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Ben’s Bilingual Bear

Bilingual Bear

More than our other two boys, Benjamin is really into his stuffies and makes them talk to each other and to us. He also is very particular about bringing multiple stuffed animals into our bed so that he can distribute them between us.

(When Steven read this comic, he laughed and said, “That’s a good one, mom.”)

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Disappearance act

Disappearance act

Steve and I usually try to get up around 5:30. It gets more complicated on the frequent nights when Ben has snuck into our bed, as we try to creep around carefully to keep from waking him up. Benjamin almost always is up around 6 or 6:30, though, whether or not he’s in our bed or in his own.

Bed swap

Bed swap

To bribe encourage our children to sleep in, we instituted a system where they get a ticket for sleeping in past 7 am, and the last person to get up gets two tickets. (You get two tickets automatically if you happen to sleep in past 8 am.) The boys will sometimes game the system where they wait for each other to wake up wake each other up so that they can all get two tickets, but we don’t mind as long as they sleep in past 7! However: If they sneak into our bed at night, they do not get any tickets.

Benjamin really loves sleeping in our bed, so he’ll often willingly sacrifice the possibility of getting tickets in order to snuggle with us.