Angela Amman

Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight

There aren’t tears at bedtime anymore.

You climb out of your crib almost silently, creeping into the living room.  You sometimes stop before the little stairs, and we see your head deciding when to join us.

You choose a book and read, and when your voice increases in volume your Daddy or I bring you over to the couch.

Briefly, your head touches my shoulder, “Sorry Mama,” your words reach out sweetly, though you aren’t sorry enough to simply fall asleep in your room.

And once more we let you work your way into sleep on the couch, a book nearby, until you let Daddy carry you to bed.

For tonight and for many nights before now, it is enough, your steady breathing on the couch next to me.

But soon?  Your toddler bed will have to be enough for you.

And we will figure it out together.

linking up with Galit from These Little Waves and Alison from Mama Wants This!

I chose an open-ended Be Enough Me story this week, though the prompt gave us the chance to write a letter to our 16 year old selves. Have you linked up?

Prompt for next week:

What 10 things do you NEED for your Be Enough Journey?

***Or….feel free to link up with a more open ended “Be Enough Me” story***

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Cameron May 14, 2012, 5:00 am

Since we’ve chatted his topic up one side and down the other, I’m left with only one question:

Where did you get those PAJAMAS? I. Heart. Them.

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:15 am

Carters, of course 🙂 Pajama-ing cute kids across the country 🙂

Kerstin May 14, 2012, 6:18 am

How can you be strict when he looks at you like that? I know it’s hard – my little guy did not sleep through the night until he was almost 4. One day it just happened, probably when I quit trying… and I am sure you will laugh about this one day 😉

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:50 pm

Yes, I will laugh and miss this, I know. But it is still crazy town when he’s wandering around so late!!

Greta May 14, 2012, 7:22 am

My 2 (almost 3) year old is our night owl. When she takes a nap (especially a late one), she’ll stay up until almost 11 sometimes. And then she’s up bright and early!

It’s a good thing they’re cute, right?!

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:49 pm

It’s a very good thing they’re cute. Perhaps our kids should text each other while they’re partying instead of sleeping 🙂

Alison@Mama Wants This May 14, 2012, 7:30 am

Aw, he’s so grown up!! And I love the jammies, so cute!!

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:49 pm

He is so big! I am going to have to get baby-fix through Scrumplet’s adorable photos.

Lady Jennie May 14, 2012, 7:50 am

But he looks so cozy there!!!

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:48 pm

He is so very cozy! And up wayyyyyy too late 🙂

Kristin @littlemamajama May 14, 2012, 8:40 am

What a sweetheart! And? Cutest. Pajamas. Ever. 😉

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:48 pm

Thank you! We like animals around here.

Jessica May 14, 2012, 9:17 am

This sounds familiar except we don’t even try and put Layla in her bed anymore. We just skip that step and let her fall asleep on the couch and then move her.

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:47 pm

Sigh. Today I asked Ryan, “Why do I even do the singing and drink and all that stuff in his room anymore?”

Jill @ Mommy Inconsistent May 14, 2012, 12:55 pm

Most nights we deal with this too. We end up reading our stories together on the couch and both my boys fall asleep at their separate ends of the couch and carried into their beds once they’ve drifted off. I don’t mind so much..I know it won’t be forever. Such a sweet photo and I agree with everyone, those pjs are adorable!

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:47 pm

Aw, thanks! I wouldn’t even mind so, so much if he would fall asleep at a decent time. Lately he’s up so late, and he doesn’t sleep much later, so I have a bit of a cranky boy during the day 🙁

Kimberly May 14, 2012, 2:04 pm

This sounds like my house. My youngest will fight sleep for hours at night. Haven’t they learned that sleep is amazing??

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:46 pm

They are so silly to fight sleep! I would pay money for more sleep.

The Drama Mama May 14, 2012, 2:06 pm

Sigh. I know I shoudln’t but they grow up so fast. How can I not answer the “Will you snuggle with me for a little?” with a resounding “yes” or a “can I snuggle with you on the couch” (knowing full well he will fall asleep within minutes). I actually enjoy it. I know its a potential bad habit, but like you said. We’ll get through it together.

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:45 pm

I hope so 🙂 We’ll do our best, right? It’s hard, because he is my last, so some of this I have a harder time letting go.

Susi May 14, 2012, 2:19 pm

I had the same problem with my little one. She does go to sleep on her own now but many times I have walked into her room to check on her and half the bookshelf was on her bed and she fast asleep. Hope your little guy will outgrow this phase soon and go to sleep on his own in his own bed.

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:44 pm

I am terrible; I would LOVE to have him just play in his room until he fell asleep. One day, right? 🙂

Kimberly May 14, 2012, 4:36 pm

Awwww…that has to be so frustrating. It will come.
Love that picture though…so innocent.

Angela May 14, 2012, 6:43 pm

It’s a good thing he’s cute. (currently 9:43, and he’s reading Goodnight Moon next to me)

Jester Queen May 14, 2012, 7:17 pm

I have no easy answers, but I admire your patience and your gentle sense of humor. Sooner or later, he WILL learn to sleep there. (And that is when you can laugh about this. Not much before.)

Angela May 16, 2012, 11:13 am

Patience? Ha! But thank you 🙂 I hope he figures it out soon, with some gentle guidance from us, of course.

Galit Breen May 14, 2012, 8:06 pm

Oh bedtime battles, I know them well!

Thank goodness they’re such ‘lil cutie pies, huh? 🙂

Angela May 16, 2012, 11:12 am

Such cuties! So that’s a few plusses in the plus column…

Px Smith May 14, 2012, 11:38 pm

This too shall pass….. We ended up doing Sleep Sense training. It works with child #2 (18 months) for me and sometimes with child #1 (4.5 years). Hubby is not near as desperate and therefore lacks faith that it will work, so essentially it doesn’t. It really is amazing that kids make it to adulthood some nights though.

Angela May 16, 2012, 11:11 am

We are going to have to decide what to do and just be super consistent with it, I guess 🙂

John May 15, 2012, 5:49 am

I hate the bedtime battles . . . there isn’t much about parenthood that I’d give up — heck, even the diaper changing really isn’t that bad. Bathtime can turn into a game. The random tantrum in the middle of the day, at least, breaks up monotony. But the bedtime battle — when you know it’s coming, and there’s nothing you can do, and that you’ll win, but the cost will be great.

Yeah, that sucks.


Especially when your kid decides that it’s best to sleep while cuddling your head.

Angela May 16, 2012, 11:11 am

Yes, it’s hard. I used to love bedtime. Not because they were going to sleep, but we had such a fun little routine down, relaxing and books and snuggles, and now I almost dread it, because I know it’s just the beginning.

Kristen May 15, 2012, 6:53 am

Aw, such a good thing Dylan is so cute! I know that has to be exhausting for all of you but it will pass and even though you are in the thick of it now and appreciate it when the change finally comes, you will miss it too. Oh, how they pull at our heartstings!

Angela May 16, 2012, 11:10 am

Cuteness is their only defense sometimes, isn’t it?

Jackie May 15, 2012, 7:56 am

I’ve been having the same trouble with Andrew. He just won’t stay in bed and go to sleep. He gets up, turns his light on, and plays with his toys or comes out to the living room with us.

Maybe it’s because it’s still light outside?

Angela May 16, 2012, 11:07 am

He has blackout curtains, so I don’t THINK it’s the light, but who knows? Boys…

I wish he would just play in there for a while, is that terrible to say?

JDaniel4's Mom May 15, 2012, 11:56 am

JDaniel used to do this a lot too. When he stopping taking an afternoon nap, he fell asleep at night more quickly.

Angela May 16, 2012, 11:06 am

That’s our problem, really, we’re figuring out a good balance between not napping and sleeping and crabbiness 🙂

Natalie @MamaTrack May 15, 2012, 5:59 pm

I’m sorry. Yes, you will get through it. And he’s simply adorable.

If you figure it out, let me know–the baby isn’t the greatest sleeper….

Angela May 16, 2012, 11:05 am

Natalie, I will so let you know if I figure it out. Though A is 4 and still not “figured out” so I don’t know if you should take ANY of my sleep advice 🙂

Coffee Lovin' Mom May 17, 2012, 10:12 am

Trust that you totally WILL laugh about this one day – and it will be sooner than you think! Once that big boy bed is in place and a new routine implemented, things will start to go your way. Whatever the “problem” I’ve always been comforted to tell myself they won’t get married still doing this..

Angela May 17, 2012, 10:20 am

I hope you’re right! This is the weekend of the bed transition. I see lots of bedside sitting and calming in my future 🙂

And yes, if he’s still like this during his honeymoon, his wife is REALLY going to hate me.