Toddler Shenanigans

Here’s are a few totally random pieces of background information before I tell this story….

My daughter is 3.

She loves dresses (and princess crowns).

Our cleaning lady comes on Tuesdays.


Now for the story…

Most nights Ryan does not want to go to bed and pulls out all the stall tactics she can think of. She has a pretty good sense of when its bedtime and about 5 minutes before, she asks for a drink, or a snack, or a story, pretty much anything to allow her to stay up longer! Then after we get her in bed, she often sneaks half way down the stairs and sits there eavesdropping. We actually discovered this because one night she fell asleep there and actually fell the rest of the way down the stairs!!! Oops!

Anyways, last night my sister was over for a quick visit and we heard Ryan playing in her room, going back and forth between her room and the bathroom and then finally she not-so-quietly snuck down the stairs. After just finishing telling my sister that lately Ryan has been all about changing her clothes multiple times a day – which, apparently is something most little girls go through, and really, I’m ok with it – most times – she sheepishly came down the stairs asking for a drink wearing her Halloween bumble bee costume!

But it doesn’t end there. She has her drink, we say bye to my sister and I take her back up to bed to find this….(keep in mind her room was spotless when I put her to bed) ….


So, needless to say I was a little surprised to see this much mess! I mean she’s pulled a few things out of her dresser and changed a couple of times here and here, but this is crazy!

I tried my hardest not to laugh, but with her sitting there saying “I’m sorry mommy, I’m really, really sorry” it was hard not too!

So guess who’s learning to fold and put away laundry after daycare today! Yep, my sweet little girl!

And guess who will not have a dresser in her room for the next few weeks….yep, Ryan!!

Any other suggestions?
Ideas on how to help her fall asleep?

6 responses to “Toddler Shenanigans

  1. Could she be outgrowing naps? As a mom, I know it’s hard to give up that time, but my daughter stopped napping altogether before she was 3…maybe closer to 2! She goes to bed early and gets enough sleep at night, so I’m okay with it. Maybe refer to it as “quiet time” so she doesn’t feel like she has to sleep if she’s really not tired? Good luck!

    • It’s definitely possible! But…. she is at a home daycare where all the kids nap so taking it out really isn’t an option. I’m also not sure she’d make it through the day without a nap, most days she crashes hard!

    • Love the idea of quiet time. We do tell her that if she doesn’t want to nap she needs quiet time – read, play quietly – and we also use it at night to encourage her to stay in her room and in her bed.

      Things seem to be better these past few days, so hopefully it continues on that path!

      Thanks for your advice 🙂

  2. good thing she’s cute. I was dying laughing when you sent the pics over last night. if you can get her to fold and put her clothes away come on over and give jacko a lesson! He’s a big fan of living out of his clean laundry basket…it drives me NUTS!

  3. My daughter is 6 whnd she just now got her clothes back in her room! She had a closet that we put a key lock on, and when we moved to the new house in AZ, her clothes were in my closet for quite awhile! I love my little girl!

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