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Friday, July 11, 2008

Train of Thought of a Very Tired Mind

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a great children's movie with lots of very catchy tunes and fantastical ideas that children love. But Jeremy and Jemima (the tow-headed sprites, children of the inventor played by Dick Van Dyke) spend an awful lot of time in the movie jumping up and down excitedly and crying out things in unison. Things like "oh, yes, Daddy, please Daddy, oh, yes, a picnic, hurray! a picnic, oh Daddy, really? a picnic, hurray!" And when they do this (approximately once every ten minutes in the two hour movie), they sound like a very large group of tiny mewing kittens, if tiny mewing kittens wore microphones and mewed at a pitch precisely calibrated to drive humans insane.

Even two days old, homemade bread is so much better than store-bought that it's hard to imagine why I'd ever buy a premade loaf again. (Except I will, of course, buy one, since it's not so easy to time the bread-maker's 94 hour cycle so that I'm home at the precise moment it beeps to remove the finished loaf.)

When your toddler spends two HOURS shrieking at the top of her lungs in the middle of the night, jumping up and down in her crib, refusing to allow her soggy diaper to be changed, demanding cups of milk and then escalating the fit because you put the milk in the orange sippy cup instead of the blue one, waking up her brother, and frustrating everyone else in the house from 1-3am (including the dog), it is extremely kind of one's Husband to let one sleep in and set the children up with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang quietly on the couch, so that one can continue sleeping even after he leaves for work.

Dick van Dyke's dancing routine with a long bamboo pole almost makes mewing children worth it. A Husband's thoughtfulness certainly does.

A wee hours' scream fast has the propensity to make one inordinately cranky the next morning, unable to appreciate the little things, finding too much fault. Recognizing this may help rectify the situation. So will a LOT of coffee.


KD @ A Bit Squirrelly said...

We are having the bet time fight with Bardolf. I wonder if that movie will help with going to sleep, or if I should just give in and let them watch it in the morning so I can sleep in. I will have to think on that. For now I need more coffee.

zoeyjane said...

Oh, good husband! When Isobel has those nights, I usually end up, around the two hour mark, putting on a chick flick to watch with her. Cuz I know she's too young to fall in love with the male lead and too interested to not watch, but too tired to watch for long. There's been many a night of Notting Hill around these parts.

MommyTime said...

Oh, KD, there are some things that will help a little one fall asleep, but this movie is definitely not one! It has too much rousing music, and a "bad guy" who might be scary for some kids (though the movie was made in 1968, so no one actually ever dies or anything). I think Zoeyjane has the right idea -- something more soothing would be better.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Yes, the a.m. remedy is coffee. The p.m. remedy is wine.

Not only do they help with your sanity, both happen to be high in antioxidants.

That's my story anyway.

LceeL said...

I love homemade bread. Just love it. And you do realize, of course, that the stuff that goes on in the wee hours of the morning is punishment for having had children in the first place, right? It's just like yardwork is punishment for owning a house. And being required to support the extravagant lifestyle of the entire Arab world is punishment for owning a car. THAT'S what it's all about. Right there.

Kimmylyn said...

My heart was pounding reading this.. It is amazing how a sippy cup holds so much power right?

Diane said...

There must have been something in the air last night b/c my 2 y/o did the same thing. She woke up at 3 a.m. screaming her lungs out. After finally giving in and bringing her into our bed, she kicked and cried for what seemed like forever!

Hopefully, tonight will be better for you.

Tara R. said...

Oh, to sleep and not worry about what the kids are doing... how wonderful.

Stacy (mama-om) said...

and chocolate. Lots of chocolate!

And compassionate, mainly for yourself. ;)

Auds at barking mad said...

We are having a hellacious time of it with the little imp right now. Our once pleasant bed time routine that took maybe half and hour post-bath now takes about two hours. I don't know what's wrong because not only is going down an issue, but STAYING down, for the night, is just not happening.


My hubby is awesome though. He'll get up with her in the middle of the night if I'm draging, and on the weekends he lets me sleep indulgently late and then brings me hot coffee in bed.

I'm really hoping Miss Imp starts sleeping through the night by the time she leaves for college...that outta be about the time she's finally weaned. And potty trained.

lattemommy said...

I'm sending you warm and fuzzy wishes for a sleep-filled night tonight. (Now, for goodness sake, make sure you get to bed early. No more chatting with wild West coast types till the wee hours like last weekend.) :)

Mr Lady said...

I feel it only fair to tell you that someone took your toddler and gave you mine in it's place.


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