Thursday, January 22, 2009

Conversation With A 3-year-old At Midnight

Ella has been getting in and out of her bed and monkeying around since bedtime 3 1/2 hours ago. I walk into her room (for the 50th time) and find her on the floor with a new diaper in her hands.

"Ella, you need to go to sleep."

"Me change my diaper. My jammas wet."

And yes, she has been known to change her own diaper. Every so often she will disappear into her room in the middle of the day. Just when I start to wonder what the heck she's doing in there, she'll emerge with a naked fanny and walk over to the trash with a wet diaper and a used wipe in her hand. My son never did anything like this, so it's quite amusing. You would think this means that she is ready to be potty trained. You would be wrong. I was. Anyway...

"Did your diaper leak?"

"No, from water."

I feel around her pajamas and find they have exactly one small drop of water on them. As we're changing her diaper anyway:

"Ella, you need to stay in your bed."

"Me got your nose!" (Pretends to grab my nose and eat it.)

"Ella, if you get out of your bed again, I'm going to turn off your Tinkerbell Light." (Which is actually a light-up TinkerBell Christmas tree topper that somehow migrated into her room when the holiday decorations were put away.)

"Okay!" (Big smile.) "Try get your nose back!"

"Ella," (serious Mommy voice) "You need to stay in your bed or I will turn off your light."

"Okay! Try get my nose!"

"No, it's not playtime."

"You try take my tongue!"

"No, Ella, I'm not going to take you tongue."

(Squeals with laughter) "That's funny!"

(Wraps her arms around my neck, pulls me to her and lands a huge wet kiss on my forehead.)
"Look at your forehead!"

"Honey, I can't see my forehead."

"Look at forehead!" (Pushes my face up with her sweet little hand so that I can see my own forehead.)

(Me, giving up a little.) "Oh, I see, it's all wet."


I put Ella back in her bed.

"Stay in your bed and go to sleep."

(Wraps her tiny arms around my neck and pulls me to her.) "You know I love you, right Mama?"

An hour later Ella pretends to walk like a penguin as she enters the living room.

"Me have fuzzy in my mouth, me need my water. See?" (Opens her mouth as wide as possible so I can see invisible fuzzy.)

"Your water is by your bed."

"Mommy! Want to tell you secret!" (Penguin-walks over to me and whispers loudly in my ear,) "Me walk like penguin. See?" (Penguin-walks back to her room and goes to sleep.)

Sometimes 3-year-old cuteness can be overwhelming. I need to remember this night the next time she's in her bed screaming, "YOU COME HERE RIGHT NOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!"

It all evens out.


Jennifer said...

Oh. My. Gosh! How could you resist that cutness??? She is adorable! And I thought I was the only one with kids up at midnight! lol

BBPartyGirl said...

LOL! Both of your children are adorable! My 3 yr old doesn't stay in her bed all night. She goes through a whole list of things at bedtime: I have to potty, I hungy, my thusty, my eye huts, etc. It really does get funny at times! When she finally does go to sleep she sleeps for a few hours then comes climbing into my bed around 1 or 2am. URGG...everyone tells me to put her back in her own bed. Well, I would much rather let her get in my bed than have her scream and wake up the 20 mo old. Anyway, any tips on how to keep her in her bed? LOL!

Punky N Munky said...

Reminded me of my 5 yo (who still gets out of bed!) and my 2yo :)

Jeanne said...

Sooo cute!

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Anonymous said...

How do you keep writing such cute blogs with so little sleep? Thanks for the laughs!

Ibreak4glass said...

I loved reading this. I have 5 yes 5 boys. The youngest is 13 and lately I have been dwelling on those little things that make your heart warm and fuzzy....gotta love kids. If you have time stop by my blog and read about the Sheepish Grin.....Yes even at the tender age of 13 they still get you with that cuteness. BTW my oldest will be 29 next month. Where did the time go?

Groovy Baby Blog said...

Hi, This is a really cute post!
We enjoy reading this, great blog.
Angela & Angelica
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