By now, I should have known too well that establishing a routine for a growing up baby, toddler or child is a painful process. The pain comes from the constant change in their behaviour. For example, establising a routine to let the baby sleep at 7 pm when they are 3 months old doesn’t really ensure that they are going to stick with that routine for the rest of their toddlerhood! The job as parent is never done! It doesn’t mean that at 3 months old if they can sleep at 7 pm means we, as parents have succeeded in establishing their sleeping habit! Maybe few days down the road, we are back to training them to stick with the routine again!
Just a month ago , Mal had learnt how to sleep on his own during his afternoon nap. But for the past few weeks, the routine was kind of messed up with friend visiting and us travelling abit. Now when we tried to ask him to sleep on his own during naptime. He refused! He will either want me to lie next to him or he will keep insisting that he is NOT TIRED! He knew very well that after lunch, he will need to take his bath and followed by naptime. Even before he stepped into the bath room, he started reminding me that HE IS NOT TIRED! cos he knew that he was expected to sleep after his bath!
So just a few minutes ago, as I was lying beside him in his bed, with my facial mask still on. He was playing with his night light and saying how he can just rest by sitting up and not lying down, and that he is not tired thus do not need to nap. He then leaned over and said he wanted to kiss me! My NO was unheeded and the next thing I knew was him saying ‘Mummy RELAX, RELAX’ cos he was leaning so close to give me a peck on my cheek! actually he was kissing the mask! which tickled me so much…by the peck and how well he could use the word ‘RELAX!’