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.”)
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.
We love it when Benjamin pulls out big words that we wouldn’t normally think three year olds would know.
Another example of how Benjamin is totally not motivated by our ticket system.
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.
It used to be that on the mornings Steve didn’t go to the gym, we would both get up around 5:15 or 5:30, head out to the kitchen, make our respective cups of coffee, and sit down to read the Bible, journal, and pray.
That was before Benjamin entered into his non-stop chatty phase.
This happens every night, and it melts my heart every night.
Two little monkeys, fighting in the bed
Both kept bopping each others’ heads
Mama couldn’t sleep and finally said,
“NO MORE FIGHTING IN THE BED!”