Jack's night time routine is a well honored tradition at our house. Bath time, then PJ's, then some milk, read books with Mom & Dad, brush teeth (he does very well), then say good night to Chocolate Bear and Buddy (stuffed animals), then rock to sleep in the rocker with Daddy as Mom & Daddy sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It works and it makes us happy.
This last weekend we took off Jack's crib rail. It was one of those moments that we sweated because it could go so wrong. As parents we love our son, and we love him a lot when he goes to bed without a fuss. Like most milestones with Jack, he took it in stride. He loves being able to get into his bed all by himself. He takes a little bit more to settle down now, but all in all it is going well.
There was one nap this past weekend where he got out of bed. I let him move around the room and when he started to get a little rambunctious again it happened. I channeled the force that is my own father, I opened the door, locked Jack with a "Father Stare of Disapproval" and said in my best John Moran voice, "Jack. No more screwing around. Nap time."
The look he gave me was priceless. He was actually surprised to hear me say that. The best part was that it worked. He got up, got in bed, laid down and took his nap. I just about pee'ed myself.
With Jack climbing into bed on his own though I don't get the chance to rock him to sleep. I really actually enjoy it. I joke with my team at work that I have moments of profound clarity while rocking him to sleep. That usually translates into work for us to do, but it is profound work I tell ya.
Tonight he wanted to be rocked. When we started singing Twinkle Twinkle Jack joined us in singing. It was priceless.
Jack sang along. The lyrics we sing are below. The items in Red are the parts he sings. Bolded ones he sings a bit more loudly. Adorable.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!
Then the traveler in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
The hardest part about putting Jack to sleep is that after doing so I'm completely wasted and tired myself. The fact that I'm up writing this is amazing. Also, just saying Twinkle Twinkle now makes me yawn.