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A Great Idea

March 1, 2011

We have tried many things in the battle to get a little more sleep.  One of our best ideas was to put a timer on the lamp in the nursery so the twins would know when it was time to wake up, in hopes that they would roll over and go back to sleep if they woke up early at, say, 3 a.m.  This great idea never really got off the ground due to technical difficulties.  We got a little timer at the hardware store and got all set the first night, ready for everybody to lay quietly in bed until 7 o’clock.  At 4 a.m. we heard delighted shouts, “The light is on…It’s morning!” We rushed in, “No, it’s not really on…it’s not really on.” Turned it off.  Re-set the timer.  Everybody back to sleep.  It didn’t come on at 7.  Dan tried to crawl in and turn it on to reinforce the magical coming on at 7 effect, but it wasn’t the same.  This went of for about a week.  One night, they came walking into our room, delighted at about 10:30 p.m. Most mornings the light never did come on. So we shelved that strategy, only to try many other approaches without success.  However, this weekend Dan found digital outlet timers at Radio Shack so we are giving it another try!  We often find skits helpful when working on a specific behavior with the twins.  Last night after a few skits demonstrating how to wait quietly in bed until the light comes on, and several bedtime stories about children who waiting quietly in their beds until their lights came on, we let Charlie and Elisabeth pick one small “morning toy” to put by the bed to play with quietly in bed  if they woke up early. Charlie picked a little toy c.d. player. Elisabeth came shuffling to her crib dragging the huge little people barn. 

Me: “Oh, Elisabeth, I think that is too big to keep in your bed.”

Elisabeth: “Oh, but I love bawns!”

And, true to her word, she slept very well in the little bit of crib that was not occupied by the barn.  So well, in fact, that she’s sleeping with the barn again tonight.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Olson permalink
    March 1, 2011 2:54 am

    3 little cupie dolls—could they be any more dear—and I don’t think it just a Grandma talkin’

  2. Brenda permalink
    March 1, 2011 12:12 pm

    No. Here’s a great aunt talkin’, too. They are precious. I was expecting to see a picture of Elisabeth and the barn.

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