"I never go to sleep."
Finally, I just picked him up to take him to his room. It was after 9pm, after all. As we were heading down the hall, I firmly commanded him that he was not allowed to go to sleep.
"Eli, do not go to sleep."
He seemed to like my edict. He heartily agreed. I laid him on his bed. He placidly complied. The covers went on and I tucked him in. I kept reminding him that he was not allowed to go to sleep.
He then asked me if it was okay to lay down. I told him he could, but no sleeping!
Then I had to sing "Stay Awake", from Mary Poppins. Do you remember that song?
Stay awake, don't rest your head.
Don't lie down upon your bed.
You're not sleepy, as you seem.
Stay awake, don't nod and dream...
He was just a naughty little noodle. Not five minutes later, he was asleep.