At 6:47 pm, Madeleine emerged from the bathroom after brushing her teeth, already dressed in her pajamas.
MADELEINE: Would someone please give me a bedtime snuggle?
ME: You really want to go to bed at 6:47?
MADELEINE: (nodding a bit sheepishly)
ME: Do you really think you'll fall asleep this early?
MADELEINE: Well, I don't really have anything to read...
ME: So why don't you just stay up a teeny bit longer. How about this? Why don't you sit and chat with Daddy for 10 minutes or so, and then at 7:00 we can go in and do snuggles. After all, Daddy just got home from work and you haven't seen him much today.
So Ethan and Madeleine went to sit on the couch and cozy up under a blanket.
MADELEINE: (cheerily) So, Daddy, what did you do at work today?
ETHAN: (absent-mindedly) What did I do at work today? Hmm. That's a good questions.
MADELEINE: (cheerily) So, how's the NEWS?
ETHAN: How's the news??
MADELEINE: (turning to me for help) Uh, well, I don't really know what to talk about!
I gotta say, I give Madeleine props for attempting to start up a conversation with Ethan. I should have remembered that Ethan is basically brain-dead by Friday evenings before I suggested she sit and chat with him.
Madeleine did indeed fall asleep at 7:30, so we've got one kid down, one to go! Sweet dreams, little swimmers!