Bedtime is normally a pretty easy ordeal in my household; my son is wonderful with routine. We brush our teeth, go potty, wash our hands, feed the fish, let the dogs out, put our PJs on, and read a book; it works. Munchkin falls asleep with me sometimes since I am pregnant and go to bed insanely early; it’s fine. I am not stressing out about all the parenting rules I am breaking or anything. Everyone is OK.
Well, last night was a very different kind of bedtime. After we read our story, my son got this crazy burst of energy converted into a need for knowledge. There were so many questions he had for me about animals; what they eat, what they do, where they live, and if they are nice or mean. He propped himself up on his pillow, eagerly awaiting my answers as he clutched Squeakers, his stuffed dolphin, and his blue blankey. It was dark so I could not really see his face, but I could tell he was smiling and his eyes were sparkling with excitement and satisfaction; I could not resist but stay awake to answer his questions the best I could. This went on for a very long time.
Not going to lie, he actually boosted my confidence in the brains-department LOL. I answered all questions to his satisfaction and even threw in a few extra facts. We learned that orcas are apex predators, animals aren’t necessarily “mean” if they eat other animals, and the differences between black and polar bears. I was so proud of him for seeking so many answers about animals; I know he is going to grow up with an awareness of nature and animals many don’t.
Anyway, this post is not necessarily to talk about my fascination with animals and nature, but more to indulge in the humor that is parenting and maybe give you something to smile about. You would have thought I gave him an entire bag of pure sugar before attempting to tuck him in! If you have ever put a four year old to bed that is just not tired; it can be interesting. I am not sure where the energy came from; but it was too cute not to humor! Let’s take a look at all the animals he had questions about last night. I added links to the pictures if you want to go over some of them with your little ones :).
I think that it is. I may be missing some, I was exhausted lol! But, it was worth it. Never miss an opportunity to teach them something!! I hope you and your little ones enjoy going over these if you have the time :). Thank you for stopping by!
Nicole lives with her husband and son in North Carolina. They have another bundle of joy on the way as well! Nicole enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time as a family, and working with animals. She also loves dance parties, red wine, Disney movies, and dolphins.