Sometimes, just sometimes, when I'm home alone and putting the kids to bed.....there's bound to be one that falls asleep before I can get to them.
I think this has been one of the hardest parts of having 4 children. Learning to stagger. Because obviously you can't simultaneously put 4 kids down. (I know, rocket science). And since there are 2 in each bedroom, staggering has been super helpful in order to have a peaceful bedtime routine. Letting one settle down before we put the other one down has been the smartest thing we've started doing!
So how it usually goes down is Olivia is first to bed - since she has the longest day and doesn't get to rest. She doesn't like it, but I know she's tired because she is usually the last to rise in the morning.
Then I put Rhodes down in Landon's room. Let him settle in and find his perfect little curled up spot with his blanket in his crib - he sleeps in the cutest positions.
Then it's Lillian and Landon's turn. They usually get at least a rest time (Lillian still sleeps at least 2 hours a day if not more during the afternoon) during the day so they can stay up just a little longer.
The whole routine from dinner to bed takes close 2 hours - including bath, sips, teeth brushing, reading, prayers, bathroom breaks, etc. Usually we can sneak a little "horsey" time in there too. ;-)
All of this is followed by a pretty sleepy momma crawling in bed around 8:30 p.m. I know, it's sad. But sleep is precious and if I'm going to get any, it has to begin then!
So that's a little glimpse into our weeknight evenings! Sounds fun, huh!