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Bedtime: The word that means victory to moms across the globe. We rocked it through another day of motherhood. High five!
We are finally starting to find our bedtime groove. Three months in to life with two kids and we are learning how to juggle bathing two little ones. How to get two kids dressed and ready for bed without a breakdown (from us or them). How to keep those special bedtime rituals Brody is accustomed to. We have finally found our new bedtime routine and it feels so good.
As 7:00pm rolls around, we start the timer for bath time! You may or may not spot me doing a happy dance in celebration of making it through another day. We usually bathe Isla every other day and Brody every night—toddlers are so messy!
If it is a bath day for both of them, they take a bath together. Brody adores helping shampoo Isla’s hair and showing her how to splash her feet. It is so sweet to watch them interact together.
After a little bath fun, we coax Brody out by letting him pick which animal towel he wants to use that night. He loves the bear towel and this frog towel is equally adorable!
Once the kids are dry, it is pajama time! Brody despises getting dressed some days. He wants us to chase him around the house just to get a pair of underwear on his little bum. We have started using the same strategy we use from bath towels and let him pick out his pajamas. When the fire truck pajamas are on rotation he is eager to put them on.
For Isla, we throw on some diaper rash cream, a diaper, her Owlet monitor and super soft fleece pajamas this time of year--Carter's pajamas for the win once again! Call me a crazy mom, but I can’t help but to smooch her and sniff her and cover her in kisses post bath. There’s nothing sweeter than a freshly bathed babe. Those little lamb feet make me smile so big.
After the kids are dressed for bed, we let Brody jump on our bed for a few minutes. Parents of the year, right? I am not sure when or how this tradition started, but he lives for his pre-bedtime jump session. I secretly love it too because it wears him out for bed. Lots of giggles ensue.
It is time to wind down. By now it is usually 7:30ish and JD or I cuddle up to read a bedtime story in Brody’s bed. We tag team, so the other one of us gets Isla ready to snooze. This month, Brody has been obsessed with a farm picture book. He keeps telling us his favorite vehicle is a combine harvester. Oh, silly toddlers! I say goodnight and head downstairs. Usually ten minutes later Brody pops out of his room to tell us to remember to make him food for the morning. Or to pee. Or to get a refill on his water. Or because his toe hurts. Or because his nightlight changed colors. Or all of the above. Then he finally falls asleep.
As crazy and chaotic as the evenings can be, a few minutes after sitting on the couch sans kiddos and I already miss them. You wish for it to be bedtime all day long then as soon as bedtime arrives you’re scrolling through pictures of your little ones because you miss them so much. The paradoxes of motherhood.