Monday evening. Bath time (why does everything seem to happen at bath time?) Daddy is already upstairs with Bean and Goobs. Mommy was taking her 10 minute break in the basement while Daddy changed out of his suit and spent some time getting the boys good and hyper before bedtime. Mommy doesn't have the nerve to complain about it though because she gets to go down to her basement for 10 sweet, delicious, quiet, peaceful minutes and just sit and stare at nothing in particular. She has heard the bath water start, which is her cue to head upstairs and begin the bedtime ritual.
There are many parenting decisions that Mommy second guesses herself on. But, one of the best decisions she ever made as a mother was setting a 7:00 bedtime for her young children. This is her sanity. No matter how bad the day is, no matter how exhausted she feels, no matter how many time she has heard herself say "no" and "please stop that" and "get off the dinning room table" and "keep you hands to yourself" and "please, please for the love of God you two, just be still for a moment" she can know that at 7:00 it all stops and they both pass out and are not heard from again until 6:30 am the following morning.
Mommy makes it upstairs and Daddy is in the bathroom getting the tub filled with bubbles and toys. Bean and Goobs are both standing in Goobs' crib.
Goobs: "Mama, up. Run run run bathroom. Goobs out!"
Mommy lifts Goobs out of the crib, strips him down and watches as he runs buck naked into the bathroom. Meanwhile, Bean is still in Goobs' crib, talking to himself about arresting and catching bad people. He has his detective hat on and his police badge in his pocket, which is where he keeps it when he is being an undercover detective. Mommy works on picking a few things up in Goobs' room. Out of the corner of her eye, she sees Bean climb out of the crib and go into Mommy's room.
Mommy: "Kay Bean, get in that tub. Time for a bath."
Bean: "In a minute Mommy."
Mommy: "No, not in a minute. Now please."
Bean: "OK Mommy." Mommy should have been suspicious at how little he protested. But she was too tired to register it.
Bath time continues and after everyone is clean they are hoisted out, dried off and jammied. Mommy is on Goobs duty tonight, Daddy gets Bean. Mommy has diapered, dressed and sleep sacked Goobs and he has read his current favorite book "Dance Little Pookie" 4 times. Mommy starts tucking him in and notices that "B" and Friend are missing. "B" is his worn out smell bear that he chews on, sucks on, hugs, squeezes and loves. Friend is the identical bear that Mommy bought to have as a back up which has now become the Friend of B. Both of them need to come to bed with Goobs. That didn't exactly work out as Mommy intended, but never the less, both are necessary for bedtime. Tonight, both are missing.
Mommy: "Daddy, have you seen B and Friend?"
Daddy: "They were both in the crib when I put him in there before I started the water. Where did they go?"
Mommy: "I don't know. They were there when I took Goobs out of the crib and left..."
It occurs to Mommy that they may not have magically disappeared.
Mommy: "Bean, have you seen B and Friend."
Bean: (In his room with Daddy getting ready for bed) "No Mommy. I don't know where they could possibly be."
Mommy: "Are you sure? They were in the crib with you the last time I looked."
Bean: "I don't know where they are Mommy. Maybe Detective Bean knows where they are."
Mommy: "Well do me a favor, ask detective Bean where "B" and Friend are. Goobs wants to go to bed and he can't without them."
Bean hops down from his bed and runs to the doorway of Mommy's room. He spreads his arms out as far as they will go in an attempt to block anyone from entering Mommy's room.
Bean: (With a huge grin on his face) "Detective Bean doesn't know where they could possibly be."
Mommy: (From her doorway, Mommy can see "B" and Friend under her bed) "I think that detective Bean had better find them or regular boy Bean will have to give Goobs his cozy blanket to sleep with tonight.
Bean runs and retrieves the two bears from their hiding place, brushes off the dust bunnies and hands them both to Mommy.
Bean: "Detective Bean saves the day!"