Eight p.m.

“Come on, Tori. It’s time for bed.”

“I don’t want tooooo.”

“You can either walk up stairs or I can carry you. Oooone, twoooooo…”

“No, mommy!”

Her little feet patter across the fake wood floor and she throws herself down on the stairs. She’s pretending to pout, but I see her grinning under her tangled blonde hair.

“Do you want me to carry you?”

“No. I going!”

She slithers up one step, still in fake tantrum position. I see her watching me from under one flung-out arm.

Trying to hide my smile, I step over her and pretend to start running up the stairs.

“I’m going to beat you! You better hurry up!”

“NO! I go first,” she giggles, pulling back on my legs with all her strength.

“You better go faster if you want to beat me!”

She pushes past me on all fours and gallops up the remaining steps. Then, reaching the top, she jumps up and grins down at me.

“I did it! I beat you! Yaaaay,” she claps, hopping up and down at the same time.

“You sure did! Now. Do you want to put on your jammies or brush your teeth first?”

“I go POTTY!”

“Okay. Let’s go in the bathroom.”

“I go potty downstairs!”

“No, Victoria, let’s use your purple…”

Too late, I realize she’s already quick stepping her way down the stairs.

And so it begins again.




11 Comments on Eight p.m.

  1. Jennifer Barricklow
    November 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Very sweet! Brings back fond (especially in retrospect) memories.

    Great dialogue: really creates the characters for the reader. Use of present tense very effective: generates a sense of immediacy, puts the reader in the scene. Nicely written!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Amber
      November 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you!

  2. jenny
    November 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Love “fake tantrum” position! We get that a lot in our house, too :)This 8pm sounds familiar…sigh!

    • Amber
      November 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm (4 years ago)

      Of course, tonight it was more like 9, but who’s counting?

  3. Venus
    November 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Aw, just when you think you’ve won, huh? 😉 thanks for sharing this slice of your life!

    • Amber
      November 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

      In toddler rearing, there is no winning. Only losing more or less. 😉

  4. Nicole
    November 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Ah yes, the joys of bedtime!

    • Amber
      November 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m pretty sure everyone who’s ever had a kid (or babysat one) is familiar with this technique.

  5. A Mother's Thoughts
    November 5, 2011 at 9:57 am (4 years ago)

    The are masters of the stalling technique. It’s a different generation of child now. In our days our parents would say get to bed and we would form the army line-up!! lol


  6. Galit Breen
    November 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Ah yes, this. I so know this.

    Good thing they’re s cute, right?


    • Amber
      November 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm (4 years ago)

      I tell myself that many times a day.


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