Last night we learned the importance of the routine. Poor Ben didn't get home from work until Lucas was getting his teeth brushed and just about to be put into bed. Ben really wanted a few minutes of quality time with Lucas (Lucas sleeps until 9:00, so he doesn't see him the the morning), so he read him a few books. Reading, however, is not part of the after-bath routine.
The routine goes:
run around with Dad clapping behind Lucas
play (this can include reading)
Lucas loves reading and it generally gets him all hyped up. We relearned this last night, as Lucas stayed up until 11:00 screaming and being generally unpleasant. Poor Ben was supposed to be working on a project for work. He ended up going back to work at 6:30 this morning to get it finished. Ben felt really bad that he messed up the routine, but now that it's over I can say it was worth it since he got a few minutes with Lucas out of the day. I don't know if he would say the same...
UPDATE: Ben says it wasn't worth it. I agree, after dealing with a cranky boy all day.