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'.