Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Brushing ... what a big deal !

Cantaloupe has always been a "light sleeper" (called so for the lack of better word). When she was a little baby, and the doctor suggested infants slept for 14-16hrs a day, my little girl slept for 12hrs max and mind you not at one stretch.... when the doc suggested 12-14hrs, she slept for 11hrs. As she grows, her sleep time seem to go down and by around 12 months, she was close to 9 hrs of sleep in a day.
9 hrs of sleep would have been nice, if that was her night time sleeping hours ... but no. She uses up 2 hrs for her afternoon siesta which means she hardly sleeps in the night. She is all fresh and energetic when her dad and mom are ready to hit the bed. Its such a big deal to put her to bed. Sometimes, by the time she falls asleep, it is close to 11:00pm. Now, one would wonder, why we put her to sleep in the afternoon ... its not us, but her caretakers (earlier her day care folks, now my parents) when we are off to work. I could request my parents to not put her to bed in the afternoon ... but she gets tired and crancy by evening and is seen with so little enthusiam by the time, we are back from office, it hurts ... and it hurts real bad. Besides, I know she needs rest during the day. So yes, like all other sacrifices, we sacrifice our sleep. (I have to get up by 5:30am to get to work)
Anyways, she is up most days by 6:15 - 6:30am in the morning... and there begins our first challenage of the day... to get her to brush her teeth. On miracle days, she shows no resistance and it happens without even the other parent getting to know about it. But on most days,my entire neighbourhood would probably know about it ... but thanks to the sound proof walls, neighbours still manage to greet us. Anyways, it takes a lot of patience to get her done with the brushing activity. She just doesn't give in and we don't either until we are satisfied... strike that, until we see a few rounds around the teeth. Its not a fun way to start a morning... but then do we have a choice ???


Poppins said...

Know that you are not alone. Some mornings brushing is a pain with poppin always wanting to brush by herself with her fancy Dora brush (She's crazy about Doh-ah)..

We literally take turns, with me doing the circle bits and she generally chewing the bristles and swallowing the paste :-)

BTW Cantaloupe is a totally cute name.

Cantaloupes.Amma (CA) said...

@Poppins: Guess what, in Cantaloupes' case, the problem has doubled since the time we got her a new Dora brush and paste :( She has always been throwing tantrums, but it was better with her Tiger brush ... now its going totally downhill. I guess, she doesn't like the taste of her new paste :)

Poppins said...

Uh Oh.. BTW I did your tag

SS said...

Hi there, am in the same boat as you where brushing is concerned!

My son bites and giggles and has a whale of a time and it is a painful process (quite literally :)before we get his teeth brushed. We take turns though,my husband goes mornings and I do it at night.

Cantaloupes.Amma (CA) said...

@SS : Same pinch with the turns ... sometimes, though both parents may get involved ...


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