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Six Bedtime Stories!

Isabelle only lets Marc read one book to her (My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein and Tom Jellett). I get to read all of the lyrical picture books.

It’s all because we ate an early dinner in the sukkah.

You see, we typically eat dinner at 6:30 p.m. since that’s the earliest my husband can be home from work. But not tonight. Even though my husband went into work this weekend, he was home all afternoon. We planned to go to our synagogue’s potluck dinner in the sukkah at 5:00 p.m. (We got there at 5:30 p.m. since yours truly got pre-occupied with work and forgot to start the dish she was bringing ’til 3:54 p.m.!) As a result of an early dinnertime and no kitchen clean-up, we had Isabelle upstairs, starting her bedtime routine at 7:06 p.m. That’s about a half hour earlier than she’s normally upstairs!

Everything went super-fast tonight, which enabled the three of us to crawl into bed at 7:25 p.m. for 35 minutes of bedtime stories. Never have I ever read her bedtime stories for that long! It was great. We read stories as a family, just like we do every night, but without the rush-rush-rush. Even though the clock was ticking, it seemed to be ticking slower since I knew we had more time ’til Isabelle had to turn in for the night. That means we read not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but SIX books before bedtime! By the time we finished, she looked sleepy!

Right after we closed the door to Isabelle’s bedroom I gave my husband a high five. What an accomplishment to read that much and have such a relaxing night.

That said, we won’t be eating dinner regularly at 5:30 p.m. anytime soon. But it’s nice to know that we can do it once in awhile if we want to make Isabelle’s bedtime routine a little more peaceful.

11 thoughts on “Six Bedtime Stories!

  1. What a nice glimpse into time with your daughter. That is, by far, my favorite time of the day… reading before bed. I “limit” my daughter’s books to 3 (that sounds horrible, but it’s with good intention!). I think I’ll head up there early with her tonight and read and read and read!! So glad you enjoyed this!!

  2. Doesn’t it make the whole day seem better when something as routine as the bedtime ritual goes extra smoothly? For us, a family of six, it’s often the dinner time routine that is hectic and rocky. It makes the whole evening better for everyone when we can enjoy a peaceful meal together without the “rush, rush” or the “sit down” or the “you need to eat your dinner” that often happens. Glad you were able to enjoy this time together.

  3. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING is better when it is slowed down, savored and enjoyed. I think we do such a disservice to kids (I’m talking mainly in school, here) when we rush through the day with them. Thanks for reminding us!

  4. The ease of your daughter’s bed time after eating supper in the sukkah reminds me of the drastic transition from the solemn Yom Kippur to the joyous Sukkot! Going from something difficult to something easy is much like the transition between the two holidays. Loved this post!

  5. It is a beautiful thing when bedtime goes smoothly. Snuggling with your sweet little girl and reading does sound very peaceful and it’s nice you were able to spend some extra time as a family together.

  6. I smiled as I read that you and your husband “high fived” at the bedtime extraordinaire! You captured the excitement of parenting moments that go just the way we want them to go! They do deserve a “high five.”!

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