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You’ll enjoy this.  Every night, almost without fail, we have to fight with the boys to get ready for bed.  I don’t know how many times I repeat myself “Get undressed. Leave your brother alone. Put on your pajamas. Leave your brother alone. Brush your teeth. Leave your brother ALONE!”  It won’t surprise you to know that Evan is the primary instigator.  He plays the role of little brother with zeal – he’s the quintessential pest.  Evan’s devilishness can come out really at any time of day, but he really turns it on at bedtime.  He’s ruthless.  He’ll run around naked, take Landon’s things and run with them, he talks back and laughs when we get angry.  In short, he’s a little bit terrifying.  Landon, on the other hand, also slips nicely into his role as big brother at this time of day.  He’s annoyed by everything Evan does.  He gets grouchy, selfish, and mean.  The best part?  They sleep together.  Every night.  Landon gets anxious at night and Evan crawls in to bed with him to make him feel better.  One night when Evan was sick I put him in his own bed and Landon got a little teary, saying that it “just doesn’t feel right” to not have Evan with him.  Not even 10 minutes earlier they can be at each other’s throats, but when it’s time to sleep, they are best buddies.  Whether they admit it or not.

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