Bedtime Fail #989: Blame It On The Disembodied Head of Barbie

With school starting in two weeks for Miss C I feel compelled to jump on the bedtime routine bandwagon since any semblance of a routine went to hell in a handbasket in May.

At some point I need to start getting the girls up a little before 7 in order to make the transition less painful for all of us. Sunday night I thought I’d get us all in the mood by playing our olfactory equivalent of Ambien– a classical music CD that I listened to while pregnant with both girls. It’s a lovely mix of soothing music and it helps set the tone for bedtime. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. I drink my own parenting Kool Aid.

Sunday night about 8:30 I had cranked up the Please For The Love Of Sweet Jesus Get Sleepy music while the girls were brushing their teeth. They piled into Miss C’s bed and the hubby was headed that way to tell them a story. Suddenly I heard the familiar singing voice of Barbie Island Princess and Miss C shout, “She’s WORKING! She MADE HER WORK! BARBIE ISLAND PRINCESS IS WORKING MOMMY!”

Great timing Barbie. Thanks.

I went in Miss C’s room to find Miss A on her bed clutching a pink toy microphone and singing along with Miss C’s long dormant Barbie Island Princess karaoke head doll that we thought might be broken, but was brought back from the dead by Miss A.

Barbie Island Princess karaoke doll head may have to come down with a horrible case of laryngitis (known only by me as strategic misplacement of batteries.) At least until school starts.


  1. amie says:

    We have that weird barbie head at our house too.I say “off with her head” ala Marie Antionette 🙂

  2. kellie @ this blessed nest says:

    hey~ first time to visit.

    found you via – divine caroline. i just submitted my first post or writing (if you will) to the parenthood section of divine caroline. i noticed your article was there as well. thought i would say ‘hey’ to a neighbor in tennessee, and introduce myself.

    have a great week!
    .-= kellie @ this blessed nest´s last blog ..The Longest Yard Sale or Bust! =-.

  3. Jane says:

    Crazy things happen when we least needed it. Keep the cool Mom! Great blog you have here. Keep up the good work! By the way, there’s a new social networking site dedicated to parents and kids, it’s called – it’s a place for Moms, Dads, and Kids! Now, there

  4. Billie says:

    A Word To The Wise!
    I have listened to doctors, teachers, counselors as well as social workers dish out advice about our children and some of it is well taken, but all must be critically perused and evaluated by us, were the mommies! Who could possible know our children better than we do?
    Some children have adverse reactions to sugar and some do not, however experts would like to paint all children with the same broad brush. Teenagers having problems in school is a good example. The first direction the experts seem to like to pursue is Attention Deficit. However a wise individual would first pursue the basics such as: Are their marital problems in the home or some type of alcohol or drug abuse? Is the child fighting thru Identity issues such as sexuality? These are just a few of the possibilities that could be causing children problems and us Mommies and Daddy

  5. Changing Bags says:

    Oh I love your writing style 🙂 – What might your parenting ‘Kool Aid’ be? ..I’m sure whatever you use to ride out these certain occasions is something we can all share amongst ourselves..?
    hehe, might add- your girls sound so cute (wrong word?) when you tell the story like you have!

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