I have been watching my children sleep a little more often in the last week and I have noticed a few personality quirks that follow each of them into dreamland.
Sam appears to have methodically arranged his animals, books, pillows, blankets and body into the optimum sleeping position before succumbing to sleep because he generally looks like he was posed by a movie director as “sleeping kid.” Every once in a while I will find him all tangled up in his blankets but more often than not, he is lying perfectly still with undisturbed blankets, surrounded by books.
This is very typical of Sam’s personality. He needs to have things organized and neat and his two favorite activities are arranging things and reading. He helped me rearrange our snack area yesterday in anticipation of having more kids over after school this year and was so happy to be organizing. I mentioned that I might run to the store today to get a few things to help us get better organized for school and he was very mad that I wouldn’t wait until after school to go. I promised I would wait until he got home to actually complete the organizational system.
Drew looks like he was in the middle of a wrestling match when he suddenly just fell asleep. His arms and legs are all crazy and his gajillion blankets are twisted, turned, and puddled all around him. There might be a shirt or some underwear tucked into a blanket somewhere, probably a book or two scattered around, and most certainly one butt cheek hanging out of his undies. He is my sleepiest child, almost always the first one asleep, but if you looked in on him, you would assume he had literally fought off sleep in a Summer Slam type way.
Again, this is so typical of his awake personality. His body is always falling, flailing and skittering around and if he is going to do something, he is going to do it full speed ahead. He is always twisting himself into strange positions and does not sit still ever. Lately he has been trying to be cool while playing Wii, attempting to sit and hold the remote nonchalantly like Sam does but he is simply incapable. Within minutes, he is on his feet, kicking and wildly flapping his arms. I love it.
Bridget appears to start arranging her blankets and animals before she falls asleep, then gives up and nestles them all in as close to her as possible, then starts throwing them back out to the edges of her bed. I know she wants to snuggle her “babies” and keep her blankets all snug around her but then she falls asleep and her restless legs start windmilling and pretty soon, everything is scattered all over and she can’t find her froggie, and her baby puppy is lost and everything is very traumatic. She is usually sweaty and loves to hide her face under her lovey while sleeping, which is pretty cute.
Once more, so typical of her personality: she wants everything a certain way but has some trouble accomplishing the arrangements. In her perfect world, Sam and Drew would tuck her in, placing each animal, blanket and book as she directs then sit there all night fixing them should she happen to kick something out of place. She does not enjoy sitting still either and has the attention span of a ….squirrel!
I would love to tell you that I sit and watch them sleep but in reality, I just sneak in and quickly kiss them before tiptoeing out and praying I haven’t woken them up. And in the boys’ room I’m usually plugging my nose because, let me tell you something, little boys stink.