My gremlin does not “do” tired well. I’m sure no toddlers do. In fact I don’t know many adults that do and ones who think they can, are probably lying.
We have had some tired days this week. Probably due to a crazy, busy but lovely Bank Holiday weekend and I reckon some growing and some changes. We have had a few dry nights this week (very exciting), so something is going in that busy head of hers and bottom line is she gets knackered. Her afternoon nap went ages ago but if in the car she will doze and some days she just NEEDS to sleep.
I found the little stinker in my bed fast asleep on Wednesday after a particularly trying afternoon. I knew she was exhausted and she just had to give in.
How do I know she’s tired? This is how:
- She cries as often as the wind blows. I could look at her the wrong way and the tears are falling.
- She doesn’t like anyone…ANYONE; especially the lovely little friend that came to play with her.
- Everything is hers. Touch her ball and suddenly she wants it. Touch her dirty nappy and I reckon she’d would want it!!!
- Expect a usual 30 minute meal to take 1 hour with me or Daddy feeding her like she is 6 months old. This drives me insane!!
- There will be hysteria, the worst you can imagine. This week it was over Daddy’s iPad, which was refused of course.
- Whining, oh the whining. It’s too sunny. It’s too cold. I can’t do this. I want that. I don’t like……times like this I am close to cracking open a vino (oh wait).
- Mummy has to do everything. Daddy can’t pour her milk, or make her a snack, or pull her knickers up or wipe her bum…you get the picture.
- Bedtime seems to take double the usual time. For someone who is so tired, the delay tactics and pratting around seem to get even worse. Overtired?
That and hunger make my pretty good natured little gremlin, turn into a completely different child. I’ve read blog posts where kids have friends over or go out and are just vile. So bad, you want to never return or have a playdate again. I felt like this, this week!!
Getting that balance between no nap and a nap has been a slightly tricky one in the lovely journey of parenting!