Magical Numbers

If you have magical numbers, Shanghai starts to look like this.

When Pu drove us to our hotel, he laughed and warned us about magical numbers. In his home, 4 is a magical number…as in 4 p.m. and 4 a.m.. We met a very nice family the other night whose magical number is 3. Their kids start dozing around 3 p.m. and even after bedtime routine, they awaken at 3 a.m..

In our home the magical number falls in between 3 and 4. As in, one by one the kids have fallen asleep between 3 and 4 p.m. and after an hour of coaxing, shaking and threatening just to awaken them (I know, I’m a mean mom) and forcing them to stay awake until 8 or 9 p.m., they still magically awaken between 3 and 4 a.m.

Except for the other night. The magical number was 2:38 a.m….

Thank you 15-hour time change.

4 thoughts on “Magical Numbers

  1. bright lights! during the day. then give them warm milk or turkey (tryptophan to help make them drowsy) and dim lights for bedtime. no tv, no dsi, nothing that stims the eyes with bright lights. they can listen to audiobooks and that helps? these are my 2cents. haha :)

    • That’d be nice but, unfortunately, we don’t really have an abundance of turkey or good quality milk in China. And trust me, it’s pitch dark at 2 a.m.

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