Kabir is in love with Hulk. Not quite sure what triggered this love, but he’s pretty obsessed. All the other Avengers can come and go…Captain America, Iron Man, Thor…but Hulk is here to stay. So much so now every night, me and Sapan have to tell him Hulk stories before he falls asleep. The promise of a Hulk story is incentive enough for him to go turn of the light himself and get into bed! “Tell me Hulk story Mamma…” And there I am trying to make Hulk not so violent in the stories, and somehow teach Kabir to be a “good boy”.
For a brief period we were the victims of “Hulk angry..Hulk smash!!!” Getting blow after blow with his tiny hands. Till we finally made him agree that it was ok to only smash the pillows, cushions and the bed! And then basically we figured how to use the obsession to our advantage. Problem: Kabir hates putting cream on his face. Solution: Find a brand which comes in a green colour tube and then present to him as Hulk cream. Problem: Kabir(usually non fussy about food) is not eating his greens. Solution: Hulk is big and strong cos he eats a lot of greens!
From bedtime to playtime, Hulk is always a part of his day, somehow. Sandpit time in the evening with the other kids, means getting wearing his Hulk mask and scaring the girls with his growls! And they are more than happy to be scared and run around screaming…making the tiny Hulk feel very powerful and happy!
Tee- Hulk tee from Disney
Shorts- H&M kids
From as far back as I can remember, Kabir has hated to sleep…at night! Even when he was just a few days old…he would be up till the wee hours of the morning, not crying but just wanting to play. While I just wanted to close my eyes and sleep!
When he became a few months older, making him sleep was a long drawn process of swaying him in our arms(me and Sapan would take turns!) and sing. Sometimes would take as long as an hour to finally make him sleep. When he turned a little older, he would demand the singing and patting..”Mamma…sing!” I had started to hate the rhyme “Old mac Donald” But he never tired!
After a while I was just tired of the singing and patting and more singing and patting…he thoroughly enjoying it…But Mamma was tired! Then I restored to just letting him be..”Mamma is sleeping!”….turn the light off and hope he will fall asleep soon too!
He would toss and turn..fall off the bed…climb on my face..pat me..try to wake me up..kiss me…sing a bit,…toss and turn some more…And then hallelujah…Finally sleep!!!
Now, he’s more than 3 years old, things haven’t changed all that much…he still hates going to sleep and does everything possible to delay bedtime.
Its mostly Mamma he wants to do ninni with…but then there are days …”Mamma…send daddy…you go to your room..” “I want to sleep with daddy!” A few minutes pass and then Mamma is summoned again. Then there are other days when daddy falls asleep in his room, trying to make our lil night owl sleep! He will then get up and come to my room…”Mamma …come..daddy is sleeping..I want to sleep with you!” It’s as frustrating as it is funny!!!
Maybe it’s our fault…we didn’t sleep train him well enough or maybe its genes..when did Mommy ever like sleeping early at night! But its a struggle nonetheless…