Tuesday, October 14, 2014

By Popular Demand

Wow, a whole three of you are consumed with curiosity about how Charlie did on the camping trip, huh? Okay.

In the words of A., "He was a manly infant." Though I'm sure Charlie would object to the "infant" designation.

Charlie hung right in there with the bigger boys the whole time, going on nighttime flashlight hikes and everything. They all stayed up until 10 p.m., and then they went to bed. If not to sleep, exactly.

Charlie was, of course, up and down all night long. He does this at home, too, sometimes, but I imagine it was a lot worse being in a confined space with him. He talked to A. all night, spent some time climbing on Cubby's (amazingly still sleeping) face, insisted it was time to get up at 3 a.m., and finally drove everyone out of the tent at 5 a.m.

They sat around the fire until it got light an hour and a half later, had some breakfast, and then A. hauled Charlie home while Jodi took the older kids on another hike.

Charlie was delivered to me at 7:30 a.m. dirty, cold, and completely exhausted. He demanded hot tea and then had a bath. He was in very good spirits. For awhile.

Of course, his lack of sleep and excess of stimulation did catch up to him and the rest of the day was essentially the fallout in the form of numerous fits. He wasn't quite right again until after a nice sound sleep all night on Sunday. But I'm sure he's ready to go back to the woods already.


Anonymous said...

Hum, so the pay off was a good sleep on Sunday night but punishment for everyone around before that. It will be interesting to see if Charlie ever breaks the up and down pattern of sleep. Perhaps when he is old enough, he will learn to read himself back to sleep at night. My restless husband could teach him how! Mary in MN (and my mother who wants to know everything).

Drew @ How To Cook Like Your Grandmother said...

Wait until he's 40 and he would kill for a nap.

sheila said...

Another milestone. I kept checking back for the adventure update.

Anonymous said...

It's a wonderful story; thanks! I'm imagining Charlie was pretty pleased with himself and thought it was quite the adventure.

Anonymous said...

I am sure that there were many of us waiting, lurking, to hear what happened!