun :)

  7. If I had a $1 for every tine one of my "fun plans" backfired... we've had cousin sleepovers, and while bedtime can be a nightmare, they all get up and play with each other, and don't need mommy - yay!


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