Whenever it’s time to head upstairs for either a nap or bedtime, the ritual begins. Maxon scans the room for any toys that he desires to bring upstairs with him. It started off with one toy but quickly graduated to two (“TWO!”) toys. Very manageable. In the last couple of weeks he has attempted at least three toys at one time, including the cumbersome V-tech bus (“heavy!”) that us parental lackeys are expected to hoist up the stairs. It’s actually quite impressive to see that he’s figured out he can brace a couple toys between his chest and arms in order to carry more stuff. It’s also not uncommon for the assortment of toys to change as we walk towards the stairs. For today’s nap, he finagled two magnetic letters (O and M) and his red car. I vetoed the V-tech bus. When leaving the bathroom after brushing his teeth, he spied a Lego kitty-cat and insisted on bringing that in (his first booty was deposited in his room already). There was a last-ditch effort to recruit the red car once he was in his crib but I managed to hold my ground.
While we were in Yellowstone last week, we had gotten into the routine where I would run his bath and Mike would be in charge of books and putting him to bed. Since we brought a limited amount of toys on the trip, Thomas the Train Engine and the Cargo Car were his bedtime buddies. Midway through the week, he alternated between the Little People bus and his red-and-yellow truck, but only one at a time since the pack-and-play is so much smaller than his crib. (For censorship reasons, I am omitting how he actually pronounces “truck” these days.) However, on our last night in the park, he switched back to Thomas and the Cargo car. When Mike put him in his crib, Mike realized that at some point earlier in the bedtime process, Maxon managed to sneak both the bus AND the truck in the pack-and-play with no one the wiser. Acknowledging the he was defeated by a greater opponent for this round, Mike tipped his cap to the little lad and let him fall asleep with his stash. We all need to rest up for the next battle anyways.