January 21, 2011

Conversations in the Night

“Jelly. It’s 2 in the morning. I know you’re sick, but you have to get some sleep.”


“Yes, Mommy is here. But you need to be quiet. You’ll wake your brother. Let’s just sit and rock for a minute.”

“Shhh…What is it, baby? Do you need a tissue?”"


“Okay, lets wipe your face. Are you ready to go back to bed?”

“No! Mommy!”

“I know you want to sit with Mommy, but Mommy’s so tired, sweetie. You need to get some sleep. Two more minutes, then bed.”

“Okay, time for bed now.”


“Honey, you need to sleep. You didn’t eat much dinner. Are you hungry? Do you want some milk?”


“Okay, let’s go get some milk.”

“Here you go.”


“Okay, you don’t need to scream. You just said you wanted milk. Would you prefer some juice?”


“Okay juice. Here you are.”

“Ank you.”

“You’re welcome. Let’s sit on the couch and drink your juice.”

“Coush. Aaa Done.”

“You’re all done? Are you sure? You only had a few sips.”

“Aaa Done.”

“Okay. Let’s go back to your room.”


“Yes, it’s time. Do you want to rock in the chair in your room for a little?”

“Wock chair.”

“Okay. Just for a few minutes.”

“Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry, go to sleep little baby. When you wake, you shall have, all the pretty little horses.”


“Blacks and bays, dapples and greys, coach and six little horses. Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry, go to sleep little baby.”

“Okay, baby. Time for bed.”


“One more song, then you’re going to sleep. What should we sing?"


”Okay. Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you…”


“Good. Up above the world so…”


“Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle little…”


“How I wonder what you are.”


“No book. It’s time for bed. 10 more rocks, then you’re going in your crib. 1, 2, 3…”


“Sorry. Mommy’s tired. Time for bed. Night, night.”

“Ni ni”






  1. Oh, Jennie...I so love this.
    I love that you wrote as she spoke.
    As a mother, I could so relate to the singing and rocking.
    And the sleep deprivation!
    Just lovely.

  2. I think I had this conversation just last night. Well done.

  3. Oh, that conversation...

    So cute and sweet and frustrating all at the same time.

    I kind of wanted to tuck you into bed by the end.

  4. This is exactly why when I am having nights like these I think of you! I swear, you sleep less than anyone I know. And I know how frustrating that is. Especially the part where you have to try and convince him or her that they must be quiet or the other one will wake up! It is like a time bomb.

    And I always wondered what that line was, the one that starts with Blacks and bays. I always just mumble when it gets to that part.

  5. You captured - so well - a moment of frustration and love that is so common in motherhood...at least, that's my experience of motherhood. Great job!

  6. I know those nights all too well!

    You captured it just perfectly. Perfectly!

  7. I love the little baby voice, the way she joins in on your singing. Perfect.

  8. @moveover: I wish someone had been here to tuck me in :)

    @mommytotwoboys: Our sleep patterns are kind of cyclical. We've had a tough few weeks, but I'm happy to report we had a full night sleep last night. Woo hoo!

    @Stephanie: since my son doesn't talk yet, we do a lot of these fill-ins. It is something I do naturally, but I love it.

    I do think this is something we all go through as parents. Thanks for the great support, everyone. The Red Dress Club has really been inspiring for me.

  9. Haven't heard of the red dress meme, but i love thus cute little exchange. Of course, in the moment, I'm certain it wasn't nearly as cute for you as it is for all of us reading this!!

  10. so cute, and i understand your exhaustion so well

  11. why why why don't they want to go to sleep??!! *yawns* Had a sick toddler last night here too! Jen

  12. I wonder what time it was by the time you finally got back to sleep. Yawn.


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