April 6 11

Can you read me one more story?

Wait, just one more story.

I need a drink; my lips are super dry.

I don’t like the orange cup.

Can you do the spider check?

I am cold, I need a hoodie.


I need my white blanket first, then my pink blanket, then the red one.

I need to pee.

Now I need you to put my white blanket on first, then my pink one, then the red one.

Where’s Baby Lexi? I can’t sleep without her!

Oh! I remember. She’s downstairs.

Now I need you to put my white blanket on first, then my pink one, then the red one.


Can I have one more story?

Can I have my math book?

Can you do the spider check again?

I need you to fix my pencil.

I need another drink.

OH NO! I spilled my water all over my shirt.

I need a new shirt.

And now I need to change my pants because they don’t match my shirt anymore.

Now I need you to put my white blanket on first, then my pink one, then the red one.




I love you.


I love you, too, my bedtime manipulator.


  1. Sitting on this side of the experience I smile and think, what a blessing. Check with me 11 hours from now and I’ll be tearing my hair out in clumps.

    Comment by Amanda on April 6, 2011
  2. This is my daughter too! But she’s only two and it only lasts about 45 minutes. So I guess I have 2 hours to look forward to in a few years. The other night I was called up because she couldn’t find her Minnie doll’s underwear. Anything and everything!

    Comment by Jaime on April 6, 2011
  3. OMG! my daughter does this EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. It drives me crazy – then when I have reached my limit I get the “ILoveYouDaddy” melt my heart.

    Comment by kevin on April 6, 2011
  4. My son is well-versed in these techniques. And his Manipulator personality is only eclipsed by his Negotiator personality. This kid needs to be a lawyer.

    Comment by Fadra on April 6, 2011
  5. I was never so great at this when I was a kid, mostly because me asking for a glass of water always meant I got one, sitting next to my bed. Which meant I stayed IN my bed. Ha!

    Comment by Kerri Anne on April 6, 2011
  6. Zachary. THIS IS ZACHARY.

    Comment by Meghan on April 6, 2011
  7. Nope. I have TWO!!!

    Comment by pgoodness on April 6, 2011
  8. You obviously know my two boys, only with less white and pink blankets and more Monster Trucks and hall lights on. Sweet Lord I am exhausted reading this and anticipating bedtime tonight.

    Comment by Jana on April 6, 2011
  9. I didn’t see you in leo’s room every night. How did you get her script?

    Comment by Dana on April 6, 2011
  10. She is SO my Emily’s twin.

    Comment by Angella on April 7, 2011
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