I realized a long time ago that Matthew and Brandon are starved for attention. Tommy requires so much care, and it seems we are always going to one of his appointments, someone at our house to see him, and just regular baby stuff on top of it all! They act out a lot, and although I find this unacceptable behavior, I completely understand.
Of course, today was another one of those days where it seemed to be all about Tommy. I decided to change it around for them. After Tommy's appointment today, Rob and I took them to C.C.'s for pizza. Brandon loves the mac and cheese pizza! We then went to a second hand store called Once Upon A Child. Let me tell you, I love this store! I don't even know why I wanted to go, just kind of a gut feeling. I found Tommy a special Boppy pillow with a little gym attached to the top, and got Matthew and Brandon each a book. I also got them a movie. I found "Matilda" for $2.50.
So tonight, after lots of yelling and screaming, I decided to pick my battles, and at midnight, we began our movie! They had an absolute blast, and as soon as it was over, we said goodnight, and in less than 5 minutes, they were in bed. Looks like I am onto something here...now if I can bump the time up by 30 minutes a night, in a week they should be going to bed every night at a decent hour.
I vow every day to be a better mommy. Today was one of those days where I think I succeeded.