#AtoZChallenge: Z is for Zzz

There are lots of ways to get on a toddler’s shit list. Nag her about eating her vegetables, make her hold your hand while walking in the parking lot, and tell her that you are washing her face (no matter how much she kicks and screams) are some good ways to get on the list. Wanna know the best way — the way that will make her look at you like she’s ready to hire a goon to chop off your thumbs? Tell her that it’s time to go to sleep.

Baby Girl has a black belt in fighting sleep. She’ll talk like she’s hyped up on coffee and just ramble, flap her arms like she’s trying to take flight, and even slap herself, all in the sake of staying alert. Other times she’ll try to Jedi mind trick me and tell me, “Mommy, I get up…I get up…” over and over while nodding. Lil’ Obi-Wan Kenobi, she is.

Sometimes this stuff is a bit frustrating (or worrisome, in the case of the slapping), other times it’s all I can do to keep from snickering.

Anytime something isn’t working, then she thinks the batteries have died. Time for the sun to get some a few new AAAs.

Child, you’re talking, crying, and squirming…pretty sure you’re awake.

So I’ve gathered.

Just to be clear, Baby Girl isn’t the only one who dislikes going to sleep — Little Man usually isn’t a fan, either. There are books to read, toys to play with, and video games to play, so who needs sleep? Not him. We’ve caught him reading under the covers many times using either a flashlight or a light saber (and it’s hard for me to get too bothered by that), and we’ve caught him playing a game on his tablet once (he slipped up and sent us a message requesting troops for his game — rookie mistake).

When he was four, Little Man tried to get out of taking naps in a way that I thought was pretty clever.

Well played, kid.

Do your kids hate naptime/bedtime, too?

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

27 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Z is for Zzz”

  1. As someone whose daughter didn’t sleep properly until she went to school, I feel your pain! I love the slip-up message, that’s hilarious! Of course, now mine are teenagers, all they want to do is sleep…in the mornings!

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    1. Naturally, the day I wrote this my son woke up at 6:30 and couldn’t fall asleep until almost 11:00, poor kid. Maybe we’ll all get some sleep in about a decade 😀


  2. Haha! Gotta love it. Especially when you’re exhausted and you’d consider selling your kids for sleep 😉
    Moo never wanted to go to sleep either, and now she’s the one who will climb into my lap after dinner and say she’s ready for bed.

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  3. I used to be an “under the covers with a torch” reader too. Funnily enough, now I’m older all I want to do is catch naps here there and everywhere. So don’t worry, give them three or four decades and they’ll sleep no problems 🙂

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  4. HI again… I was nominated for an award. Part of that means nominating others for the same and you are one of the people I chose. If you want to accept wander on over my place today and read my post to see al the rules (its fun).

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  5. Ha – ha. I am grateful that my kids always liked to sleep, I think because they just needed peace and quiet from me telling them “No, don’t do that” all the time. I actually went over to visit you and realized you were here as well. You are the one putting me to shame with your on-time A-Z posts. I am now at “U” and want to give up, but I won’t. Congrats on finishing your blogging challenge!!!!!

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    1. Haha!

      If it helps, a few of my posts came in minutes before the midnight cutoff. I *did* have a topic for each day, but I ended up only using a few of those. Thanks!

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      1. Nah, you’re a trendsetter. Next year everyone will be rebelling against the rigidness of the A to Z Challenge and posting their posts a day or two late, too 😉


    1. His naps ended shortly after that Lent comment (he started karate). Baby Girl stopped napping regularly before turning two, whereas some friends kids nap twice per day. Makes me jealous!


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