This week Janelle was reading something I’d written about what Belle was saying before her 2nd birthday. As she read it we realized we’d both forgotten about Belle ever saying those things. It was a reminder to me that I need to be better about jotting stuff down when she does it, so we don’t forget. She does so many cute/impressive/wonderful things on a regular basis that it’s easy to have them slip by without writing them down.
Last night it was a serious battle trying to get Belle to go to sleep. She asked “why do we have to go night night every day?!” After Janelle and I read her several stories and left her to fall asleep, she started to fuss and cry and get out of bed. We left the lights on (she has a princess Christmas tree that is really bright in and of itself, and she wanted her lamp on) but that wasn’t enough.She threw all the bedding off her bed and screamed things like:
“I really miss Mommy and Daddy!”
“Daddy! DADDY! Come here!”
“I don’t want to go night night.”
And my favorite…
“I’ll never sleep! Never!”
During a lull in her tantrum I came in and started to talk to her. I don’t know exactly what I did or how I did it but I convinced Belle it would be cool if I put the stuff back on her bed (with her showing me where it all goes). Then I laid in there and talked to Belle for probably ten minutes before leaving. This time she let me go and fell asleep peacefully.
We talked about what she would be doing soon, and we talked about what it will be like when I take her to see The Princess and the Frog. It’s going to be the very first movie she sees in a theater. She asked if they had blankets and pillows at the theater in case she gets cold. When I told her they didn’t, she asked if she could bring her own blanket.
I also told her about how you give your ticket to the man or lady and they rip it, then give it back to you.
“I will not say thank you to the lady,” she said. When I asked why, she replied “because I will be shy.”
I love my little girl. I went from absolute frustration and exasperation to utter amazement and thankfulness to God in the span of an hour. Parenthood rules.