Yesterday was a tough day. Munchkin pulled out all the stops — a display I had not seen in a while (moving from the insane tantrums of terrible twos into the more tolerable threes and soon to be four). By 7 pm, after all the insanity and NO NAP AT ALL, I was done!
I threatened sending her to bed several times but I had to hold out until 9-ish because if she goes to bed too early she will wake up at 12 and not want to go back to bed until the wee hours of the morning. (Shaking head).
By 9:30 after she picked up the empty window planter, dashed across the living room then tripped over her home-made cape (as worn by Queen Elsa in the movie Frozen) sending the pebbles across the floor THAT. WAS. IT. “BED!!!” I yelled. Go straight to bed!
I stayed up until 12:30 organizing some receipts, but by the time I showered and shut the lights out she was up. What the …? I marched her back to her bed as she cried. She refused to get in. “OK then, I’m going to bed. See you tomorrow.” I was fully disengaged. My tank was empty! A few minutes later I heard her crawl into bed, then SILENCE… she was back to sleep.
This morning, I asked her what all the crazy was about yesterday, but never really got a straight answer, but managed to get an apology with a big hug around my legs. That’s all I needed. I melted and gave her the biggest hug ever and a few kisses too (then packed a special lollipop into her after daycare snack bag).
Today she was at daycare so we both got the much needed break from each other to be super excited to see each other again. All is once again well with the world! A little kindness, even in the form of an apology, certainly goes a long way — and so does some much-needed time apart. ^_^