A Bedtime Story.

A Bedtime Story ethannevelyn.com

I was pretty tired today, so instead of reading my four year old son a few books my eyes were closing by the end of the first. When finished I usually sleep with him until he drifted off. But today I just wanted to sleep.

He kept wriggling, tossing and turning. I gave him warnings that if he did it again I will leave. Then he did it again. I left and went to sleep in my bedroom. The next five minutes or so he kept going in and out of his bedroom; to the toilet; asking for a glass of water which he only had a sip; some cream for his hands; some cream for his noise (Vicks)….

My oh my! Will this ever stop?! I exploded but calmly said “Ethan please go to bed and get some sleep. You need energy for swimming tomorrow”. He sat on his bed “But I’m not comfortable”, looking all sorrowful. “Come on lie down and I’ll tuck you in all nice and snuggly”. Then I gave him a kiss on his forehead. I could see his cheeky grin closing his eyes while I was doing so. “I love you” I whispered to him and left the room…

Why oh why didn’t I just do that in first place… Lol! Nighty night all. Xx

How does your little one likes to be put to bed?

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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. Lili
    02/07/2015 / 3:35 pm

    My children are very dependent on having either me or my husband with them till they fall asleep! It’s getting tiring… It doesn’t matter how long we spend with them before lights out, they’ll still need us in the end…

    • 02/07/2015 / 9:16 pm

      I know… some days I just love to snuggle up with him, but other days I just want to fall asleep! lol!

  2. 22/07/2015 / 8:24 pm

    I used to leave my eldest to self soothe but I’ve got into the habit of lying in bed with his little brother singing. Sometimes that lasts ten minutes and I then creep out no probs, other times, like tonight (when he happened to have a half hour power nap in the car on the way home from our day out at about 4pm) I was there for 45 minutes before I gave up, told him I was off to have a shower – that worked but later on he started calling out (there is a stair gate across the doorway). I had to ignore that then and let him put himself back to bed. I absolutely dread the day we are forced to remove the gate!! Thanks for linking up to #thetruthabout X

    • 22/07/2015 / 9:43 pm

      It is the same over here today too! (Again!) I know what you mean about that “calling”, lurking from their bedroom! Usually, he doesn’t have naps, but he had a half hour in the car today when I took Evelyn to her swimming class. He was calling 3 times after I left I said goodnight. The tucking in didn’t work then… As Jenny commented… it must be the stalling until he is really ready to go to bed… Hopefully, the joke I tell him tomorrow will get him thinking and drift off to sleep. Haha

  3. Jenny Evans
    22/07/2015 / 8:33 pm

    This reminds me of the joke about the monkey who was hungry so he went looking for the magic banana that would make him not hungry anymore. He didn’t find it until the 5th banana and thought, “It’s a shame I didn’t eat that one first!” So was it really the tuck-in, or did he just need to stall for another 10 minutes until he was really ready to go to bed? We may never know.

    • 22/07/2015 / 9:36 pm

      Haha! I wish I have known about the joke. I think I will tell it to him as a bedtime story tomorrow after our little reading. Then I’ll make sure I’ll do the tucking into bed after that too. Will see what happens next… Da da da.. 😉

  4. 10/11/2015 / 2:45 am

    Isn’t it funny what will reassure them and calm them down? It can at times be the simplest things. He just needed to have you give him some special mom love, as only you can give! What an adorable boy!

    • 12/01/2016 / 12:37 am

      My apology Nikki for the late reply! Blimmy – I am so bad! I really thought I had already replied. Ethan will always be my special boy, even though sometime he can get on my nerves like this incident above! lol! Thanks for hosting. xx

  5. 08/01/2016 / 11:19 am

    Aw, sweet….I have had nights like these with my youngest as well. He definitely needs a story before bedtime. When I am tired and sleepy, I usually let HIM tell me a story and I go straight to bed. He usually sleeps soon after and then I creep out if I do wake up LOL…Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

    • 12/01/2016 / 12:39 am

      That’s a great idea! Next time I will definitely do that to me – so I can get some sleep. Haha Thanks for hosting. x

  6. 01/02/2016 / 9:39 pm

    It varies every night. Sometimes they just brush their teeth and go to bed without me having to tuck them in. Sometimes we read a story. And sometimes they insist that I must tuck them in a half dozen times. Kids are silly and make us mommies crazy sometimes. I am popping over from #mg

  7. 02/02/2016 / 1:29 pm

    It’s a hard one. Sometimes you do need to leave them to get on with it, other times all it takes is a kiss and a cuddle and a retucking in of a blanket. Problem is, you can’t always tell what’s needed

  8. 04/02/2016 / 2:01 am

    oh I feel you here! There are nights I am just too tired! But if I skip part of the routine or rush it then it always ends up taking me longer because they can’t settle. Drives me crazy that sometimes I just can’t have a break. But it is nice to be loved. #mg

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