Thursday, July 13, 2006


Last night she was asleep by 9:30, and today she napped,so I thought we were in the homestretch. But tonight, 10:30 again.

The last few nights she has been insisting that I tell her a story. When I asked her what she wanted it to be about, she said, "Dinosawr!" One named "Crunch", specifically. Crunch has been lost in the woods and escaped a T-Rex (or Dinosawr Rex, as she calls them), lived with a little girl and her parents, and gone sailing on a boat in the ocean so far.

Have I mentioned that I don't really have a creative bone in my body? Maybe one of the small, inner ear bones is creative, but it doesn't get much say. I am of German ancestry, and it seems to be overwhelming the Irish part when it comes to telling tales. I actually sat down and googled "Dinosaur Story" yesterday, in hopes that it would help. Apparently there are a lot of other people who don't have my problem. Or maybe they did, and just honed their skills by telling stories late at night to overtired toddlers.

On the bright side, this is what she decided she wanted to wear for Halloween. I wish you could hear her try to say "triceratops".


The Imperfect Christian said...

Oh, get the Danny the Dinosaur books!! My son and I both loved those when we were her age!!

Jen said...

I know this is going to sound like a crazy idea, and believe me, it will be wretchedly painful for the first few nights. Don't let her get up after you put her down to bed. I know, I know, this sounds insane, I have been where you are....Abby would get up several times in the night until she was almost 3. Finally, at the request of my pediatrician, for an entire week, we did not all get up and appease the night owl. It was excruciating the first few nights, the howling, the screaming, the pleading, no one slept. Then the fourth night was a bit better, and by day 6, she knew we were not coming, so why put out the effort.
Not sleeping at all sounds ridiculous right now, but if you can break her in a week, I promise it is worth it.