*I wrote this post while participating with GoodNites Bedtime Theater, just so you’re aware. xo*
Perhaps no one really pays attention to what a change of seasons does to bedtime, but in our house? I fear it. For several different reasons.
The first reason is my vacuum what what my family does with it while I’m away.
They vaccuum up bugs.
All sorts of bugs, ladybugs, spiders, wasps and flys.
My vaccuum is a cansiter vaccuum and rarely to the sucked up critters die when taken into the canister, since I am the one who empties the canister I am the one pleasantly (not) surprised by dust covered insects clinging to life.
I’ve learned that if I come home to the vacuum in an unusual spot, the kids (meaning Cody and Addie) were probably playing bug vacuum cowboys.
I take a different approach, I scoop them up with tissue and throw them in the toilet.
Now here’s an interesting fact-did you know most spiders can tread water? For a really long time?
Neither did I until my husband came squealing out of the bathroom because he was just absolutely sure that the spider I had thrown in there earlier was lying in wait to jump out and crawl down his unzipped drawers.
Later that night I threw another spider down the porcelain gauntlet with strict instructions to FLUSH! AFTER! THROWING! IN! SPIDERS! the darn thing kept popping back up. It took three flushes to take out that particular spider and poor Cody was in hysterics that it was going to crawl out and across our bedroom, up our bed and onto his face to exact its revenge while he slept.
He passed his bug panic onto Addie. During her nightly “Let’s see what I can say that will be able to keep me up even just a moment longer” ritual she’ll run down the list of her fears.
“A spider might crawl in my ear!”
“The aliens might come to get their mud.” (Because aliens eat mud, you knew that right?)
“I’ll be sure to give them some.”
“I WANT MY GRANDMA!”
Oof. Grandmas are over a thousand miles away. “Nice try but you can talk to Grandma tomorrow.”
On it goes. Her sheets aren’t sheeted enough, her water isn’t icy enough, her armpits stink (honestly, that was last nights excuse.) it goes on and on and it gets worse and worse as summer comes closer because it’s light so much later and she wears herself out so much more in the sunshine.
Another season change nighttime plague on our house?
The little kid is literally a weed. Getting all tall and gangly and lean as she sleeps. It breaks my heart when she comes down sobbing because of sore joints and bones. It’s mostly sad because she’s in pain. It’s also sad because she’s getting too big. And it’s really sad because her clothes from last summer don’t even come close to fitting her this spring.
Bedtime and sleep are so important. Around our house we think that how you get to bed and sleep are just as important. Which is why we read and sing to Little Miss every night.
It’s also why Cody isn’t allowed to watch scary movies. Ever.
As the daylight is longer and the little person I put into bed every night is even more sun soaked and exhausted it’s important that she can sleep tight. Knowing nothing will get her, nothing will happen and that while she sleeps she’s safe.
I mean, wouldn’t you feel safe at night if your mom was a certified spider snuffer?
Bedtime is important to the people at GoodNites as well, from the NiteLight panel with expert advice from Doctors and moms to the downloadable Bedtime Theater Program starring Iggy. We’ve never had issues with bedwetting in our house, but we have had sleep issues. GoodNites isn’t just about a product, they’re about good nights. And tired parents everywhere could use a little help now and again when it comes to getting little people down and out to dreamland. When the kids sleep better? The parents do too.
I am being compensated on this campaign not for promoting a product, but for promoting the GoodNites Bedtime Theater contest and campaign, all stories and opinions are my very own. Especially the one about snuffing spiders. Be sure to enter the Bedtime Theater Contest soon! A chance to win $2,500 for your own family adventure and during my last bedtime kit giveaway next week you’ll get 5 extra entries if you’ve entered the contest!)