The kids all woke up fairly early this morning. Ok, it was early for us. Maybe 7:30. Brady decided to sneak them downstairs and let me sleep in, which is SUCH a lovely gesture, but I woke up pretty quickly and didn’t fall back to sleep. My loving husband would have likely been more than fine with me hiding out in bed for a while, watching some YouTube, and getting extra rest, whether I was sleeping or not, but I wanted to join the fam for our usual breakfast and playtime.
Except this morning, our children were three bears. And not like the cute story where the three bears only whine a little bit over the temperature of their breakfasts. Our kids were BEARS this morning. They were very complainy. But we’ve had our kids be whiny before, its nothing new, so we powered through. We fed them a bit more to ensure they weren’t hangry, we entertained them and played a bit more hands on with them to make sure they weren’t bored, we broke out the laundry because they like having a task to do. Nothing worked. They just hated everything.
So finally we decided that everyone, even Dekker, needed a nap. So they ate (Dekker ate quite mournfully) and finally we brought them to bed.
It was one of those really choppy, unsuccessful naps. Dekker fell asleep immediately, but Laela didn’t. She finally fell asleep after a BIG cry, that of course, woke Dekker. Then we went to get him up, and since Laela had fallen asleep way too late, we had to wake her up a short time later. Needless to say, the kids were not well rested, and were just as grouchy as they had been in the morning.
But we kept our heads up and kept at it, like every parent with whiny kids does, and they did ok. We had company over for supper tonight, and amazingly enough, Dekker loved the honey chicken! He always does, but usually, he fights it in the beginning. This time, he just ate it happily! Laela was a bit more sceptical, but she ate around the chicken and ended up finishing most of her rice anyway. And she ate lots of cucumbers out of her salad. So it was a pretty successful meal. The kids then played downstairs and watched Paw Patrol while we visited with our guests, but they left right around 7:30, and the kids needed to go down.
Brady praised them up and down for changing their attitudes and being SO good and playing SO well while we visited, but it fell on deaf ears. Not just the kids deaf ears, but ours, as we couldn’t hear anything over their unbelievably loud wailing. Needless to say, it was time for bed.
Through lots of tears and arguing, the big ones are fast asleep, and Rowan is wildly overtired, so not sleeping yet, but he’s whiny and on his way out. And then for a soak for Brady and I. And then to bed. We are sleepy after being on our toes all day long. Time to give those feet a rest.