|You WILL go to sleep now. Capisce?|
I have a feeling that one day, in the distant future when Annabelle is a mother and we all have flying cars or at least our own jet packs, she won't have any trouble getting her kids to quiet down and go to sleep. We should all be so lucky right?
I make this bold prediction, not without anecdotal evidence to back it up. Quite the contrary actually as our little sweet cheeks has been practicing the art of putting things to sleep for months now.
For the most part the beneficiaries of her sleep training techniques have been Lukas' stuffed animals as she will plant herself solidly in the middle of his bedroom floor, or alternatively his bed, and line up several of them for night night time and carefully lay a cloth over the back of each one and pat them.
The only problem? She can be a wee bit (and I by wee bit I mean no such thing) firm while patting them to sleep. It's almost as if she is trying to desperately dislodge something stuck in their windpipes. I think one of them even let out a squeal of pain earlier this evening, but who knows, I could have just imagined that.
Any-hoo, after the stuffed panda and leopard were beat solidly into slumber tonight, our little Miss A was not yet done as Lukas lay on his own bedroom floor with a blanket, hysterically laughing at her antics and saying "Lukas needs to be put to sleep too, Annabelle". Of course that was all and good until my daughter then looked at me and gave a deliberate point at the floor.
"You want to put Daddy night night too?" I asked. She nodded.
How could I resist?
And that's how Lukas and I ended up on the floor on our stomachs tonight with a 1 year old between us laying on a blanket and beating on our backs like a Swedish masseuse. We, of course were laughing uncontrollable about this, and at the same time trying to emphasize to her to be 'gentle' with her sleep subjects.
But for now Annabelle would have none of our nonsense, even going so far as to shove our heads back to the floor while saying 'Ni-Ni' when we were so bold as to lift them to see what was going on. She was obviously very serious about her parental duties.
It was a lot of fun, and also pretty scary at the same time. Like I said, I think someday she isn't going to have a bit of trouble with her kids sleep routine.
She will have plenty of practice by then.