I have mixed feelings about bedtime. As the hours wane, and the earth dips closer towards the moonlight sky (and must-see primetime TV) I start thinking of throwing on my soft, cozy robe and cuddling up on the couch for some much-needed "me" time. But first I have to get through the whole "kids to bed" scenario, which will likely catapult my blood pressure (however temporarily). Knowing all the things my toddler is thinking as bedtime approaches, it's hard to stay positive when all I want is a little quiet. The trick is to always be one step ahead of the toddler game, or risk being overthrown in your own castle. Sadly, I know this firsthand and though I've survived many wasted hours attempting to get everyone to bed on time, it's not without its fails.
Our firstborn, who is now ten, taught my partner and I a lot about sleep training. We learned how to swaddle, how to create and stick to a solid routine, and how to deal with some of the things that might go wrong (colic, anyone?) when all we wanted was a sold night's sleep. Looking back, we had it pretty good. Things were great, actually. Sleep was happening at regular intervals and it was glorious. Enter child number two. It was apparent during pregnancy that my children were going to be different, so trying to sleep train this boy — who battled severe enough GI issues he couldn't keep any food down — had my partner and I straight-up forgetting what sleep even felt like. Thankfully, when he entered those toddler years we could just say,"Go to sleep now," and he'd listen.
However, the thing about toddlers is that no matter how well they might sleep through the night, they're masters at holding out for as long as humanly possible. I get it. I'm just too cool to leave, even for a little shut-eye, but come on already. We've nicknamed our son "The Time Bandit" because he's so good at wasting those precious minutes directly before nap and bedtimes. While it gets under my skin, I know (I hope) it, too, will pass and someday we'll look back on these days and think, "It wasn't that bad." Someday.
With all that, here are a few thoughts your toddler might be thinking as bedtime nears and he or she is attempting to delay the inevitable. They're clever little nuggets (and they obviously got it from their momma).