Today is our last day at the cabin in Upstate New York.
It’s hard to believe a month has gone by so fast. This has been the most relaxing and soul filling vacation ever. We came with big plans to explore the whole of New York, from Adirondacks all the way to the coast but we ended up in this tiny spot in the mountains happy as can be perfecting the art of doing nothing.
Most days we read and walked in the woods, Julian watched old reruns of black and white Lone Ranger episodes, we ate and we laughed and spent time with family and friends. Just down the road we befriended Paulina who grows the most amazing vegetables and fruits and Julian helped her at her stand. We ate nothing but local produce and hung out with our neighbors. Julian learned to do the dishes and took up archery. Max and Bruce stalked deer and barked at owls, slept under thousands of starts and swam under waterfalls. This truly has been a month to remember.
Some have asked me if this is our summer home and I wish it was. It belongs to a wonderful couple who lovingly call it their cabin in the woods. Luckily for you it is available for rent and you can find it HERE.
They say that if you really want to get your questions answered ask your child just before bedtime. Nothing is more inviting to them then a way to stall going to sleep. They will even answer beyond ‘fine’ the good old favorite ‘how was school’ question!
I often find myself talking with other mothers and while comparing parenting challenges I rarely have one to add. Not that my son doesn’t give me his share of reasons to turn gray prematurely but most of the time he is very obedient. Among other things he has always had a very structured and happy bedtime routine. In fact he informed me in kindergarten that he was the only child in his class that had a 7 PM bedtime. Of course he never quite begun his slumber that early but once in bed Julian stays there entertaining himself until he falls asleep.
Until this summer…
As days got longer in spring tucking him in while the sun was still up became harder and harder. He never complained but I would often hear him shuffling under the covers as late as ten o’clock. We agreed he can read until he gets sleepy but he would finish not chapters but entire book pushing his bedtime past nine on school nights.
I worried. But since only a few weeks of school were left I let it go. At the end of the day how can I tell my child off for reading J.R.R. Tolkien on his own at the age of seven? Couldn’t help but feel proud.
However summer vacation did nothing to help the cause. As I got busy getting the house ready to rent and packing our belongings for the move Julian’s bedtime routine kept getting more and more relaxed. Until one day, after driving across the States and crossing three time zones we finally reached the point of no return. My son’s bedtime these days is midnight!
I justify it in my head that realistically that means 9PM pacific time. I convince myself that he still gets at least 10 hours of sleep a day or more since he rolls out of bed in time for lunch. I tell myself it’s OK because that’s what summer is all about, indulging.
But let’s be honest. That’s just nuts. I have become a mother of a seven year old teenager.
So I am here to tell you THE STALL is real! It can happen to anyone and I want us to unite, share the experiences, find ways to tackle and defeat it and bring back the bedtime routine our children will thrive on again. Let’s claim back our evenings!
I am excited to tell you I have teamed with Sleep Number to host a Sleep Better Chat on Instagram tomorrow evening at 8PM CST. Join me to share and talk about what works best for us in ensuring our children get a restful, goodnight’s sleep every day. There will be prizes drawn daily with the grand prize Twin Sleep Number® SleepIQ® Kids k2 mattress set given to one of you participating in the chats at the end of the week! Please register HERE to enter the draw and join me on Instagram tomorrow evening.
Half way into summer calls for a recap!
Since the last day of school we:
1. packed out all our things to be shipped to Japan
2. packed out the rest to be stored while we relocate to Japan
3. prepared and rented out our house
4. left the island, drove across USA visiting 11 states along the way ( and wrote all about it HERE )
5. settled into a little cabin Upstate NY for the rest of the summer
6. said goodbye to friends way too often
7. had Max and Bruce groomed twice
8. Facetimed with daddy ( who crossed the equator two times already ) twice
9. took many photos but not nearly enough
10. and since it is 10 minutes past midnight I can declare this a Monday Listicle! Now that’s something!!!