We usually get home around 6 or 6:30pm from picking Finn up from Grandma’s house. We make (or takeout as it seems to be recently) dinner and always sit at the table together, whether we’re eating when Finn is or not (sometimes we get something once he’s asleep because we just have no time to make anything getting home so late. Tuesdays and Thursdays Dan doesn’t usually even get to see Finn unless I happen to keep Finn up a little later because he’s in class til 6 and then takes the light-rail and won’t get home until after 8 – like tonight). It’s about 7 by this time, as we like to put him down between 7 and 8 every night, but closer to 7 since he has to wake up so early the next day. After dinner we clean Finn off and at least 3-4 times a week we will say, “Bubble bath?” and he squeals and says, “bu-bu-bu-bu-buba ba????” and runs to the stairs. Lately he’s been walking up the stairs like a big boy (not crawling) while one of us holds his hand for balance with the other on the handrail or wall. We take a bath and brush our teeth. Finn doesn’t like real long baths; after about 15 minutes he’s trying to crawl out of the tub. Then we dress him in jammies and let him run around upstairs for 5-10 minutes. We will sometimes read books together if Finn’s in a patient mood. Most of the time, we’re reading to eachother while he runs around the room trying to keep away from us. Otherwise, once it’s bedtime, we say, “Go night night, go sleeps?” and usually Dan will then feed him his last milk bottle in the glider and sing an assortment of songs that we’ve sung to him since he was born; “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, “Hush Little Baby”, “Rock-a-bye Baby”, “The Ants Go Marching”, and the newest we’ve added to our repertoire, the ABC’s. After we’ve sung most of those, some twice, it’s in the crib he goes. He lays on his back, we give him Froggie to squeeze, and then put a blanket over him and he usually stays like that for a while, I’m guessing until he actually starts trying to fall asleep and the tossing/turning begins. He’s usually out within 10 minutes. He’s very easy to go to bed or go down for a nap. I love that.
Anyways, that’s our bedtime routine and I just wanted to document it so I will always remember these sweet, but normal everyday moments. Time is fleeting and he’s getting bigger every day. I know our bedtime routine will change as Finn changes, but right now I love this one. :)
This is post #20 of NaBloPoMo.
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