- Two lights must be on. Her lamp that she touches the base to turn on as she shouts "Me DO IT!!" and her nightlight.
- Necessary allergy meds. Nights don't go well without.
- Her bed is absolutely covered in toys, dolls, stuffed animals, little friends she has. Two Snow White dolls--one plush and one Barbie--two Belle dolls (next verse same as the first), "Dragon" (her prize from a game at Six Flags), Baby Beck and Baby Ella dolls that go with us everywhere, the babies' milk and juice bottles (she is a great little mother, even remembering to take them potty all the time!), all the tiny princess figurines she owns, and a bunch of other little things as well. It's just a little toddler bed! I'm amazed at how she fits!
- We read SEVEN books. In order. There is no deviating from this. Must begin with the "George book" about Curious George's trip to the zoo and must end with the counting teddy bear book. During the Dora Halloween book, she has to exclaim "Ooh, scary!" when opening every.single.solitary.flap. There are the same little things we do for each book, liking pinching each others cheeks as we say, "Broccoli" in the silliest voice we can make while reading the doggie book of how the puppy likes to cook with his sister.
- She likes to be covered up under an array of blankets. Usually between four and five and finishing off with a large white blanket with Andrew's company logo on it.
- And then comes our time to make an exit. There is a lot of exclaiming of "No, Ish You" which is her expression she uses to ask to be held. Once she understands that she must stay in her room and I'm leaving, she's good. It's playtime, you know.
- And this is where the funniest part comes in. The shoes. Yes, my daughter gets out of her bed to pick out the perfect pair of shoes. She sleeps in the shoes. And you never know what shoes she will have on when you go to get her in the morning. It might be hot pink "sparkle" shoes. Could be her white flower sandals, or possibly as it was this morning, a pair of shoes too small for her feet that she dug out of a box in her closet. Rainboots, slippers, well, you get the picture.
- Depending on whether she is wearing her jammies of pants and a shirt (typically Old Navy jammies--she loves them) or her nightgown, she will spice up the outfit a little as well. For example, my sweet little thing is currently wearing a princess nightgown with her bathing suit bottoms over the diaper (backwards I might add because heaven forbid she allowed Mama to help), socks pulled up as far as she can get them, and her monkey slippers.
My silly little girl. Oh, and how am I greeted every morning by this ball of sunshine? "No, not YOU! My DADA coming!!" And then I get to break the news that her "Dada" has already left for the day.
Side note--I had to take a break in typing this entry tonight due to our tornado siren in our city going off for the second time in one week! We had to all pile in our closet once again (Maggie kept giggling about Brandy being in the closet with us) to take quick shelter. All is ok in our city now, but North Texas is getting pummelled with hail, wind, rain throughout the Metroplex right now. Hope that everyone in our area is safe tonight!!