Yesterday, I canceled playgroup, cause it was just to darn cold and a little too icy. So, I had a snow day. Well, as much as any stay-at-home mom can have a snow day. I’m gonna’ out Bambi, too. She geared up for a snow day with movies, snacks and puzzles. When the snow day didn’t come, she just pretended. Took the day off and simulated a snow day at home.
Sorry, Trish. Next time, fake it… like the rest of us did.
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Even with playgroup canceled, I had a very full day. Eleanor wanted to go out and play at the playground, and I had to tell her no, so we stayed inside, near the fireplace, and worked on her not throwing things. The new rule: when she throws something, she has to go sit alone for two minutes. We tell her, “no one wants to play with a girl who throws things.” It seems to be working. Last night at dinner, she threw one of the crayons at dinner, I made her go sit in the corner at the restaurant. She came back to the table as a much better girl, and didn’t ditch the crayons at again. Usually, all the wax sticks hit the ground the first minute and there is much screaming and crying. It’s better just to take the two minutes up front and say, “Uh uh, NO! We’re not going to play with you if you misbehave.” Then one has to be firm when she turns on the charm.
On the other side of the child fence, Saralyn, my sweet angle baby, is on my last nerve. I’ve mentioned before that she is a great sleeper, but I need to qualify that statement, Saralyn is a great sleeper when she is lying on your chest, clawing at your hands with her tiny, razor-like fingernails, snorting and wiggling for all she is worth. SHE may be a great sleeper, but she makes it hard for anyone else to sleep near her or beneath her. Last night, I got her settled into the bed where her daddy was, and the I high-tailed it to the guest room. I slept well for several hours, and I woke up refreshed and wanting to see both my girls.
I call this Parent Amnesia. I go to bed cursing the name of my annoying children, and, given enough sleep, I awake wanting nothing more than to embrace my little angles. Ahhh… there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep. And lately, I’ve had nothing like a good night’s sleep!