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Bedtime Rituals

photo (10)My favorite time of day is pre-bedtime. This is after dinner is cleaned up and the dogs have empty bladders and we all hunker down to see what Brian Williams has to report. I feel like Steven and I do at least one good thing well together – leaving work behind while we’re together as a family. Granted, there are times where we both must do something here or there after hours or click-clack on the computer for a little while, but generally we try to wait until Little Guy is in bed.

Because it’s been so darn cold this winter, we have mostly hibernated in our 3rd bedroom-turned family room, or as Wes calls it, “the TV Room.” We’ll play Trains for a while, then color, all while listening to NBC Nightly News. Then Steven turns it to PBS’ Nightly Business Report (which I can’t stand), so Wes and I will get the bathtub ready. This consists of proper drain-stopping (since our tub is ooooold and the drain stopper thing is broken) by stuffing a washcloth down the drain, pouring in the bubble bath gel stuff and swishing the water around to get a good supply of bubbles and then dumping in all the bath toys while the water fills up.

Wes used to hate HATE taking baths. I had to hose him down with a damp sponge while he stood in the bathtub. He refused to sit down in the water and cried forever about it. Thankfully we turned a corner somewhere in the last few months. Now he asks to take a bubble bath, and it’s one of his favorite things to do.

Once he’s dried off and into clean pj’s, we head back to the TV Room for Jeopardy! He really doesn’t enjoy watching the show, but he certainly loves the music and sound effects. Somewhere between Double Jeopardy and Final Jeopardy, Wes gives Steven a goodnight hug and heads to the bathroom to brush his teeth. Afterwards, he picks out a story (“‘dory”) or two, and we both crawl into his tiny toddler bed for snuggles and reading.

WES’ FAVORITE BOOKS
Bear Snores On, Karma Wilson
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (“Truck Book”), Sherri Duskey
The Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones
Popcorn (or “And Ate and Ate”), Frank Asch
The Snowy Day (“Peter Book”), Ezra Jack Keats

Following the books, which on rare occasions he likes to mix it up and read something other than the above list, we launch into a few songs. Usually this takes longer than the book reading does, but it’s likely my absolute favorite part of the day. I don’t mind singing 10 songs with his little off-key, breathy toddler voice.

WES’ FAVORITE SONGS
Old McDonald Had a Band (he refers to the Raffi rendition, but we sing “Farm” at home because who can really mimick a guitar and fiddle?)
Jesus Loves the Little Children
The Wheels on the Bus
No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (not really a song, but he mumbles this all day long)
Jesus Loves Me
My God is So Big
I Just Caught A Baby Bumblebee

We also sing some of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (new PBS cartoon. The Make Believe puppet characters from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood have grown up and now have their own preschool-aged children.) songs and usually make up silly words to additional verses. I’m so pleased that Wes enjoys books and songs. He really is from my own blood. It makes me even happier that he considers this time to be “Mama Time.” It’s truly a special bonding experience every evening.

By the time we’re finished singing, he’s turned over on his side and ready to drift off to sleep. We say a goodnight prayer, thanking God for all his blessings and for our health. Out of habit from my own childhood prayers, we ask that God keep away bad dreams to wake us at night.

The projector comes on with a rotating light display of fish, moon & stars or monkeys & birds, and he’ll tell me if he wants a new scene. The sound machine is turned on with soft white noise, and the lights are turned off. As I’m nearing the doorway, Wes sometimes will start singing Daniel Tiger’s song, softly:

I like you
I like you
I like you
Just the way you are

“I love you, honey. Goodnight.”
“Goodnight, Mama.”
“See you at breakfast!”

Posted: March 11th, 2014
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Cradle C(r)ap

"Mom, you're the worst."

From Day 1 we’ve battled a flakey, scaley, really gross & dry scalp on poor little Wesley’s head. At first his skin was so soft that just brushing it took all the patches off his head. But now it’s become a major problem that I just can’t seem to tackle. I’ve tried petroleum jelly (PS – did you know that petroleum jelly was found in oil rigs and annoyed the workers because it caused equipment to malfunction? But it healed their wounds. I love random facts like that.), and that just makes a big ole mess everywhere and stains bedding, and a baking soda paste. The baking soda seems to work, but only for a few days at a time. Wes pretty much hates when I make him sit still to apply the goop and wait for it to dry before getting a bath. That part, he loves.

I’ve had people on Facebook tell me to try mineral oils. What type do you start with? Almond? Tea tree? Olive? I have no idea, and do you just pour it on and let it soak? I don’t trust that I won’t get it in his eyes and then have a screaming mess. Does cradle cap go away eventually? I mean, I don’t know any 5-year-olds with this problem.

Also, I have a confession: I don’t give regular baths to Wes. Babies don’t really get dirty, right? Especially Wes – he’s not very mobile. I think I give him a bath every other week, and I know that probably makes me a terrible mom. I don’t really know why this happens (or doesn’t, rather). Early on, I suppose I was worried about drying out his skin even more than it already was. But now there really isn’t any excuse. He loves baths. And he probably needs them more often. Well, since I’m on Operation Tackle Cradle Cap again, I guess he’ll be getting more of them anyway.

Front porch bath

Posted: June 11th, 2012
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