Photo Friday: Sleeping Beauties

Both Kids Finally Asleep
Both Kids Finally Asleep

I am on an ongoing (and completely unsuccessful) mission to teach my kids to fall asleep in the same bed when we travel. Before each trip, I enjoy delusions about the kids drifting quietly off to sleep together while my husband and I sit in the suite's living room sipping tea or watching a movie.

Of course it never works out quite that way. The evening starts with the kids super excited about the prospect of sleeping in the same bed, so excited that they can't settle down. The kids promise to avoid a litany of funny sounding behavior that will get them separated "no shenanigans, hocus pocus, dilly dally, or chitter chatter" and then proceed to break every rule. When one settles down, the other suffers from renewed energy. I'm so desperate that I give them about 1000 chances to clean up their act (which only makes matters worse). Finally I separate them, sulking in a darkened room with D until both kids are asleep and I can move her back in to the bedroom.

Sometimes, like on this trip to Chicago, we have only one room, and the kids are awake until they finally can't hold their eyes open for another minute & then I sneak in to take a picture of them sprawled out on the bed -- fuel for renewed optimism on our next family vacation.

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  1. Soul TravelersIII on January 30, 2009 at 12:13 a.m.

    That picture is too adorable!! Nothing like sleeping children to make one smile. ;) With just one, we have it easy, she pops in bed with us! We cudddle, she falls asleep, then we get up for a while for adult time. ;)

  2. Mara Gorman on January 30, 2009 at 6:21 a.m.

    I love this photo and have similar ones myself. I think I'm pretty lucky because my kids are usually so whacked-out exhausted that they fall asleep immediately, even when I put them in the same bed. Although, as you may recall, we had that incident in the hotel over Thanksgiving when they got up and played for an hour in the middle of the night!

  3. Lanora Mueller (WritingTravel) on January 30, 2009 at 7:03 a.m.

    Love this shot! I have a whole series of photos of my younger daughter sleeping in hotel rooms and on trains. This strategy became necessity when, at a certain age, she rebelled against having her photo taken.

  4. jamie on January 30, 2009 at 7:22 a.m.

    AAAAAAARGH! Don't you just want to scream when this happens (and it always happens)? This is why many people don't travel with kids I think. I recently wrote about this on TwitterMoms ("Sleeping with the Enemy") and think I have to write about it again. It's therapeutic...

  5. Carolina on January 30, 2009 at 8:15 a.m.

    I keep thinking it will get better as my son gets older, but it doesn't. He just has more to talk about. That's why I love suites, that way I can just leave him to his way-past-my-bedtime ramblings, while I enjoy some down time.

  6. Sheila Scarborough on January 30, 2009 at 9:07 a.m.

    Aargh, I messed up Mr. Linky. My photo is of the Cube Houses in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Thanks for letting me participate!

  7. helly on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 p.m.

    For my first photo friday, I've put up a photo of Vancouver as I know you're about to head up there. This is a great idea, I'm seeing some brilliant photos, thanks for organising.

  8. Jen on January 30, 2009 at 3:44 p.m.

    Man...can I understand this post! We jump back and forth, we run around, we watch Nick all night...nothing works! That being said, my favorite series of photos that I have is when my kids were goofing off in a hotel room!

  9. Dominique on January 30, 2009 at 4:57 p.m.

    Ah....sweet dreams :)

  10. TulipGirl on February 15, 2009 at 7:51 p.m.

    Don't worry. . . it will come! Sometimes it just takes a little time. (And now I'm off to find a pic of my four little boys, ages 2 - 7, sharing a bed in a garret apartment in Paris.)