Thursday, February 03, 2011

Naptime

Valerie went to sleep late last night. And woke up early this morning. So, even though she hasn't been taking naps very often lately, I was sure she would take one today. I even managed to get Dorothy to sleep at Valerie's nap time - the holy grail of two-kid parenting.

I tried to lie down and take a nap myself, but Valerie wouldn't stay down. Every few minutes, it was something else. "I have to go peepee in the potty," "I dropped my cup and I can't reach it." I was tired and starting to get fed up. I gave her some books, and told her to stay in bed and read. It worked for a few minutes, then she was up again. After about an hour, I decided that she could just play quietly by herself while I rested my eyes. I knew I wouldn't sleep, because I would be mentally analyzing every noise to piece together what she was up to, but it would be better than nothing.

Then it got quiet. Which usually means trouble. So I went to check on her. I opened the door to discover that she had emptied out both sock drawers.

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"What are you doing?"

"I'm looking for my socks!"

And then I started laughing. I had to.

"I think you found them."

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Dorothy would be waking up soon anyway, so I might as well give up on the nap. I grabbed the camera, and we had an impromptu photo shoot.

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And we played hide-and-seek (when did she get to be old enough for hide-and-seek?). And I even got to rest my eyes for a minute by hiding in the bed.

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I think, sometimes, you have to be firm as a parent. And other times, you just have to roll with it, or times like this will slip you by. She won't be two forever. (Thank goodness.)

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3 comments:

jd said...

You have definitely captured the essence of parenting (i.e "she won't be two forever..." seize the moment).... spontaneity makes for the best play times...I know that from experience! And what a great photo shoot! Love that kid (and you, too!!!)

christianlady said...

Beautiful. I know that numb feeling when you just want to put them in a corner and demand they let you sleep! I sometimes loose my cool. Good going on keeping it together and making a magic memory rather than a regret!

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