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if you ask your mom to lie down with you

If you ask your mom to lie down with you, she’s going to fall asleep…
She will wake up in a panic and head downstairs to clean up the kitchen…

When she is cleaning the kitchen, she will notice that someone left a cup in the living room.
When she goes to get the cup out of the living room, she will notice that the TV was left on.

When she goes over to turn off the TV, she will see that it is HGTV and they are playing her favorite show.
She will sit to watch her favorite show.

When she sits to watch her favorite show, she will remember that her husband just bought ice cream.
She will go to get her favorite ice cream and see the messy kitchen.

She will start cleaning the kitchen again and hear the washer beep.
She will go upstairs to get the laundry out of the washer and she will hear a voice.

When she turns to find the voice, she sees a 3 year old standing at her door.
She will go back to tuck the three year old in and she will hear “Will you sleep in my bed?”

She will lie down in bed and fall asleep, again.
When she wakes up ten minutes later, she will go to her room.

In her room, she will pick up the shoes and toys that were left in there.
She will put them into the closet, passing the bathroom along the way.

When she sees the bathtub, she will realize that she meant to clean it today.
Once it is clean, she decides she should enjoy a clean tub.

When the tub is clean, she puts on her favorite pajamas and turns on the show that she taped from before.
She will want to lay down, in bed, to watch her show.

When she gets into her BED, she thinks about all of the things that she forgot to do.
Thinking of the things that she forgot to do will remind her that she has an ongoing list on her dresser.

She gets out of her bed and finds the list.
Seeing the list reminds her that she wanted to leave little notes on the kid’s floors that say “GOOD MORNING!” so they will wake up and find them in the morning.

She writes their notes and takes them to their rooms.
Seeing them sound asleep reminds her that she is exhausted.

She goes to her room, gets into her bed and falls asleep for a few hours.
Then she hears someone call for her, because if you ask your mom to lie down with you, she’s going to fall asleep…♥


Ps- here is our bed (that we think is the absolute best bed anyone could ever own!  Seriously!)

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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. You have me from the title because I just knew it was going to be like the books! Now I’m going to have to show the bed option to hubs because we’ve been wanting a new bed. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. haha! That book is a favorite of ours. (And seriously- the bed is AMAZING. Not a night has gone by that one of us hasn’t said “This bed is awesome.” Or “I love this bed” since we got it. ahhh…. sleep. 😉

  2. Haha I think this one is a book in the making Becky 🙂 I haven’t heard of this product so thank you for sharing it. I agree—a good night’s sleep is so important!

  3. My husband and I are ready for a new bed! We are currently sleeping in a full-sized bed with standard mattress and have been wanting to upgrade to a good queen-sized bed.

  4. I need a good night sleep because I wake up in the middle of the night and feel tired the next day.

  5. My mind definitely races when I get into bed. I try to decompress for about an hour before I hit th hay, but sometimes I need to get out of bed and start reading so that I get tired. Reading some of my Dalai Lama book always does the trick!

  6. I’m such a mind racer when I’m trying to go to sleep! There have been countless nights where I wake up at 3 in the morning and just have to get something done, my hubby thinks I’m crazy. 🙂 My sleep quality has significantly improved since I went Paleo earlier this summer though! (Now I just need to get a new and wonderful mattress like you did!)

  7. I work with older adults and I need a good night’s sleep to help as many people as I can 🙂

  8. I always have a problem shutting off my mind to fall asleep. it never fails that I toss and turn all night, especially if I know I have to get up early.

    1. I know – I toss & turn thinking of different things when I get into bed. (and same thing- if I have to get up early, I just can’t sleep!)

  9. I have a hard time falling asleep (an hour or more). But once I’m asleep I don’t wake up until I have to go to the bathroom and then I can fall right back asleep.

  10. Hi, I need a good nights rest because….! Since I was pregnant 3 years ago, I had heartburn and then had to sleep in a recliner to help that. Then when child was born, I continued to sleep in recliner because every time I nursed her, it put me to sleep. Then, I got pregnant again…I have a 2 1/2 year old and 8 month old….now nursing her, I fall asleep STILL in that stupid chair. Some nights I get away for a while, but once she wakes to nurse again…i fall asleep again with her. And, sometimes, the other one wakes up and sure enough I cuddle her in that chair and off to sleep again! CRAZY!!

    1. Oh no!! that’s hilarious that you sleep there!! lol! You need a bed!

  11. I need a good nights sleep because I wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep!

  12. I usually wake up multiple times throughout the night. Sometimes a little dose of extra melatonin helps me sleep more soundly, though.

  13. I’m normally one of those people who gets into bed and thinks about 10000 things, including an embarrassing incident that happened 5 years ago, what my life goals are, contemplating the meaning of life, and so on. But pregnancy has cured that for me!!!! Even if I just sit down on the couch for a few minutes, I’m out like a light. :o) Bed even more so!