You know the book? The Napping House “where everyone is sleeping?”
THAT’S NOT THIS DAMNED HOUSE!
Teddy can’t sleep because Mac’s a loud, boisterous wild man. Mac won’t sleep because. . .well, he’s a wild man.
DO YOU KNOW HOW AWFUL EVERY AFTERNOON IS WITH TWO EXHAUSTED CHILDREN?
It’s starting to wear on me.
I need a PLAN. STAT.
You know what doesn’t work? “Giving up” – Offering an exhausted toddler an iPad and telling him to sit quietly and NOT wake up his brother or else I’m going to withhold donuts.
He knows I don’t have any damned donuts. . .
Mornings are great. . .but every afternoon at 1, like clockwork, Mac prepares to launch his “exhausted act like an ass” sequence and it typically spirals out of control the duration of the afternoon culminating in my doling out no fewer than three consecutive time outs for the same stupid recurring offenses just before his Father rolls in the door.
In the past few months I’ve been enforcing “Quiet Time” where I have Mac “rest” and look at books in his darkened bedroom for at least an hour. Somedays he would even fall asleep for a bit.
However, lately with Teddy teething and being all surly and loud, Mac has pretty much refused quiet time, electing to stand at the top of the stairs and scream at the top of his lungs until he grows bored. Then he moves on to trashing his bedroom and our bathroom junior rock star style.
Common sense would dictate that I just sit quietly with Mac and read him books and play games quietly with him while he’s resting. However, Teddy’s need to be held – while I stand – and while he growls and whines makes this option virtually impossible – at least routinely.
I’ve had some luck loading them in the car and running errands in the afternoons but I don’t always have errands.
I could load them in the stroller. Teddy actually sleeps in the stroller. Except I feel like 88 degrees, sunny, and overbearing humidity isn’t the best place for a 6 month old for a prolonged period every afternoon.
I’M IN A BAD PLACE PEOPLE!
I’ve decided our routine needs a colossal overhaul. The days of my running us ragged in a park every morning in an effort to exhaust Mac may be ending. I can’t completely exhaust him every morning if he’s refusing naps.
Yesterday, I thought perhaps it would be a good idea to introduce a new project or activity about 12:30. Something that might help him avoid activating the “exhausted ass sequence.” We decided to bake cupcakes since today is Teddy’s 6 month birthday.
It started out really well. Mac paid careful attention to my instructions. He learned what a “dozen” means. We talked about carefully reading the directions on the cake mix. He counted eggs and cupcake liners. . .
BUT by the time the cupcakes hit the oven, he was starting to get cranked up. I intervened with a coloring book and a fresh page of stickers. . .
Still when we needed to load the second batch of cupcakes in the oven, he freaked out screaming he was “all done filling cups!” and dumped the muffin tin all over the counter.
Preschool. I now understand why some people send their kids to preschool.
But I’m stubborn. And I’m determined I’m going to make this work. I just need a new plan.
Anyone have one for me?