Et Tu? Part Deux

So imagine the scene from bath time the other night. Now change the time to lunch time and the direction of stair navigation to down. Yahoo! Now you have a pretty good picture of my afternoon. It was all very strange. Q insisted that we go upstairs for a diaper change - he led me up the stairs - then refused to come downstairs so that he could eat his lunch.

I made lunch for Z and Q, calling up periodically that he needed to come eat his food. I told him that if I came upstairs, he was going to take his nap (he often naps through lunch, I wasn't punishing him!). Then I made and ate my lunch. Still no Q. By this time, his howls had decreased to the occasional protesting cry. By the time Z and I had finished our popsicles (I'm so glad it is popsicle season again!), all was silent from the upstairs hall.

I gave him some time to get good and asleep then went upstairs to move him to his crib. He was passed out like a wino after a Mad Dog bender sleeping like an angel in the middle of the hallway. That is until he heard my foot on the squeaky floorboard. Then he popped back to five alarm awake and mad with it.

I scooped him up and took him to his room, trying to soothe him on the way. He stopped crying when I picked him up, I guess he thought I had relented and was going to carry him down the stairs, but when I headed for his bedroom my little guy gave a performance worthy of Linda Blair. We rocked and I soothed and he screamed and protested. Finally, there was nothing for it but that I put him in the crib and close the door.

It was Z's nap time, too, so I called her up for her books. We read them to the accompaniment of Q's indignant yowling. Finally, about the time that Z was tucked in an snoozing, Q gave up the battle and went to sleep. Whew.

Only to take it up again at bed time. Sigh.

On a brighter note, a word about social dynamics: When I was teaching, I noticed that every group had a certain structure, certain roles that had to be filled. For example, if your most disruptive student moves, some other kid, who may never have been disruptive before, will move up to fill the bad-kid-vacuum.

The same thing is happening at our house, but in reverse. Usually Q is my child who is obedient and easy going, but now that he has officially hit the terrible twos, Z has slipped into the 'easy-kid' role. She couldn't be more helpful or obedient. It's a little strange, like she's a Stepford daughter or something. But I'll take it!


  1. Stupid floorboards that squeak!
    Like the description of HOW he went to sleep, like a wino after a mad dog bender...So funny! One funny lady indeed!

  2. Thank goodness that when one becomes evilina child, the other helps out by being angelina. It seems like those days last forever, but then they are gone in a blink. Whoa! Then they are back again :) Don't you just love the unpredictability of life with children?

  3. Oh, boy, naptime battles I know all too well! I've learned in the midst of their screaming to just find my own happy place with a cup of coffee and some biscotti. Works for me! I'm followin' ya!

  4. If only they knew how lucky they are to be able to nap!! Isn't it funny that the older you get the more you want to be able to nap??


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