sewing: bath and bedtime

DSC_0083Oh bedtime…that most blissful of times.  Soak the kids in the tub, letting the warm water calm their bodies and soothe away any troubles from the day.  Then gently wrap them in towels to cuddle on the couch and read a story or two before tucking them in, kissing foreheads and chubby cheeks, letting them drift off to sleep.  Ha.  Hahahaha.  Riiight…

Let’s try that again.  Tell the kids they need to take a bath.  They maybe smell a little, and the dirt from the playground is sticking in the snot they’ve wiped across their face by using the back of their hand (tissues are so lame.  also, we don’t have any).DSC_0099 DSC_0111Listen to the kids first protest the bath, then refuse to get out, playing some sort of mock water polo that soaks the floor. Rarely do they bathe together these days, their bodies are just too long to share the space, and their personalities too big not to make it a fight. So do this three times.  DSC_0165-2 The trip from the bath to the couch actually IS my sweetest moment, where even the oldest asks to be wrapped up and carried.  If it’s cold in the house, I get a few moments where they cuddle up in their towels and under blankets, but if it’s warm out they are jumping from couch to couch wiggling butts and naming anatomy, rejoicing in getting to call out PENIS! without ramifications.  (penis talk is, sadly, not allowed at the dinner table)DSC_0371a  Sometimes I ask if they want me to read, usually it’s no, and we pop on some America’s Funniest Videos (soon to be replaced by American Ninja Warrior) and chill for a bit. Television coma faces ensue.DSC_0478 DSC_0479 DSC_0477 Now off to brush teeth, and check my son’s toothbrush to see if it’s wet.  It’s not.  Hey kid, seriously, brush your teeth. Try to make fillings sound super scary.  Also hoping he forgets this little speech the first time he actually has to have one done.  Oops.  They all now ask for books, but nope, I just don’t do reading in bed, which probably is mom sacrilege, but we have a long history of this just. not. working.  Instead, its usually a song or two for the boy, drinks of water and kisses for the girls.  Phew, peace out (until they come out in five minutes).  Bedtime is exhausting.

The kids used to all like the same towel, this faded and pilled yellow hooded bath towel that I was gifted for baby Chloe (who is now almost 8).  And since, you know, I sew and all I thought I’d (finally) make them each their own towel.  I love the simplicity in that–three kids, three towels. DSC_0390DSC_0398DSC_0431The first one I made was the blue one, in which I did not follow the internet’s directions of only using half of a hand towel.  Silly me. Always listen to the internet. The girls have smaller, more appropriate hoods.

Bam!  Hooded towels for all. #sewingfortherealworld #vscocamAnd in continuing my effort for real-life sewing, I made the kids some pajama pants out of some fleece I bought at Jo Anns a couple of years ago.  Time to use up the stash or lose it.  DSC_0468 The fabric pilled up quite a bit after the first wash, but, eh, they work.   His reactions are the best, he was equally as thrilled with his special blue towel.  DSC_0475 Those little birds are actually super sweet on the girls pairs, and Conner was so happy (as always) to have something special made for him. His reactions are the best, he was equally as thrilled with his special blue towel.  DSC_0464

And so to bed.    (but mom, the sun is right in my eyes!)



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  • Reply Meghan June 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Ahhh sounds like the bedtime routine in my house – right down to the shouting of the word penis and the zoning out to Americas Funniest Home Videos ha!
    The towels and pj pants are great! The fabric you used on the girls pants is so sweet.
    I seriously need to scrap the dust off my machine and sew some up for my kiddos as well. The hooded towels they have now barely covers their butts

  • Reply BIG TED little ted June 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    WHAT! you don’t read them stories? ;-)

  • Reply Carla // small + friendly June 7, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Oh yes, I can so relate to this bedtime routine. Why every single night do they protest the bath and then protest getting out!? My son’s whole nighttime routine is peppered with what we call stall tactics. Sometimes he’ll even look right at me with a Devilish grin and say “I’m doing stall tactics.” I love the hooded towels, such a great idea!

  • Reply Hazel August 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Re brushing teeth…I’ve heard that the tooth fairy gives less money for teeth that are not cared for…seems to work for the moment!

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