Ok. So it’s been 4 days since the Day Of Reckoning, and things are a lot better. Tuesday was spent at home, all day. We didn’t do any chores, we didn’t run any errands, our main focus was to have fun. And we did. We played with blocks, and balls. After a small argument about the necessity of wearing a coat, we went outside and played with the dogs. I think I handled that one pretty well, actually. I asked Claire if she wanted to go outside and play. She said yes, so I put on my coat and held her coat out to put it on her. She shook her head, and walked away. So, I said, “You have to wear a coat outside. If you don’t want to wear it, we’ll stay in.” Three tries, and she let me put it on and we had a great time.
That was the only hiccup the whole day. Wednesday JR stayed home from work, so of course Claire was a little angel. She got in her carseat without even a whimper (at one point while we were driving to get lunch, she was kissing her baby doll. Making a liar out of me, she is) and we had a lovely lunch. Thursday was much of the same.
Today’s been a little rough, but I think it has something to do with the fact that Granny watched her last night while JR and I went out to dinner, and when we got home (at 11), she was STILL AWAKE. Granny said she tried to put her down, but that she wouldn’t sleep.
The one saving grace throughout this whole thing is her naps. She still takes two, one at 9 or 10 (depending on when she gets up) and one around 4. Both times I take her in her room, make sure she has her milk, pacifier, blanket and pillow, and she just lays down and falls asleep. How long she sleeps is another story, but it’s been my one victory that she falls asleep so well. Of course now that I say that, she’s going to cry and thrash about every time I try to put her down.
The next week is packed with holiday visitors. My dad is coming in tomorrow afternoon, and staying until Monday. My mom (assuming she can get off work – please let her get off work!) will be coming in Wednesday and staying until Sunday. We have Christmas morning at my lovely sister-in-law’s, Boxing Day on the 26th and JR’s old theater troupe is having a reunion at our house on the 27th.
My Christmas shopping is done, save some stocking stuffers for JR and Claire. I need to wrap everything and ship presents to JR’s dad, but I can do that tonight.
So, things are better. Much better. It might be her, but it might also be my attitude toward her. I was so frustrated on Monday, and she could tell. I’m not letting myself get frustrated like that anymore. She’s beautiful and wonderful and yes, a little headstrong, but that’s ME and JR in her. And I love her; I just have to show her more often.