We’ve developed a nice little routine for bedtime. At times, I’m frustrated by the length of it, but mostly, I think it serves us well. To put it in the terms Sarah knows:
- Elmo chair
- Night Night Daddy
- Bedtime for Sarah
All the while, Brian gets Catherine ready for bed in their own special way.
The best is that Sarah needs to put Elmo in a little blue plastic chair covered in stickers that I bought at a thrift store for fifty cents before we make our way to bed. But then she immediately requests him as soon as her little head hits the bed. Brian’s asked me, “Why don’t you just take him in there with you?” Well, because that’s not the routine. And sometimes it’s our routines that help us settle between the business of the day and the stillness of the night.
I like our routine.