I have never been an easy get-to-bed type. Once I’m asleep it’s all good, but getting there has always been an issue. Like, I have to be exhausted before I do this:
My Ita and mom tell me stories of how my Ito would take me from my mom’s weary arms when I refused to sleep when I was just over a year old. He would grab a warm bottle of milk, and say we’ll be back. He would drive me anywhere from 10 mins to over an hour, whatever it took for me to fall asleep. I vaguely remember him doing this when I was about 4, but replace the bottle with a toddler cup of warm milk. He and my Ita would take turns singing the “Los Pollitos” song:
Los Pollitos Dicen
Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío
cuando tienen hambre
cuando tienen frío.
La gallina busca, el maíz y el trigo
les da la comida y les presta abrigo.
Bajo de sus alas, acurrucaditos
¡duermen los pollitos
hasta el otro día!
I have fond memories of those times. Now, it’s my daughter’s turn. My mom actually sings that very song to her when Sofia can’t sleep when she is spending the night with grandma. Maybe someday I will do the same for my grandchild since it seems to do the trick when it’s a grandparent singing it. Una cancion y un poco de leche does the trick for our bedtime. Much like the song, that warm glass of milk just soothes us right to sleep.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the California Milk Processor’s Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. All opinions are my own.