Within Me Without Me

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


just in case anyone was wondering, i didn't get the job. but i feel good about how i did. my friend got the job, and she really was the best choice, i guess, based on her experience. what will be fun to watch now is how the petty backstabber takes the news....oh, early fireworks this year!!

i didn't have a works for me wednesday contribution today. my brain is just...empty. i'm tired.

aidan has apparently decided that there is no bedtime for him. for the past week, jerry and i have taken turns trying to get him to go to sleep or at least stay in bed, to no avail. we start at 9:30 ish or so, and it's a struggle for an hour or two, then he will finally go to sleep. and usually it goes like this:

9:30 - tell aidan it's time for jammies and brush teeth. aidan replies, "NO!"
9:40 - after trying to convince aidan to follow me into the bathroom, pick up said child and bring him in. wailing ensues.
9:50 - pull up is changed, jammies are on, and teeth are brushed. mom has just had her workout for the evening, and aidan is released.
9:51 - tell aidan to give daddy kiss goodnight. aidan replies, "NO!"
9:52 - daddy kisses aidan anyway, and aidan appears to understand and comply, taking mommy's hand and going upstairs
9:54 - mommy reads a book, aidan sits contentedly in bed, listening and getting drowsy.
9:58 - aidan gets his second wind, and hops out of bed to play with toys. runs to the door and up and down the hall. plays peekaboo under the covers.
10:02 - mommy corrals aidan, gets him back in bed. sings his bedtime songs, and aidan appears to calm down and snuggle in to bed.
10:05 - as soon as songs are over, aidan pops back up and gets back out of bed to play.
10:07 - mommy asks aidan, do you want powpows? (pop on the butt. apparently this is common hispanic slang for spanking, that i was unaware of) aidan says, "NO!" and hops back into bed.
repeat the last three entries (with intermittent pops on butt included) until 11:00.

11:01 - mommy is draped over the side of aidan's bed, falling asleep sitting on the floor. still trying to sing, but so tired that i'm confusedly singing my to-do list for tomorrow instead of 'goodnight my angel' lullabye.
11:44 - mommy wakes up with a stiff neck and one arm totally asleep. aidan is snoring peacefully. at last. mommy stumbles downstairs and dives into bed without brushing teeth. ahh.

any suggestions on how this routine could be improved?


  • At 4:37 PM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said…

    Sorry about the job. I'm sure everything worked for the best (even though it's sometimes hard to view it that way). Better luck next time. I'm sorry I don't have any advice on the bedtime:( Hope things get better there. I know how exhausting it can be.

  • At 6:05 AM, Blogger Aimee said…

    Carrie - sorry about the job. I was rooting for you! As for the bedtime, well, you can do what we do and drug him. Kidding, really! (We hardly ever drug the kids anymore . . .)
    As unhelpful as this sounds, it's probably just a phase (which does you no good in the short term, I
    realize). Just keep plugging away at your usual routine.
    Just call me The Font of Obvious Advice!
    Good Luck . . .

  • At 6:53 AM, Blogger Carrie said…

    thanks!! you know, i have a full bottle of benadryl in the medicine cabinet just begging to be put to good use!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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