A few nights ago I had this great idea to help the kids get to bed. I named it the "Bunnified Bun Check". Sound complicated? It isn't really. Sound like it involves a bunny? You bet! I didn't think much about it when I started it I just thought it was a fun idea. Now it's a nightly thing. Both kids will actually run to their beds to get tucked in so that Baby Bear/Bun Solo/Ironbun/Atila the Bun (we haven't decided on a name) can happily hop around their bed "checking" for monsters. And hopefully not leaving anything behind, if you catch my drift.
I knew how important this was the other night because we had allowed Honey to stay up late to watch wrestling (don't judge me). It was a holiday the next day so we didn't mind and we knew how excited it would make her. In all the confusion of the end of the event Baby Bear put himself in his cage and I closed the door. Uh-oh! Big Oops! Honey was so upset. I had to explain to her that Baby Bear was tired and would be more than happy to do the Bunnified Bun Check the next night. Then I proceeded to do the Bunnified Bun Check in his place. Not the same, but at least I got her giggling. Phew! (FYI Never try to be a bunny in a bunk bed. Ouch!)
I have also, since the first night, had to use my "Baby Bear" voice whenever he is conducting his investigation. Oi! It's amazing because half the time I can't remember what I said or did, so my kids fill in the gaps for me. B-Man's favourite part is when he turns on his seahorse and calls it Baby Bear's butt music. I guess the first night Baby Bear turned it on himself and it startled him because there was music coming from his rear. Honey likes to pretend that Baby Bear doesn't know what stuffed animals are and can't figure them out. Which is more truth than pretend.
It's fun making bedtime memories with my kids though. I hope that when they have kids they can do things like this too. It's the little things that make the most impact and, really, there is nothing better than listening to my kids giggle or seeing the huge smile on their face as I walk into their room carrying a 4 lb ball of fluff. It's just awesome!
Do you have any bedtime memories from when you were a kid?
How do you get your kids to bed without a fight?
You know the saying, the grass is always greener on the other side? This is my attempt to find greener grass right where I am in my life.
BTW - I'm the one on the right, just in case you didn't already know that.