Friday, January 23, 2009

Burning dolly

That speedy bedtime? Well, it's not been completely plain sailing. Last night she crept up the stairs 15 mins after I thought she'd gone to sleep. She by-passed me (because I'm a stinky-you-shall-go-to-bed-mutha) and rushed up to Recaro for a loving hug. As you'd expect with such a soft touch of a daddy, Peaches ended up watching TV with us while we ate dinner. Eventually I got her to sleep by pretending to sleep with her. With a sinking heart I hoped we hadn't set a dangerous precedent.

While I was mulling over how to improve the bedtime routine, we had a mostly good day, but with two memorable incidents. Peaches was bitten by one boy and had her doll thrown on a fire by another. She doesn't know what happened to the doll. We cleared out of the room (staff at Ask pizza restaurant in Canterbury were so calm even if they weren't too impressed by us...) before she realised where the acrid fumes were coming from. The doll has a twin, so I think she'll get by without it.

Incidentally, I'm pretty sure I know which boy did which horrible thing - Firestarter's mum isn't completely convinced her boy is to blame, but I think she's going to change her mind when he says 'Burn dolly burn' during bath time tonight. Meanwhile Gnasher's mum is already signed up to a parenting class and is tackling her son's wilder moments. We are all still speaking to each other.

It might come as a surprise to hear... but I was kind of glad to get us both home in one piece. To celebrate I decided Peaches would have an early night and aimed to get her in bed by 7pm.

Sometimes I make such GOOD decisions. We had a hot bath, a mellow ten minutes of In the night garden, just three stories* and she was asleep by 6.45.

I am now so chilled.

But I think that might just be my blood running cold at the thought of the biting, hair pulling and dolly-burning that we've endured today.

*The essential bedtime stories are:

Happy Hector is a brilliant story about a stuffed pig who just wants to be the centre of Tilly's world. The Princess story is very repetitive and dull to read - I can't work out why she loves it so much but it has the merit of being very short.

Even as a regular church goer, I'm surprised that the bible is in the list. I'd been reading the story of Christmas to her in December and she doesn't want to give it up. At least with this edition, if ever someone challenges me about if I've ever read the WHOLE bible, I can say 'yup. done that'.


Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

wow..I would be so frazzled...and you are still on speaking terms well done...the little bugger burned the dolly...scary his name chuckie?

Reluctant Housewife said...

Biting is so no okay. Poor little peaches. Boys humph.

Glad you had a nice bedtime!

Woman in a Window said...

biting and burning. That's a pretty full day. No wonder the early to bed.

gigi said...

I'm very proud that you stayed so calm! Bedtimes can be so stressful sometimes too. Just staying firm no matter what is the key. My son does better than his wife. He rules and loves but stays firm. She just gives in after the first temper fit.

Working mum said...

Thank goodness I've never encountered children who put my daughter's doll on the fire! How did you stay calm?

When we put Izzy in a bed instead of a cot we were stern, miserable, no-fun mummy and daddy if she got out. We just took her straight back without even speaking to her. Hence we have no problems with her going to sleep, but how do we solve the 'getting up at 3am nearly every night and coming for a snuggle because she scared' problem? Guess there's a thing with every child!

The Mom Bomb, a/k/a Folksy Mama said...

Tell Peaches "Girls rule, boys drool." Well, at least biting, doll-burning boys do.

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