My children are in cahoots with one another.
I am pretty sure that at some point during the day or week or whatever, they get together and plan their night time schedule.
I imagine their meeting goes something like this:
Gimme: I really appreciate you two covering my shifts for me during the week while I'm in school. I'll try to get a couple more shifts in on the weekends, especially Saturday nights so that Mom is real tired in church. It's hilarious to watch her nod off during Sacrament meeting.
Mulligan: Ha ha. It is pretty funny. I'm pretty consistent waking up for my 2 a.m. shift, but I've got to be honest, I thought for sure mom would have given in by now and allowed me to get in her bed, but she's being pretty strict about making me sleep on the floor next to her bed. I don't know how much longer I can take that, but I've been trying to wake up even in her bedroom and cause a little confusion in the night, just to get a rise out of her. My favorite part though, is when I just stand next to her bed and just stare at her, until she senses that I'm there and she opens her eyes and freaks out--I've got to get that on YouTube one of these nights.
Birdie: I've gotta say, I am feeling great! Mom still expects me to nap during the day, so my 3-4 wakings are CAKE! If anything is going on YouTube, it's gotta be mom trying to sneak out of my room after she thinks I'm asleep. I demand that she lay down with me--and of course she does, because she knows if she doesn't, I'm going to scream and as you both know, that's our signal for The Trifecta, where we all wake up and scream, and cry and ask for different things all at the same time. Well, I close my eyes and fake sleep and watch her get off my bed (but keep her head on the pillow so she thinks, I think, nothing's happening) and then try to tip toe out of our bedroom, only to sprint back when I whimper. Sometimes, she tries crawling on all fours to get out while holding her breath, but I'm no idiot. I know she's trying to get back to her nice warm bed to sleep...NOT ON MY WATCH!! Ha! Last night, she was actually army crawling, moving only one limb at a time, and then pausing, listening for my reaction. I let her get all the way to her bed, and then I waited a few minutes, to ensure she was just drifting off, before I hollered for her. I had to really contain myself. I was laughing so hard inside. She gave it her every effort to sneak out, but to no avail.
Gimme: I really miss those nights watching those charades. It's tough getting older.
Mulligan: Well, the good news is, I heard mom talking to dad and trying to convince him to take a shift or two so that she can sleep. Dad says he'll do it, so we may have to change our game plan just a little. But we'll have to play that one by ear as the night goes on.
Birdie: We'd better adjourn this meeting before anyone gets suspicious on our shenanigans. It's Firday night...let's all be on our A-game!
And that my friends, is proof that I don't get enough sleep.