Saturday, September 27, 2008
I have a problem.
My two oldest daughters like each other too much.
Throughout the course of the day, this is something for which I'm incredibly grateful. They get along (most of the time) and play together quite nicely. After homework is done, they will disappear into their bedroom and happily play Barbies for hours on end. Probably, if it weren't for basic human needs like food and water, they'd never come out again.
They haven't always played together so beautifully. It's finally at a point where they have similar interests, and Chloe is old enough not to really annoy Bria. (Unlike Sophia, who gets locked out of their bedroom on a regular basis.) Seems to me this happened sometime this last spring, where they became inseperable.
It's downright wonderful. Makes a mommy's heart sing.
And that's when I wish they didn't like to talk to each other so darn much. Bria used to not be able to stay awake much past 8:00, she is such a morning person. But, all that has changed this year. Chloe is converting her to her night owl ways, and they are both in there whispering and giggling and telling secrets for several hours after lights out.
I finally had enough the other night.
I went in there and I told them that because I had had to tell them to go to sleep several times an hour for nearly three hours (it was about 10:30 by now), that they would have to get up at 6:00 am sharp and do ten jobs each before they could eat breakfast.
And I followed through the next morning, except only at 6:30, because it wasn't an early day for Joel and I didn't wake up in time. Oh well, I doubt they noticed. It was still dark outside and way earlier than they wanted to wake up.
Hopefully it did the trick. Thursday night they were only awake and gabbing till 9:00, and were both up and ready for breakfast a little earlier yesterday morning.
I just hope it lasts. I really don't want to have to take away their Friday movie nights.
And I really don't want to have to haul myself out of bed at 6:00 every morning, either.