Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The 3rd Night

"Now remember Buddy, if you get up and turn on your lamp after we leave the room, we are going to take it away, okay?"

"Okay!"

Less than 10 minutes later, sitting on the couch, we could hear him get up and wander around his room. Wanting to nip this behavior in the bud, Mrs. LIAYF went up and told him to go back to his bed. When she returned I asked her "Was the lamp on?" "Nope, it wasn't" she replied. " Fair enough.

That didn't last long though, as mere minutes later we could again hear him get out of bed. This time, we decided to give him some extra time to put himself back to sleep.

It was at that point we started to hear it. It was faint but it sounded kind of like a toy car being wound up. Over and over again.

"Can you turn up the monitor?" I asked Mrs. LIAYF. After listening closely I guffawed audibly. "I know what that is!" I declared, still laughing. "Ingenious!"

After 15 minutes or so, the interval between the sounds had gotten longer. Then a few minutes later, it stopped altogether. Mrs. LIAYF made one last trip up to peek in on our son, and returned holding the source of the sound.

"I found him asleep, with these tucked under his arm." Smiling, we both just shook our heads.

21 comments:

Janine Murray said...

That is SO precious!
Thanks for sharing these adventures ... It beings back good memories for me! (mine are now 9 and 11)
Let the games continue! ... Oh, and the sleep of course!
Janine

Kevin Bruce said...

REALLY cute! I remember doing the same :)

Portland Dad said...

That is cute, good job giving him the space to get himself asleep too, sometimes it takes a little reading in bed to get you the last few steps to sleep.

adamthedad said...

I'm so going to be there in the next few months. Thanks for posting. Oh, and good night Gorilla is my little guys favorite, he likes finding the balloon on every page.

New York Dad said...

Very cute! We are still at the humming to himself phase and unfortunately in the trying to vault out of the crib phase... never a dull moment :)

Dan said...

Clever little feller.

we've gone seriously wrong with both our kids on bedtime. Amy's not so bad now, but Evan still takes an hour or two to get off and is constantly demanding attention.

Up until he was around two and a half he used to vomit every time he cried for prolonged periods, which meant leaving him to cry it out was very problematic.

Ah well, I'm sure things will improve by the time he's 16.

writtendad said...

This is perfect! When We first transitioned from crib to bed, it was seamless. He didn't get out, He fell right asleep, and We felt awesome. Then, after a few months passed, He started to figure it out and began to make bedtime escapes. They were all harmless, but they continued for months. Which should give you some encouragement.

Steve said...

Very ingenious. You know there are lawyers who make a handsome living out of exploiting the loopholes in ill drafted laws...

Didactic Pirate said...

He's a crafty genius! Watch out, Mom and Dad.
P.S. Goodnight Gorilla=awesome book. We loved all of Peggy Rathman's stuff when my daughter was younger.

DC Urban Dad said...

I can feel us slowly but surely getting there too. The Mini-Kamp right now goes right to sleep, but I know our time is coming.

AlanTK said...

Spotting loopholes that early means a fruitful career in law or accounting.

Ours is stretching bedtime boundaries lately. His latest trick is to insist on being put down with his buddies and books. Fifteen minutes later, we can hear gentle thumps on the floor as he chucks each and every item out of his crib.

EdathomeDad said...

Nothing like toddler bedtime adventures.

EdathomeDad said...

Nothing like toddler bedtime adventures.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Heh, brilliant.

Mighty M said...

That is perfect!

Papa K said...

Good Night Gorilla. Good book.

SciFi Dad said...

Good for him, figuring out how to overthrow his overlord's clearly unfair rules.

If I Could Escape . . . said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!

Homemaker Man said...

Awesome.

Rachael said...

So cute! Sounds like the transition is going fairly well, it can be hard work!

PJ Mullen said...

Well, you said no lamp, but I'm guessing you didn't prohibit the flashlight. Kids are too smart.