I knew the likelihood of really sleeping would be slim. Hoping for the best, I corralled the littles and told them, "Mommy is going to take a short nap. Sissy will get you ready for bed at 2:00. Until then, play in here." I said, pointing to the living room. "IF you go to your room or toy room, please be quiet as you go down the hall! OK?" Nods all around.
If you recall - the ONLY path from the living room, kitchen, and schoolroom to the bedrooms and toy room is one hallway - the first room off this hallway is our master bedroom. The location in which I'd be snoozing.
|The three little munchkins|
Optimistically, I crawled into our bed and turned on the electric blanket. I rolled over, put a small pillow over my head to keep out some of the noises, and dozed off.
It wasn't too long that I did in fact hear the littles' giggles and laughs. Sounding like they were still in the living room, I managed to slumber on.
A short time later, the sound of a cute little herd of elephants mingled with the chatter of a barrel of monkeys grew in intensity. I opened my eyes, trying to decide if I should "remind" them of my request or just let it go. The clattering got louder and louder till suddenly there was a "shhhh... mommy's sleeping". The decibel level of their collective chatter immediately dropped and all I could hear was "whisper, whisper, whisper."
UNTIL...... they got PAST our door and further down the hallway to the toy room and bedroom doors - which is a total of say..... 4 steps away- at which time the loudness meter rose greatly.
|As you can tell they are ALWAYS quiet as a mouse. NOT!|
Having to concede that they were in fact following the rules I had set forth, I smiled - kinda, pulled the pillow tighter over my head, and attempted to find my way back to dreamland.