Bedtime Battles

Kids love playing on giant piles of plowed up snow.

By 8:45pm every night, I am mentally exhausted.  Do you know what it is that exhausts me so?   Putting the kids to bed!  Yes, we have four boys, but when it comes to bed time in this house we have two issues, one wild card, and one dependable sweetheart.

Can you guess which is which?

The sweetheart is John David.  Get him good and cozy, pop a pacifier in his mouth, and he is on his way to sleep.

Caleb is the wild card.  If he’s good and tired, then he and Joshua will talk for a few minutes, and then Caleb will go to sleep.  If Caleb goes to sleep early, that leaves Joshua to his own imagination for a while, until sleep starts to pull him in, and then he often has some anxiety.  If Caleb is all excited, there will be a party up there for them, and a headache for us.

Lately, though, our biggest bedtime battler is…..Daniel.

Oh, I love him soooooo much.  He is beautiful, he is helpful, he is darling, but at bedtime…..well, at bedtime he’s the kind of toddler that makes people eat donuts when they know that they shouldn’t!

I have never had a kid fight going to bed this hard!  O wait, no, that’s not true!  How soon one forgets.  Joshua was like this sometimes too, and I often had to stay by his side and rub his head until he went to sleep.  Now we are at this stage with Dan.

We have tried EVERYTHING.  Tonight, I finally ended up sitting with him and rubbing his head too.  A funny thing happened when I finally just gave in and stayed with Daniel and rubbed his head until he went to sleep:  I loved it.

Sometimes I do feel a little sad for him, losing his status as baby of the family this year, but let’s face it:  Daniel is seriously happy anyway.  That boy loves life, and if he just needs a little help going to sleep at the end of the day, that’s okay.  I can do that.

Now I don’t do that every night because it isn’t always necessary, but we do always have the hardest time getting that boy to stay in his bed and go to sleep.  He thinks of every excuse in the book:  “milk,”  “potty,” and if I go downstairs, he sneaks into his brothers’ room (that is, if it’s a Caleb party kind of night).

Oh well, at least for tonight we are done.  They are all in bed, and as far as I can tell, they are all asleep.  Alan and I are staying up watching the Bourne Legacy.  Gotta love those Bourne movies!  What is it that makes these movies so good?

I’m coming off of the bedtime stress.  Let me share some cutie pics with you:

Watch out, Dan! JD’s cutting his 4 top teeth!

I can’t believe he’s almost 3!

Is he gonna roll, is he gonna???

Nope, he didn’t roll, but that’s an impressive push-up!

Dan wasn’t a big sledding fan.

It was an impressive sledding site though!


This week, in my “reading the Bible through in a year”, I’m in the book of Numbers, where Joshua and Caleb really enter the scene.  I love it!

  When we named Joshua, we only did so because we liked the name.  I was working at a bank back then, and I always did as much talking as I did working!  One day at work, I was running name ideas by everyone, and my friend and coworker, Megan, said, “How about Joshua?”  I liked it instantly, and that was that.

  Then when we found out I was pregnant with my second boy, Alan insisted that we had to name him Caleb, since they worked so well together in the Bible.   Moses sent the team out to spy out the land of Canaan, and the other guys were fearful, came back to the land and spread rumors  about the land.  Joshua and Caleb didn’t do that.  They were the two that stood by the truth bravely, when all of the other Israelites balked.

Here’s two verses from my reading this week that I really liked:

“not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers.  No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.  But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me whole-heartely, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”                         Numbers 14: 23-24

“Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.”                  Numbers 14: 30

I hope that our boys will also be the kind to stand for the truth bravely, even when no one else has the guts!

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