Well, I wonder how many other houses have this much action at 3:30 in the morning?
Cast of characters:
A - Andrew (the baby)
J - Jake (8 years old)
B - Becca (10 years old)
K - Katy (13 years old)
C - Cousin Jordan (also 10)
So, last night, J and B beg to have C sleep over. C is homeschooled, too, so sleepovers on school nights are not a big deal. Me and the hubs say yes.
The night starts like this: at 9 pm, J, B, K, and C spread out their stuff in the living floor and start a movie. K is on the couch. B is on the love seat. J is in the floor on a pallet. They have dragged B's mattress into the living floor and C is on it.
Just before 11, movie ends. K leaves to go sleep in her own bed (no surprise there). B moves to couch.
Within 20 minutes, B leaves couch to sleep in her own room. I don't realize until later how weird this is, because, B has no mattress in her room. C is sleeping on it in living room.
At 3:30, A wakes up. I get up, feed him, put him back down. All big kids are sleeping soundly.
Five minutes after I lay A down, he is back up. I can tell by the sounds he's making something is up, like a burp or gas type of thing. So I get him and rock him and pat him for 20 minutes, and he's still fussy. So I think, well, maybe he's still hungry. I go to kitchen to make another bottle. It is dark. As I start to refill bottle, A lets out huge burp. In the dark I can't see it, but the splatting sound lets me know some spit-up has just hit the floor. Clean spit-up. Decide against bottle. Go back to rocking.
At this point, A is now wide awake. I'm trying to rock him (in our creaky rocking chair) without waking J and C who are sleeping in living room. J is obviously disturbed by the creaking because he keeps moving around. Bony little knees and elbows on hardwood floor = noisy. So finally I say, "Pssst, J, why don't you go get in your bed, or at least move to the couch." So he moves to couch to sleep.
Soon after (A is still wide awake), I hear noise from the girls' room. Out comes K. Headed to the kitchen for a bottle of water. On her heels is B, headed to the bathroom. A thinks its great fun watching them. Finally both girls are back in bed. A is starting to look sleepy. He's half asleep when TINY KITTEN decides its time to tackle the box of drawing paper. Much noise ensues. A is wide eyed again. J is annoyed by cat noise and packs up his pillow and blanket, headed for his own bed. I threaten kitten with harm if she doesn't be quiet. She understands me. Or she gets bored with it. Whatever.
4:30. A is asleep again. I lay him down, shoo cats of the bedroom. Kiss a half-asleep J good night. Move one drum, one toy gun, and one Buzz and one Jessie doll off his bed onto floor quietly as I can so he doesn't kick them off and make loud noises to re-wake A.
Somehow, C has managed to sleep through the entire thing without ever moving.
I sneak back through the house to bed. All is quiet til kids wake up around seven.
So, we started out with:
K on couch
B on loveseat
C on mattress
J on floor
We ended up with:
K in own bed
B on floor in own room because
C on B's mattress still
J in own bed.
I was talking about this and B and K looked at me like I was crazy for wanting to write it up. "That's boring," B says. "Not to moms, it isn't, " I say. "Moms will find it hilarious." Because at some point in time, everyone's house has been this crazy at 3:30 in the morning. And it's better to laugh about it than to cry, LOL.