Playing hockey in his crib instead of going to bed has not been an unusual activity for three-year-old Eli Graveline. But when his mother posted a video of him doing so to his Instagram as a “throwback Thursday,” she didn’t expect it to go viral. The video was taken in January 2017 when he was two-and-a-half years old, while Julianne Graveline’s husband was away, just to show him “what our son got up to tonight.”
This past Thursday, Graveline posted the video and from there she says it’s “taken off.” Asked why Eli had a hockey stick in his crib, she said it was a negotiating tactic.
“He played hockey at the time and still does, all day, every day,” she said. “So when it comes time for bedtime, this was my negotiation tool, [it] was ‘OK fine, you can bring it to bed with you but you need to go to bed.’” He also used a roll of tape as a hockey puck, she said.