Friday, March 13, 2009

The Kleenex Box

This was too amusing to wait until the end of the month to share. Emily's latest, most faithful bed companion is now none other than--a Kleenex box. As briefly mentioned in a previous post, Emily has developed a going-to-bed routine that involves 10-30 min. of loud wailing and protesting, excuses, purposely making herself slide out of bed onto a heap on the floor and occasionally violently hurling herself at the bedroom door while I stand guard outside to make sure she at least stays in her room, and usually her bed, too. Since we've taken away the "Need a drink!" excuse by leaving a water bottle in her room and "Have to go potty!" only works once, her new go-to excuse is "Need a Kleenex". She has apparently decided that she doesn't like the feeling of a tear-stained, snot-streaked face that inevitably accompanies her protest routine. Thus enters the Kleenex box. She actually started hauling it off the top of her changing table on her own. Now she carries it around and hugs it tight just like a stuffed animal during her protesting and makes sure it's tucked in close when she finally falls asleep. As you would probably guess, the box itself is not made to withstand this kind of "love" and has seen better days. In fact, it is currently almost completely reinforced with packing tape. I don't want to waste the half-full box, and I don't want her to ruin another one, so we're just going to call it a phase and hope that "this too shall pass..." :o)


Heather's Henhouse said...

This just reminds me of why we're waiting to put Wendell in a big boy bed for as long as we can. For now, our plan is to have the baby use the bassinet for the first few months and then work on transitioning Wendell. We'll see how it all goes. For now, this too shall pass.. but hopefully sooner than later :)

Kimber Van Essen said...

I love the picture of Emily fast asleep - so even though it takes what seems like FOREVER for her to fall asleep - she eventually does. I too have stood by the door waiting for my over tired child to fall asleep....mine however usually ended up on the floor in front of the door so it was almost impossible to open the door to their room without pushing them slightly out of the way - at least Emily is in bed snuggled up to her Kleenex box....hey if it works - go with it! And yes - this stage will pass...but another one will come in its place! Just enjoy!

Sarah Craft said...

LOVE this story!