After dinner, around 6:00 in the evening, we begin our bedtime routine. ( I wish I could say I have been this totally awesome mommy who has been great at following a bedtime routine since Robert's birth... well, I haven't been. The important thing is, I finally have developed a bedtime routine that works for us and we have been consistent with it for the past few months! )
At 6:00 p.m Robbie takes his bath in his big yellow rubber ducky. I set his timer for around 7 to 10 minutes, when the timer dings it's time to get out.
Then it's time to go potty.
( Quick side note, we have taken the next step in our
potty training, or should I say getting acquainted with the potty time. I keep a huge jar of M&M's in the bathroom, Robbie gets one M&M every time he uses the potty, which he is now asking to use about 5 or 6 times a day!! I found this new potty which I ABSOLUTELY love!!
The Lionheart Potty
These little potties fit right on the big potty and come in these great colors! We of course chose blue...
I love the soft, cushioned seating surface. It seems to be comfortable and gives a Toddler a sense of security during training time.
- Built in splash guard
- Attaches securely with suction cups
- Easy to remove and wipe clean
- Stands upright when not in use
and the best part, only $11.70 at Target!!
Next, we brush those pearly whites, get on Jammie's and choose three books to read in "Mommy's big bed", which is toddler talk for my bed .
After each book has been read and all of the stuffed animals, "Robbie's babies" have been kissed goodnight, it is prayer time.
If you have never prayed with your child before, I encourage you to start!! Yes, you will have to start the prayer and model it for your child, but in no time, that sweet little toddler will begin to know the prayer time routine and make it his/ her own.
Robbie loves to ask Jesus to bless all of the people in our family and all of our friends, he goes down his list of people each night... I just love hearing his sweet little voice pronounce each name.
In Luke 11, one of the disciples asks Jesus how we ought to pray. Jesus gives them what we now call, "The Lord's Prayer".
who art in heaven
hallowed by thy name.
Dear God, you are such a good God. you are mighty , strong and wise.
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
God please make things here on earth the way you want them to be.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Thank you for giving me food to eat, water to drink, family and friends to play with, a warm house, and a safe place to sleep.
And forgive us our trespassers
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
please forgive mommy for being impatient ( or whatever Mommy wants to model forgiveness for)and please forgive me if I made any unwise choices today [or if child didn't listen or if child got mad because he/ she didn't get their way]
And lead us not into temptation.
Protect me, God. Keep me safe. Please watch over and bless daddy on the boat ( because my husband is deployed) , mommy, all of his grandparents: Gigi, Bampa, Grandma Carla, Grandpa Ken, and the rest of our family. ( this takes us a while, because we name each person. Then, we name our friends and other people who have asked us for prayer, or even people who we have met during that specific day.
Help me to grow in wisdom and stature like your son Jesus, and help me to love you with all my heart (I point to his heart). all my soul, (I put my hand flat on his chest), and all my strength, (I do muscle arms with him).
we love you so much God!Amen.
which Robbie always says loud and enthusiastically!
A- men! haha
I also wanted to share with you a few great new Christian children's Cd's I recently purchased.
My church's bookstore was having a sale today, EVERYTHING was 50 % off!!!
I purchased this wonderful Cd for $5.00!!
I have it on continuous play in Robbie's room while he is sleeping.
It has soothing and relaxing hymns, lullabies and praise songs.
About a month ago, I purchased this Cd from my local Christian book store. I love the Gaither ministry. My little guy dances around the room and sings along with this great, up-lifting praise Cd!!
Here is Robbie in his toddler bed at Gigi's house tonight. This picture cracks me up, because my husband always sleeps with one foot out, no matter how warm or cold the weather! haha
Sweet Dreams Friends!