We hosted our first sleepover this weekend! It was a momentous occasion because with 4 kids, I am sure that this is the first of many, many sleepovers to come!
Our first sleepover guest was my son Logan’s bestest friend in the whole world, Claire! Logan and Claire are both turning 5 this spring/summer and have been best friends since they were born. The kids were ecstatic for the night…so much so that my second-born Austin woke up at 6:45am Friday morning asking if Claire was “here yet”. To them, waiting all day seemed like forever!
But the time finally arrived and Claire came through the door and they were off! With hardly a word to anybody, the kids were off playing happily as soon as she arrived. A great start! Claire’s 2 younger brothers accompanied their mom to drop Claire off at our house and their second-born (2.5 years old) was very upset that he wasn’t staying with us as well. However he also didn’t want mommy to leave him so we knew it wouldn’t work to have him stay. So after a tearful good-bye from him, and hardly any good-by from Claire, her mom and 2 brothers headed out leaving her behind for her first sleepover as well.
The kids played Power Rangers and Pirates and then watched a Strawberry Shortcake movie. Then it was time for dinner…pizza of course! After dinner the 4 kids (my 3 oldest and Claire) enjoyed playing a rousing game of Sorry Sliders before we settled down to watch a few kids shows to wind down before bed.
Around 10pm we laid out the kids’ sleeping bags in the living room and I took my place on the couch for a night of indoor “camping”! My husband Todd and our newest little guy Liam stayed upstairs in our bedroom while I stayed down with the rest of the rugrats. My little princess Lexie had a hard time trying to sleep with others around to talk to so she ended up back in her crib in her room where she is most comfortable.
Besides one incident around 1:30am of a little one getting lost on the way to the bathroom (no accidents, just a few tears from being scared and confused), the night went great! We made pancakes for breakfast and then played with play-doh until Claire’s mom came to pick her up. The most difficult part of the sleepover was Claire having to go home…none of the 4 kiddos wanted that at all!
I would say that it was a success and the boys are excited to go over to Claire’s house to have a sleepover there with her and her brothers! In fact, they wanted to do it right away Saturday night…gotta love a timeline of a kid’s mind!