Mr Messy and Drama Teen went to the Supermarket not long after the littlies had eaten their tea. Little Prince's play got wilder and wilder and after he'd hurt himself numerous times, I decided enough was enough and got him to get ready for bed. It was only half an hour before his normal bedtime, so it wasn't a huge deal really. He protested and sat on the floor and said he wasn't moving, but I managed to get him to go and get ready without too much more fuss. I heard him crashing and banging about in his room for ages afterwards, so I know he didn't go straight to sleep! But at least he was upstairs and not charging around down here and risking hurting Princess Lollipop! And besides if I hadn't got him to go upstairs I would have got really angry with him and then we would both have been upset!
Due to her earlier "power nap" Princess Lollipop was NOT ready to sleep at bedtime, but she did want to stay sat on my knee snuggling which was lovely :-) When Mr Messy and Drama Teen got back home they put the shopping away then came into the lounge, and that was it Princess Lollipop was back to WIDE AWAKE! Drama Teen made herself some of her favourite pasta bake, and all me and Mr Messy felt like was toast for tea.
And now we are watching the strange world of Child Pageants on TV! Its a bit weird watching these tiny little girls (and the odd boy) made up to within an inch of their lives and performing and fake smiling on the stage. And if its weird watching the children, some of the parents are scary! We watched one the other day where the mother visibly favoured one of her twin daughters over the other. It was so sad watching one little girl being told how wonderful and perfect she is, and the other being denigrated and put down at every opportunity :-( The non favoured child won the pageant and was visibly elated, but her sister started going on and on about how SHE had won not the other child and the actual winner deflated in front of our eyes. She looked so sad and haunted :-( I worry about the future for both girls - one who will expect praise and adoration and one who feels she can't compete or compare :-(
Princess Lollipop finally settled down and fell asleep, and despite hearing her disturb over the baby monitor, she got herself back to sleep without needing one of us to go and comfort her - HUGE progress for her :-) She slept well until the early hours of the morning when she crawled over for a hug from Mummy. Me and Mr Messy foolishly stayed up watching TV for far too long and got to bed late, so we didn't get the full benefit of a settled night.