Tuesday, October 20, 2009

One of THOSE days.

I posted a while back about my utter frustrations with Madison and her ability to turn into a different child at the drop of a hat. Well things have settled down a bit, yes we still have regular meltdowns but I have been able to keep my cool and for the most part sail through them. Then we have a day like yesterday, ugh.

We generally go to story time at the library on Thursday because they do a morning session at 10am which leaves the afternoon open for Madison's much needed nap. Instead of sticking with the routine (yes, routine is good so this is my own fault) I opted to do Tuesday story time which is in the afternoon and would mean no nap. Bad, bad idea.

Of course we had tantrums and tears at the library as expected (once again I did this to myself so I really can't complain) but a trail of tears followed us home for a rough afternoon too. Needless to say there were tears, screams, kicks and all around chaos until bedtime.

**Madison figured out how to open doors a long time ago and not long after figuring that out she also figured out how to unlock a door. At bedtime we stick a child safety door knob cover on the inside of her door so she can't let herself out alllllllll night long. When we head to bed we do take it off!!! No hate mail!**

We generally give Madison three tries at bedtime because she is using the potty now. If she comes out of her room and lays in the hallway and plays with the doors and lights we go upstairs and put her back in bed. When number three rolls around, and it always does, we go upstairs and stick the safety cover on her door.

We hit number three last night and Madison knew the drill she solemnly walked to her room with her head hung and as I reached for the safety cover that is always sitting on her bookshelf she turned to me with bright eyes and a huge smile.

"I don't want the lock on mom"
"Madison you know the rules, you came out three times"

Wait! Where is the lock!!!

"I hid it momma! You can't find it! No lock on my door!"

Really I felt like screaming in the inside, it had already been a long day and I just wanted this battle to end.

"Madison where is the lock?"
"Oh over here, I hid it this morning! Here he go! You can put it on now!"

The laughter started. Not only did she hide the lock but she planned this all along in the morning! She handed the safety cover over with no complaints, climbed in her bed and went to sleep. I won't even bother trying to figure out what she was thinking but I know that I managed to go back downstairs with a smile on my face even though it was one of those days!


Konstance said...

awww! Got to love those days when your stress level is so high and then they do something that makes you smile so big!

Laura said...

Maddie sounds just like my Caitlin with her "craftiness". I just love how kids seem to know just when we parents need a laugh. :o)

Carrie said...

Oh we have those days too!

We are THAT Family said...

{GRIN} Momma said there would be days like this. My Momma said.

Thanks for playing along!