Molly (screaming) MAMA! PAPA! (crying)
Me: (entering Hank and Molly’s shared bedroom at 11:15pm) Hush now.
Hank: (groan) I am never sleeping this night, ever.
Me: Too many M&Ms.
Hank: (groan, roll over)
Molly: Ir por chão. (go to the floor)
Me: (rubbing her back) No, MaGoo.
Molly: (crying) MAMA! Peeeeeeeess!
Me: The day is done. It’s time to sleep. You can’t get out of bed.
Molly: (collapsing dramatically, sobbing)
Hank: We should tell her who is sleeping.
Me: We did that already. Molly knows that everyone she loves is sleeping, but I think she forgot about how wonderful her day was.
Hank: She doesn’t remember her birthday?
Me: I don’t think so. Molly only knows she doesn’t want today to end.
Me: Lets help her remember her day from the beginning.
Hank: Amália, remember you woke up and had some milk and then we gave you presents and said, “Happy Birthday.”
Molly: (sobbing reduced to whimpering)
Me: We did, indeed. We were all so excited to celebrate the first day of your second year! You’ve done two whole tours around the sun! So to celebrate we gave you a…
Molly: Tea poc. (Tea pot) TEA POC! (tea pot)
Me: Yes, a tea set and Mano (brother) celebrated you by giving you…
Molly: (sniffels) Meeeeshka, Moosca, Mickey Mouse! (holding her Mickey Mouse Tsum Tsum aloft)
Hank: I knew you would love him and I love you.
Me: And then you and your Mano (brother) had a tea party in your pajamas!
Molly: Tea poc (tea pot). Agua! Tea poc (tea pot)! Yum. Mmmmmmm!
Hank: Yes, we had water in the tea pot and in our little cups and Mama, I didn’t tell you, but I put a tiny bit of sugar in the bowl and she ate it with the little spoon.
Me: Lost by 100 lost by 1000! And then MaGoo all your buddies came to visit!
Molly: Festa! (mimics blowing out the candles)
Me: And you had a dinosaur party.
Molly: Dinosaur. Cake! Cake. Yem-a-Yems (M&Ms).
Hank: Yes, and Ariana came. She’s your best friend and we played and played and played.
Me: Yes, and Vaibhav came and brought you a toy fish that can swim.
Molly: Agua! Fish!
Me: Yes, swim in the water.
Molly: Fish (pointing to her hand) Mão (hand).
Me: Now, this is the hard part. That fish is sleeping. He can’t play until tomorrow.
Molly: Yem-a-Yem? Peeeeeeeeeees.
Me: And all the M&Ms are sleeping.
Hank: And your Mano (brother) and Mama want to go to sleep. We are so tired.
Me: True story.
Molly: Ama e Ouis (her nanny and her husband Louis)?
Me: Adriana and Louis are fast asleep ready to see you tomorrow after you are done dreaming.
Me: Ariana is definitely sleeping.
Molly: Akika? Pedro? Avó Avó (grandmother)?
Hank: (mid yawn) All sleeping.
Molly: Inês? Tio?
Me: (whispering) That is right we need to be quiet. The whole world is going to sleep and everyone you love are dreaming sweet dreams until the morning comes.
Molly: Tea poc (tea pot)?
Me: Your tea pot is sleeping ready to serve you a lovely cup of tea in the morning. It’s time to hush now. You need to join your friends.
Molly: Teria? Shhhhhhh. Tia? Shhhhhhh. Papa? Shhhhhh. Ana? Shhhhhhhh.
Hank: Good night, Mana (sister).
Molly: Mano? Shhhhhhhhh.
Me: Molly, you had the loveliest of all 2nd birthdays and now it is time to dream about it. Today we celebrated you and it was wonderful but now you need to dream about your special day.
Molly: Shhhhhhh, mama. Micky Mouse, shhhhhhhh.
Me: Good night, little chickens.
Molly: Chickens, shhhhhhhhhh.
Hank: Good night, mama. Have a good sleep.
Me: I can’t wait. (walking out into the hallway, closing the door but for a crack) Love you.
Molly: Mama, shhhhhhhhhh.