Bryson: (after tapping on the bathroom door) Can you go check on Mollie? I've gone in there a couple times already, but she won't tell me what's wrong. Sorry.
Me: Yup, it's okay. (once I'm in her room ...) Pumpkin pie, what's up?
Amalia: Mommy, I heard a "Bzzzzz" noise. What was it?
Me: I don't know, sweetie.
Amalia: I think it was a bug.
Me: Okay, let's listen.
(we get as quiet as we can and listen for the "bug")
Amalia: I heard it! Did you hear it, Mommy?
Me: Nope, didn't hear it.
Amalia: I think it went by my chair.
Me: Should we turn on the light to find out?
Amalia: (enthusiastically) Yeah!
Me: (after turning the light on) Do you see it? Is it here? (points to ottoman)
Amalia: Nope, I think it went behind there. (points to nightstand)
Me: Want me to get it?
Amalia: (seriously) Yes.
Me: (pretend to squish an imaginary bug) Ah! I got it!
Amalia: (smiles) Yay!
Me: Alright now, lay down. It's time to go back to sleep. I will come get you when it's time to get up.
Amalia: Okay. And if I hear another bug, I will call you.
Me: No, how about instead you just say, "Hey, bug, go to sleep."
Me: I love you, love you, love you. (leaves the room)
(Five or so minutes later ...)
Me: (hearing loud shouting through the bathroom door) *sigh*
Amalia: (shouting very, very loudly) GO AWAY BUUUUUGGGGGSS! I DON'T NEEEEED YOU! GO AWAY BUUUGS! I DON'T NEED YOU!
Me: (after entering her room) Mollie, the idea is to get the bugs to leave without waking up your brother.