The scenic route


This is a map of our house. The boys’ bedroom is pretty much directly across from the hallway bathroom, complete with working toilet, electricity, running water, and carpeted hallway. But inevitably in the middle of the night when they wake up to go to the bathroom, they will run all the way across the cold hardwood floor entryway hallway to our room – risking stepping on Legos or tripping over the random things they’ve left there the day before – into OUR bathroom.

This morning, Matthew wanted to come into our room to go to the bathroom and when Steve told him to go to his own bathroom, he broke out into legitimate tears and said, “B-b-b-b-bu-but the other bathroom is to-to-to-too SMALL!!!!”

Bedtime loopholes

Bedtime loopholes

Two characteristics of our boys and bedtime:

  1. They like to get up repeatedly after we put them to bed… to get a drink of water… to go to the bathroom (and invariably in OUR bedroom bathroom instead of just going across the hall to use the bathroom that is closest to them)… to get a bandaid… to get “itchy cream” for a bug bite (a.k.a Benedryl cream).
  2. They like to get up really, really early. As in, 5:30 am early, while Steve and I are trying to have our personal quiet time.

Occasionally Steve throws his weight and declares that the boys must stay in bed ALL NIGHT LONG until WE open the door for them in the morning.

But the boys still try to find loopholes.