Just Try To Put the Toddler To Bed

Okay, I know I have not been posting much the past couple of months. But  I promise I have a “semi- good excuse.” I just wanted to add a short post about something that has been on my mind for quiet some time. Last night I had an unexpected date night  babysitting job with a seven year old and an almost two year old. They were supposed to be in bed by 8:30 pm. I started getting them ready about 7:45 or so. We watched “The Bubble Guppies” for about twenty minutes and usually, by this time, both the girls would be fast asleep.

I thought they were, but when I left the room the 22 month old started screaming. She seemed genuinely terrified. I have only taken care of her one other time, but it was enough to know that she usually goes to bed just fine (a blessing with a two- year- old, I know). I went back into their bedroom and rocked her until she calmed down and put her back in her bed. After at least 5 minutes of quiet, I was relieved. “Your work is done, Merissa. She was just a little scared.” After about seven or eight minutes I heard a loud THUMP! I opened the door, and the look on her face was priceless. As if she was saying “What? I’m just moving around a bit…”

I proceeded to pick her up to put her back into her bed. She began to scream again. She shares a room with  her sister who is in first grade and needing to sleep. I tried to take the little one to a rocking chair in the living room to help her calm down, but every time I took more than two steps away from their bedroom door, she would start to scream again. So, with one good foot and a mind to “tune- out” the pain in my other one, I stood in the living room less than two feet from the bedroom door and swayed back and forth

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This swaying soon got too painful on my ankle to handle, but when I tried to sit down or put her down, she only screamed some more. After about 45 minutes I asked her mother for suggestions. It turns out the problem was the simplest one to solve. I actually felt embarrassed that I didn’t think of it. The girl could not sleep without her pacifier! So, after handing her the pacifier, I let myself back into the living room laughing and mentally kicking myself all the way. Then I felt the pain in my ankle from standing too long and I thought to myself “The things we do for the next generation.” But it’s all worth it in the end, because we get to nurture a new generation who learn to put others first.

Have you ever had that kind of “brain- fart?”

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