Let just air the dirty laundry, shall we? My post for today is simply not ready. Not ready because I haven't had time or a clear head to finish it because I've been battling my 3 1/2 year old with nap time. For the past 3 weeks.
I think he truly is ready to begin dropping it, BUT there are absolutely days that he still needs a nap. Which he refuses to do and whose screaming over not wanting to sleep promptly wakes up his younger brother who DEFINITELY needs a nap. We're dealing with a little boy who is very sleep deprived and falls somewhere in between toddler and big boy.
I know he needs firm discipline. I know that he needs mercy. Some days I'm just not sure which. I suppose we all need both, right? My kids are generally great sleepers, so I think my mommy pride took a hit when I just couldn't get this kid to stay in bed and sleep. Hello, ego! Everyone goes through bad days. Lots of bad days. When I finally just lost it in the middle of a fight over putting chapstick on his dry lips...he caved too. I squeezed his arms and screamed in his face. Ugly and loud. He crumbled in tears and my heart broke. I just held him and we both cried as I walked him to his room where his brother was already tucked in for a nap.
"I love you so much, Buddy. Even when I'm frustrated and upset by your choices, I love you. And I'm so sorry."
"Me too, Mama", he cried.
I held him for a long time and they are both finally sleeping now. I think I will too.
Can I bribe you to check back tomorrow with a jumbo post complete with cooking/meal planning tips, an organized recipe binder, and free printables? I hope so!