2:00 PM Naptime. Take kids upstairs, get them settled into their rooms. I have time to lie down for 60 minutes! Hooray! I'm very tired, since DD was up several times with nightmares last night.
2:03 PM DD wants her blankie. Blankie is at daycare. Alternate blankie is NOT acceptable. Ten minutes of calming and distracting.
2:12 PM She's in bed. Ok, 48 minutes of a lie down till the handyman comes at 3. That's a decent rest.
2:13 PM "Mommy! I need help to go to the bathroom." On the potty. Off the potty. On again. "I want to go in YOUR bathroom" "I want to go in MY bathroom" On the potty, off again.
2:24 PM Okay. She is back in her bed. I can lie down for 35 minutes! That's pretty good.
2:26 "Mommeeeee! I'm huuuuunnngry!"
Me: Do you want string cheese?
Me: Square cheese?
Me: What DO you want?
Me: We don't have any olives.
Me: We didn't buy any at the store.
Me: We just didn't.
Me: (time for a change of subject) You can have graham cracker with peanut butter.
DD: I just want a cracker.
Me: Just a cracker? Do you want peanut butter on it?
DD: No. I just want a cracker.
Downstairs. Up again. "Here's your cracker."
DD: I WANT PEANUT BUTTER ON IT!
Me: But, OhfortheloveofMike....No. That's not what you said. You are stalling. You can have the cracker or nothing. What do you choose?
DD: (takes cracker, begins to wail)
2:44 She's wailing, but in her crib. I can rest for 16 minutes. Okay. That's something. I settle in. I can ignore loud wailing.
2:46 DS: Mommy! I need help wiping! (are you kidding me?!)
2:50 OKAY. Now they are both in bed. Pottied. Washed. Fed. Quiet. I can rest for...10 minutes. It's better than nothing. Ahhhhh.... Lying down......
2:53 (Knock, knock, knock!) The handyman is here.