Tonight after dinner I let the boys run off some energy. I wish I knew where all of their energy comes from so I could tap into it. After dinner pre-bedtime activities include running in circles, emptying toy bins, driving cars, going up and down the stairs a dozen times. Sure looks like they are having fun though. At the end it’s Andrew that falls down and of course I say Parker because it’s the first name that came to mind.
The running went on for about 20 minutes. Then they started to wind down enough to play with their trains and cars. The boys have a ton of wooden Thomas engines (Thank you ebay) and we always have purchased them in multiples of three letting the boys each pick one of the new engines. This is why you will hear them associate each engine with a sibling (or themselves). It makes a great game to keep them entertained when we are out to eat and waiting for our food. I’m always impressed by the fact that not only can they name all of the engines, but also remember whose is whose.
Eventually they wore themselves out a bit, we can tell when they are ready for bed or naptime because the find a way to keep playing while laying on the ground.
Then all I have to do is get them to come upstairs to change, the secret weapon is the iPad. Every night before they go to bed we run an app called Nighty Night where they get to turn off the lights for all of the animals on a farm and tell them goodnight. They more or less demand it.
The time it takes to get upstairs and changed into pajamas is enough to recharge their batteries. Look how tired Andrew and Parker seem.
They were jumping up and down and doing something truly terrifying; climbing their crib rails. We’ve known for a long time the boys are more than tall enough to climb out of their cribs, but no one has actually climbed out or into a neighboring crib. I took one picture and put the camera down because I in no way want to encourage this activity.
What you can’t see is his leg is actually over the rail. The boys have all been sitting the rails at some point waiting for a diaper change. I worry about someone getting hurt falling out, but I know given what good climbers they are they could pretty easily get in and out on their own. We are not ready for toddler beds. I have a feeling in the next week or two we’ll be purchasing crib tents, since no one is ready for the boys to have free access to everything in their room (and the whole house at night).