Bed Time Success

For a while now I’ve joked with new dad friends, that I’ve ruined my child when it comes to bed time. As each parent does, I have a special connection with Eve and have always been able to knock her out when it came to bed time. Maybe it’s because I’m fat and have a round, cooshee belly, or it’s the immense heat that I produce. Who knows, it’s our thing though. So, as she’s been growing up my philosophy is simple, “If it works, why change it?”

Well, now that Eve is inching up to 2 1/2 years old it would be nice to say “It’s bed time” and put her down and leave the room.

Tonight, it happened! Mommy left Daddy in charge 😛 and so we did a little Sophia the First and then headed up to bed. At first Eve was NOT having it, but after a short discussion we made it upstairs. We got into our PJs, had our puffer, brushed out teeth, said our prayers, grabbed bunny and assumed the position.

I rocked her for about 10 minutes and all she did the entire time was play with my beard. So, I said to myself…”Enough is enough” I slowly stood up, made my way over to the crib, laid her down and softly said, “Good night, I love you”. She softly replied “I love you too dadda, don’t close door”

Ok dads, I don’t care what you say, that kills me every time. I will always remember back to when Eve first started to speak, I said to my brother in law “I love when she says dadda” He told me quickly, just wait until your kids say I love you. Eve has become a little parrot, as most kids do, and when I say I love you I get various responses back “I love you”, or “I love you too” or the best (my wife and I have been saying this to each other for 15 years) “I love you more”

All that to say, I stood over her crib and welled up as her little voice told me she loved me too, waited a second and slowly walked out, leaving the door open as requested. I never heard a peep, movement, nothing. 10 minutes later, turned on the video monitor and she is fast asleep. SCORE!!! YES!!!

That’s pretty much it for me today. It’s been a long week and I’m excited to get back to work. I just felt like blogging about my small victory, and the hope that maybe I haven’t messed my daughter up that badly 😛 LOL… Parenting is an adventure, and I’m sure sure who is learning more form who. Kids are so smart, and so honest and there is something to that. I feel like that gets lost so quickly, and aren’t we called to have a “Childlike faith”.

All of a sudden I feel a sermon coming on, so I’m cutting it off there.

The adventure continues….

Road Trip…. Vacation??

As we get closer and closer to our departure date I get nervous and the giggles all at the same time.

The giggles stem from the fact that we are driving to Chicago. A drive that I’ve made twice in my life and both times done in a day, whereas this time we are taking 2 1/2 days. To be more specific about the the giggles, they start every time I’ve thought about this trip the song Holiday Road starts to play in my head.

If you have no idea what I am talking about click here Holiday Road

I’m excited for our trip for another reason too. I am going to be able to see 3 old friends who in one case I haven’t seen in over 20 years. Back in my younger and thinner days I traveled across the US putting on retreats for kids with an organization called NET. I did this for 2 years and made some amazing friends who I am still in touch with.

So the planning is in its final stages. The car will be “test packed” this weekend as the realization that we need a stroller has happened. The issue comes from looking at maps, planning routes, and then finding out that the map had changed from KMs to Miles. I can walk 2 kms with the tiny human, but I can’t make her walk 2 miles. HAHAHA… That’s just a touch farther 🙂

This is also the first adventure in a long time that I haven’t had Facebook fired up and going. As the 3rd week in Lent comes to a close I find myself missing it less and less but also realize why I got onto it in the first place. I got onto Facebook to keep in touch with friends. To keep in touch with my friends in the US, in Italy, the UK, and Australia. It’s amazing as you travel and meet new people how you create a bond and you want to keep in touch. I will be the first to admit, I’ve gone a touch overboard with it over the past few years but hey…

Let the adventure continue…