A Bad, Bad, Very Bad Thing

   Today a very bad, bad, bad thing happened.  (And for the sake of anyone new to reading my blog, you should know that I like to whine about my petty problems, as though they are actual problems.  Sometimes I just do this for dramatic effect….  ; ) 
   In the world of raising toddlers or babies, your worst nightmare is a bad napper.  I’ve never had a bad napper on a regular basis, thank God!  I guess he knows I could never handle it.  I take that back.  Caleb was a bad napper of a newborn, but he blossomed into the best napper of all, eventually.   
   Naps are your sanity line as a mother.  They are the difference between keeping your joy and crying, whining, and swearing under your breath.  I mean, honestly, just telling you the truth.
   So……today was the very first day in Daniel’s two years of life that he DID NOT TAKE A NAP.  Horrors!  By the end of the day, I don’t even want to talk about it..
  This happened because today is Monday!  Mondays are bad.  We have this thing here called “half day school” on Monday.  It probably messes up everyone’s day to some extent, but as a baby/toddler mother it is five times worse because, um hellooo, 12: 20 is smack dab in the middle of nap time.   Long story short:  Today he wasn’t really tired before 12,  he couldn’t fall asleep in his stroller b/c it was too cold outside, and then he became over-tired, another very, very, very BAD thing, and couldn’t fall asleep at all.  Even at 7:30 bedtime, he couldn’t fall asleep.  Alan ended up rocking him to sleep.
  Okay my ranting and raving is over.  A couple more things to note before I share some exciting new pictures.  : )
  —Today it snowed.  I love snow.
—-I spent all day taking Daniel to the potty every 30 minutes, cleaning up pee gone wild, and coaxing Daniel back out of the bathroom, ……so please excuse my negative attitude…
—-Joshua was very sweet today, and I’ve started him on zyrtec.  My friend Leigh Ann asked if the reason Joshua and I can’t get over our sinus problems could possibly be allergies.  I felt like such a dunce.  I suppose peanut boy could indeed have other allergy issues.  Plus, I’ve already been allergy tested enough times to know I’m allergic to most everything that grows.  And yet neither of us take any kind of pill for that.  Let’s hope this works!
—–Allen and Emily sent Daniel and me an awesome birthday package today.  THANK YOU!!  I love L.L. Bean!  There’s even an L.L. Bean store around here that I can go to in person!  Daniel, a huge stuffed animal lover, likes his gift too!
—-Joshua is “student of the week” for his class…..which I realized at 7:25 this morning, when I opened his book bag for the first time since Thursday……to discover a poster that was due today, complete with blanks for him to paste in pictures.  OOPS!  Joshua insisted on getting it done this morning.  (So glad I make the kids get ready early!)  Of note:  He wants to be a zoo keeper when he grows up, his favorite animal is a wolverine, and his favorite place is the aquarium.  I take back yesterday’s comment.  The animal love still lives.  : )
—-Caleb and I ran into one of his classmates, Lillian, at the pool where he does lessons.  She was there for swim team.  Now Caleb can’t wait until he is good enough to do swim team too.  Also of note, she is such a beautiful little girl.  But don’t worry!  I’m still good.  I will not spend the evening wishing for something that isn’t meant to be. (me having a girl)  The fact is I do love little boys, and I think they are hilarious.  The only thing I don’t get about them is why they have to talk about stinky stuff so much.  Why?  Why is poop hilarious to little boys??  I don’t understand.
—–Today I held up Dan’s Goofy doll and said, “Look, Dan!  It’s Goofy, Mickey’s friend, from Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse!”  Dan looked at me like I’m crazy and shook his head.  Then he walked over to his bed and grabbed his giant Mickey doll and said, “uh-uh.  Eeee.”  
Translation:  What!  No, Mom.  That’s not Mickey.  This is Mickey!”  : )
The zoo:  These bear statues have always been a hit.  I don’t know if this particular bear statue is of bears mating or brothers wrestling.  Either way, they climbed all over it, as usual.

Yes, Caleb is still the man of 100 faces.

both fingers pointing

Two lovely guests:  Jennings and Mikeesha!

Daniel liked Joshua’s drawing so much he begged to color them, so here he is, coloring all the Mario characters blue.  You can only give Dan one or two crayons at a time.  Give him a box, and he will gleefully throw the entire box all over the room.  He does the same thing with playdoh.

Me (25 weeks) and Jennings.  I hate how I look up for pictures.  I gotta remember not to do that.  It looks strange to me, but Jennings looks cute anyway, and it’s a good baby bump photo.

I like this one better.  
No, Dan!  Don’t eat the crayons!!!

Caleb’s happy place:  video game, pajamas, cozy chair

Joshua’s happy place:  pen, paper, surrounded by family

Alan, trying to get work done in the midst of….us.  About impossible.
The good news:   Tuesdays are NOT Mondays.  Monday only comes once each week.  Hallelujah!

One comment

  • Anonymous

    April, I can't believe how big the boys are getting! Joshua sounds so grown in that video 🙁 Then again, I have not seen them in over a year. Hmmm, maybe we need to change that! Love you Amber