Thursday, January 10, 2013

Divide and Conquer

Everyone told us that things would get a lot harder once we had three and then again once we had four. See, with two children each parent can take one, but with three or more, the children out number the parents.  Our strategy is typically one of divide and conquer. Sometimes, we each take two kids but most often one of us is with the baby and the other is wrangling the three other little ones.  It's fun, really it is.

Last night Sully quickly headed for the stairs when I told him it was bedtime.  Then, he got upset when I told him he'd have to wait until someone could follow him up.  It's just been in the last few weeks that he's begun climbing the stairs and I guess I've been too slow in getting the baby gate out.

The husband followed Sully upstairs, got him in his pj's, read him a few stories and put him down for sleep.  I stayed downstairs for a bit.  Shannon and Quinn were playing in the den while Maren enjoyed her Happi Tummi band and  I caught up on season 2 of Downton Abby.

A little later it was time for Shannon and Quinn to head upstairs.  They got their pj's on and then climbed into "the big bed" (their name for our bed) for what they call "big bed time."  Upon bringing Maren upstairs I found them both playing video games.

Maren got into her pj's and then the husband came in and took Maren so I could go read bedtime stories.  Maren was happy to have some daddy time.

 It always seems so quiet in the house once Shannon, Quinn and Sully are all in bed.  I'd love to be able to say that I took the opportunity to go accomplish a whole bunch of household tasks but nope, instead Maren and I snuggled for a short bit and then we both fell asleep.  Wonderful, glorious sleep.

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