Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bedtime Shenanigans II


Game on, people. It's war. Via the monitor, I heard the girls softly conspiring and egging each other on: "Get out of crib.... right now!" one demanded of the other. ("Right now" is currently their favorite expression. It's cute when they're not climbing out of their cribs "right now.") I'm pretty sure I know which one is the instigator (Twin A aka The Orange Skinny One, on the right) and I plan on punishing her in a passive aggressive way when she's a teenager so that she can tell her therapist she has no idea why I'm so angry or even if I'm angry.

By the time I got down there, they had moved their bedtime necessities (blankies and pacis) along with themselves into the laundry room where they pretended to be asleep when I entered. Then laughed like hyenas because apparently they think they're the female incarnation of The Smothers Brothers.

I a) took a photo, then b) placed them back in their cribs with nary a word. I read somewhere that negative reinforcement is even worse than snapping a photo so you should say nothing at all. I am currently sitting in my kitchen giving myself a pep talk and anxiously awaiting Round 2. They might win a battle here and there but they will not win this war. I am going to go watch a few episodes of Band of Brothers to psyche myself up for what may be a long, somber series of sleepless nights. Not to diminish the importance of World War II, but in my cushy little world I might as well be General Patton drawing up the strategy for storming the beach at Normandy. (If this analogy is historically incorrect, I don't want to know. If I wanted a history lesson I would have attended class in college.)

People, my sanity is already hanging from a proverbial thread. I will, however, blog from the loony bin provided they don't put me in a straight jacket or hook me up to some machine that renders me like Jack Nicholson at the end of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Pray for me. If you're into that sort of thing.

13 comments:

  1. You have to hold strong, General! I do have to give moms of twins some props here. When you have one child doing these types of things, you go about being the mom and placing that child back in the crib etc. etc. They will get bored of it eventually. However, the mother of twins has to deal with the chaos, laughing, giggling, feeding off each other that the pleasure of one-uping the parent brings to TWO children. Therefore, this is now a game. Hang tight. You will make it through! May the force be with you. Or at least stock up on some wine.

    Almost wet my pants at the Smothers Brothers reference!

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  2. I would have had to step out of the room for a moment, laugh my head off, then come back and sternly put them back to bed. None of my kids have ever climbed out of their cribs (knock on wood--I've still got one in a crib), though they have done things like sit in the crib drawer until it broke off. But forming a plan, then pretending to be asleep in the laundry room? Those are some smart toddlers, not to mention almost painfully cute.

    I hope they give you internet priveliges in the loony bin.

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  3. I cannot comment on whether the history analogy is right, because I have no idea.

    I also have no idea how to handle twins at bedtime.

    So I am of no help, but I do enjoy a funny toddler story with a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest reference.

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  4. Dude-- this cracked me up! You are indeed in for some long nights (years??) with these 2 cutie pies...

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  5. When my twins were two they started stripping off all of their clothes and throw them around the room. cute now but at the time I not happy. ever since then they have had seperate rooms.

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  6. They can't stop!! This is providing me with a good laugh each afternoon!

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  7. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one going through bedtime battles. When my little guy woke up at 2 this morning, the only way he was going back to sleep was on top of me in our bed. He won this battle, but I know there'll be more.

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  8. Please Please Please share your thoughts on the DWTS line up choices. Total superheros they've chosen for season 10. Not quite sure who I'll be rooting for to win, but I know who I'll be rooting for to make an embarrassing fall :)

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  9. Why don't you get crib tents?

    http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/184-6929344-5103751?asin=B000XSD9GG&AFID=Froogle_df&LNM=|B000XSD9GG&CPNG=home&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

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  10. What Kendra said about laughing . . .

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  11. Too cute. My daughter (back in the last century) told me, "You can make me go to bed, but you can't make me go to sleep." Face it. They're smarter than we are.

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  12. Put them to bed in the laundry room tonight and see where they end up.

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  13. I love reading about your girls because (1) they are adorable and always up to something interesting, and (2) they make raising my strong-willed daughter seem easy by comparison. (And that is NO EASY FEAT!)

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