Sleepover – Fun, But Next Time LAPD Can Stay Away



Remember the sleepovers from when you were a kid?  Excitement, anticipation, tons of laughter and no sleep (hence the name SLEEPover)?

One of the things that was on my summer-to-do list was to have a sleepover with Kai.  His loft bed allows room for a guest underneath, so why not Mommy?  The sleepover was much anticipated: days in advance he managed to tell me that “Friday we’re going to have a sleepover party”.  Yep, it was all going to be so much fun.  I have to admit that I was probably just as much looking forward to it as Kai was.  The whole family had a movie night that night, so after some “Kung Fu Panda Fighting” it was time head to bed.


We read our story, we laughed and had a little tickle fight and then the exhaustion (caused mainly by the anticipated excitement) set in for my Little Man and he fell asleep.

And then I woke up.  In the same position as when I realized that Kai had fallen asleep.  I moved “downstairs” and continued (what promised to be a long night’s) sleep.  Kai sleeps on average 11 hours/night, so even though the goal of the sleepover was to have a fun experience with my son, I also knew that it probably meant a long night’s sleep, given that I went to bed significantly earlier than usually.  A long night’s sleep… until you’re a parent, you have no idea how amazingly awesome that concept is.

The sweet fantasy lasted until 12:30am when the neighborhood was awoken by a helicopter with search light hanging over our house.  With eyes wide open I lay there, hoping it would just be “en route” to a (preferably) far-away destination.  No such luck.  Its destination was the property bordering the back yard of my neighbor across the street.  It flew around and around in circles, ordering to the resident of the particular house to come out with his hands up in the air.  Dude, if you’re stupid enough to break the law, break it during office hours so, you won’t be such a pain in the butt to your neighbors who are trying to sleep.

The child slept straight through it.  Mama didn’t.  I ended up watching TV with the Hubster until all commotion had ended and things had quieted down again.  Approximately an hour (though it felt like forever).  To bed I returned, only to be woken up by hugs, cuddles and kisses the next morning.  LOVE.

Despite the rude interruption of my precious sleep, the sleepover was a success.  Fun enough for Papa to now want to have a sleepover at Kai’s some time soon.  He can’t stay far behind with this toddler fun you know…


Until the next time,

Savor food, savor family, savor life.
- Marieke, aka HRH Mommy


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Published on: July 9, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

4 Responses to Sleepover – Fun, But Next Time LAPD Can Stay Away

  1. Shelley says:

    Given how excited I am these days when I get more than two uninterrupted hours of sleep, I understand the frustration at the neighbor and the helicopter that came after him!! But oh! the sleepover sounds like it was awesome!! So cute.

  2. Pamela S says:

    Great idea!!! Glad he slept through the helicopter.

  3. simone nobel says:

    never had a sleepover with my own children when they were still in their childhood, except for the nights when something was ‘wrong’, but we did organize sleepovers with their friends. one of the nicest was the time that babiche, my daughter, had about ten of her classmates over. they all slept in the livingroom and behaved marvellously. the look of them while they were still asleep in the morning was so sweet. (i do have sleepovers now that they are grown up and have their own ‘homes’). david, enjoy!

    • Marieke says:

      Yes, sleepovers with friends will certainly happen once the boys are older. They’re still a bit young for that, but I look forward to those days too. Until then, sleepovers with Mama or Papa is great fun!

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