5/21/2008

Bedtime Routine

I am in charge of putting Isabelle to bed at night and Chris takes care of Grahm. Right now, Grahm really isn't into books (unlike his sister at this age), so he gets a bottle and then goes to bed. But Isabelle, on the other hand, has quite the bedtime routine. After brushing her teeth and using the potty (she has gotten so much better with that the past few days!), she gets her pjs on and picks out a book for us to read. Depending on what it is (i.e.: a long Dr. Seuss or a short board book), we may read between one and three books. Then after that we turn off the lights, lay down, and sing some songs. I always let her choose what she wants me to sing to her (and sometimes she'll sing along, depending on how tired she is), and it's always the same songs in the same order:
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The Monkeys at the Zoo (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The Donkey Song (as she calls it - it's the theme song to Winnie the Pooh)
The Honey Song (again, as she calls it - it's actually Return to Pooh Corner)

Every once in a while she'll throw in another song in there, but otherwise this is the "playlist". So once that's done, I turn on her twilight turtle (a turtle that has the constellations on it's shell - very cool), and off to sleep she goes. I can't wait until Grahm starts to get more into a bedtime routine, other than taking a bottle and going to bed. It's such a special time to spend with them when everything is quiet and they snuggle right in with you. Definitely one of my most favorite parts of the day.

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