We want the kids to be able to sleep in the same room while traveling. So, for practice we decided to move Violet’s mattress into Graham’s room, right next to his crib. Violet was extremely excited. Graham seemed to be also. They piled on Rob’s lap in the rocking chair to read books.
I tried live-blogging the whole thing, but there was too much screaming and talking and opening of doors and running amok. So here’s an encapsulated version:
8:00 lights out. Graham screams. And screams. And screams.
8:10 Violet comes out: Mom! Graham is screaming!
We explain that she can call off the slumber party, but she insists on giving it a try. Graham continues screaming.
8:30 I relent and read them both a few more books.
8:45 lights out. Graham screams. And screams. And screams.
9:00 Violet comes out several times. We discuss the strategy of chatting to Graham and NOT talking about Mommy.
9:10 Graham finally stops crying. Violet comes out to tell us that Graham stopped crying. Graham starts crying all over again. We give Violet one more chance to make it work, which includes a promise to stay in the room. She agrees.
Graham still has the baby monitor so, for our Friday night entertainment, we sat and listened to their conversation. Here is a bit:
V: Do you want Mommy?
G: Yeah! Go tell Mommy I stop crying.
V: Okay, but Mommy said I can’t do that. I’ll tell her in the morning. Okay?
V: Graham, do you want a pillow? It’s makes your head feel very good.
V: Do you want a blanket?
V: When you’re a big kid like me, you’ll have a pillow and a blanket and then we can sleep in the same bed!
V: I can’t believe I’m sleeping in your room! It’s so exciting! I’ve always wanted to have a slumber party!
(20 minutes of excited jabbering and lights turning on and off)
G: What your favorite color Lala (Violet)?
V: I like all the colors. Do you?
G: Yeah. I like blue.
V: You like all the colors, but your favorite is blue? My blanket is blue.
G: My Nunu (his lovey) is black.
V: No it’s not. It’s white.
G: No, it’s black.
V: Are you just pretending? Okay. It’s black.
V: What are you scared of? Monsters? Monsters died a long time ago, so you don’t have to be scared of them. Just dream about something else. Dream about Mommy.
V: What do you want to dream about?
G: Ummm… milk!
V: Okay! Now go to sleep. Dream about milk.
G: Lala! Guess what! Monkey Gym!
V: Yes, you’re going to play at Monkey Gym. But that’s not until tomorrow.
G: Lala! I’m tired.
V: That’s good. Now go to bed. Good night.
G: Lala guess what? NEWSPAPER!! (laughs hysterically and talks about newspapers for 15 minutes)
9:45 G: Good night.
G: (5 minutes later) Violet sing. Sing sing sing. (laughing)
This would have been perfect except that they woke up at 6:15 a.m. And they want to do it again tonight.