Monday, May 30, 2011

How Do You Spell Relief?

If you're old enough, you might remember that Rolaids commercial which asked: "How do you spell relief?"  They spelt it, R-o-l-a-i-d-s.

I spell it: N-A-P.

You guessed it, today was one of those days when I needed some relief, but even more than that ('cuz let's face it, I could say that just about every afternoon) my boys needed a nap!  And being the loving, caring and selfless mommie I am, I decided to oblige them. 

It got to the point this afternoon where they were just looking at each other and screaming.  It was nuts.  They were completely tuning me out and were just screaming.  So I sat back and watched for a sec...I became all buddha-like and fully present in this moment of LOUD!  It was like an out-of-body experience or being in the middle of a really bad movie.  I've actually had this experience before of really stepping aside and just observing what was going on.  It was about a year ago and they were both fighting over me.  I had the two of them tugging at me and crying and screaming, "My Mom".  Again, all I could do at that point was take a sec and look down and it was, like, "Well, it's nice to be popular" (I think). 

Today's meltdown has to do with one thing and one thing only.  They're getting up too freakin' early!  Luckily these screaming matches don't happen every day.  And they don't nap every day either.  In fact, Hubby and I prefer if they don't because then they go to bed nice and early and we can have an entire evening to ourselves!!  (Just take a moment to bask in those words...nice, huh?)

I know parents whose kids sleep a crazy 12 hours in a row!  Both my boys have only ever needed 9 hours of sleep.  Their eyes pop open after that amount of time.  No real need to set an alarm clock in this house.  The last couple of days have been wierd though.  Something in the air perhaps?  Maybe some inner changes they're going through?  Who knows, but I'm not into it.  Really, I'm not.

Little K fell asleep yesterday around 5pm which always sends us into a minor panic (in our heads anyways) 'cuz we know that probably means he'll be up to 11 or something crazy.  But he kept on sleeping...and sleeping...and sleeping.  I always feel that if  they're sleeping like that, then they probably need it.  Of course he awoke at 1am and was up 'til 3, so that's probably his excuse for this afternoon.

Not sure what Big T's excuse is...possibly allergies...but he's getting up at around 5am every day and not his usual 6am.  Someone else needs to tell him this is just not the way to go.  I've tried...he's not listening to me.

So once again I hit the road. 

And once again, "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ"! 

Ahhhh, silence really is golden.

And now I have a question. 

How do YOU spell relief?


Shell said...

Oh, kids sleeping is the best! Mine don't nap. And yes, I cry about this.

CaffeinatedOCMommy said...

LOL and take a deep breath! My kids pretty much had the same sleep pattern as yours. I used to call my first born Mr. 20 Minute Nap Man because I'd drive home from the store and he would fall asleep on the way home. Great, I can put the groceries away and quietly bring him into the house and my afternoon would be blissful... HA! He'd instantly wake up with the sound of the buckle coming undone and was up for the rest of the day! My second child stopped taking naps altogether at 18 months... They're older now, but no matter how late they go to bed they are still up, 6 am!!!!

You'll make it through, I did with many new pairs of shoes and lots of brightly colored lipstick! xoxo

Mommy Inconsistent said...

Oooh, I like the idea of "many new pairs of shoes" shoes make everything better!

Cam - Bibs and Baubles said...

funny, i spell relief the same way! naps are a life saver some days.

Mommy Inconsistent said...

I agree, Cam! It's a tough decision sometimes nap or not to have time for myself in the afternoon or in the evening? I guess whatever/whenever I can get!