N’s bedtime routine starts at 6:30 PM. M’s starts at 8:30 PM. Throughout the year, we successfully beg off nighttime parties but the Filipino Christmas season is, of course, different.
Since Dec. 21, we have been out every night for a party with friends or family; and we have been coming home past 10 PM. Because of this, we have been bringing pajamas for the kids to every party. If it’s in a resto, we dress them up in the car and just wipe down. If it’s in a house, we bathe them and dress them up before saying goodbye. Having the kids in pajamas also gives a signal to everyone that we’re serious about going home (and you can’t stop us!) haha.
In our family noche buena, I made a judgment error by not making them wear pajamas since we went home relatively early at 9:30 PM. At home, N woke up when we were dressing her and she cried for almost half an hour and got even more tired.
Late night parties, long drives, over-stimulation from 10 million toys make Christmas a season of overtired children. For sure, they’ll recover because they’re resilient and young. It’s the moms I worry about. Haha. Oh, if we could bring our own pajamas too …
*Thank you to my friend Tanya for the pajama tip.
Merry Christmas! Season’s Greetings! Happy Holidays! (whichever you prefer)