Recently Will and Owen have adopted a post-bath ritual in which they run naked around our house, slapping their thighs and laughing as they go. It’s great fun to watch and hear, but I quickly realized that the naked run was revving Owen up rather than quieting him down before bed. I was paying for those few minutes of fun as I tried to pat wide-eyed Owen to sleep for an extra 10 minutes each night.
So yesterday, we switched things up and went with a pre-bath naked run. Today, we left on underwear and diapers and started the “run” a good 15 minutes before bathtime, which gave the boys a healthy frolic session while Rob and I got to attend to our own chores uninterrupted. For some reason, when they’re wearing nothing but their respective loincloths, Will and Owen are too happy to squabble or whine -- and life is just plain good.