Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Battle Cry of No
So, where do we begin? Well, let's begin in my new little world. Lately, my child has decided to start doing some strange things. One, she has no idea what "no" really means, and yet, that seems to be the answer for everything. And it's not just one time saying "no," but actually hundreds of times, while vigorously shaking her head. The husband and I, naturally, have resorted to mocking her by shaking our heads up and down like Metallica, while saying, "yes" over and over again, and my personal favorite of asking her questions like, "Does global warming really exist?" "Did the world start with a big bang?" "Do people really watch the show The Big Bang Theory?" "Should I get bangs?" "Will Obamacare ever work?" And...out of the mouth of babes...
The other strange occurrence, and probably the MOST annoying thing in this new world of mine, is my child has decided to start waking up in the middle of the night by standing and then violently screaming. This usually happens about twice a night and then ends with us relenting, like some beaten prisoners, at around 5:30 in the morning. The other morning when this happened, I laid on down on the couch with my now consoled daughter, and started to reflect on the absurdity of this new practice. First, how does one go from a soft slumber to a siren of panic? Can you imagine doing that now as an adult? One minute you are spooning your partner and the next you are standing on your mattress screaming like you've been stabbed. The first time it happened, I honestly expected her to be in the act of falling from her crib or being abducted. (Got to stop watching 48 Hour Mysteries.) And when I found her standing there, trying to hand me some forsaken stuffed animal, I got to admit, I was a little disappointed.
So, this is my new world. Mr. Buble sing me out.