Henry, age three.
Watch Hill, RI September 7, 2009
He’s reached that magical age where he can’t QUITE make it without a nap, but when he does nap, he can’t fall asleep before 8:30 or 9, sometimes more than 1.5 hours after his dog-tired brother.
So we go about our evening business, while pretending not to hear Henry repeatedly skulking down the stairs before we quietly carry him back up again. Over and over.
But tonight I realized how exceptional and sincere he is about this bedtime game, and I would wager that Henry can beat ANYONE’s kid in the “1001 Reasons Why I Am Still Awake and Coming Downstairs” contest.
Tonight’s surprise entry: “Dad, I need to make popsicles. And my knee is bleeding.”
A few other recent entries:
1. “I need water. I am SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO thirsty.” (I do not exaggerate even a single SO.)
2. (Teary, lower lip trembling.) “Mommy, I can’t find the other tank for my Playmobil scuba diver.”
3. ((Teary, lower lip trembling.) “I can feel my knee bleeding on the inside.”
4. “I need to go potty. And I have to come downstairs to do it.”
5. “I’m afraid of the dark. I’m just so afraid.” (The 75-watt hall light seems to have gone unnoticed here.)
6. “What’s for dinner tomorrow?”
7. “William hit me.” (William, who has been asleep for more than an hour.)
8. “The hall light is too bright.”
9. “I have a headache.”
10. “I’m SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO hungry.”
11. “I can’t see my books, it’s too dark.”
12. “I have a bloody toe.” (Not so.)
13. “Dad, look, I found an astronaut in this book!”
14. “Mom, it’s raining. It’s raining TOO HARD.”
15. (Teary, lower lip trembling.) “Daddy, there are monsters upstairs, I can hear them.”
16. “Mom, what’s that sound?”
17. “(Teary, lower lip trembling.) “I found my crane parts and not my CRAAAAAAAAANE!”
Next time I’m videotaping it.
I think he’s finally asleep.