Sometimes, when I wake up on Friday mornings I think "phew, last lap!" But not this Friday. Was it because I had an easy week? Oh. No. It was because I was woken up at 3am by Eliza.
"Mom, my tooth is really, really wiggly."
Now I like to encourage their enthusiasm and celebrate all these exciting life moments with my kiddos, but not at 3am.
"Eliza, I know honey. Go to bed." disappointed she put her hands on her hips and began to whine.
"You don't even care that my tooth is hanging by a thread!" In walks Ava..
"Mom, I had a night mirror!" she crawls into bed, steals my pillow and starts to fall asleep. Eliza chimes in,
"No fair Ava gets to sleep in your bed!!"
"Eliza, stop shouting and just get in bed. You can sleep here too. Jeesh, just STOP!!!" in case you were wondering, yelling at a whining 7 yr old at 3am doesn't calm the situation.
"I wanted to sleep on that side!!" Eliza is staring at Ava, who has already fallen back to sleep. I pick Ava up, walk around to the other side of the bed (stubbing my stupid toe on the way) and then tuck them both in.
"There...now just go to sleep. Please." silence for about a minute.
"Hey Mom.." ughhhhh!!!!!
"Why did you say 'what' like that? Are you mad at me?" she starts to cry. Oh...my....
"I'm not mad. I'm exhausted. What is it?"
"I just wanted to tell you that I love you!"
"I love you too. Now go to sleep."
"Ava, stop putting your feet on me!!" Ava groans awake and yells,
"I won't put my feet on you if you stop stealing the covers!"
I can't think of any 'out' for me so I just get out of bed and storm into the kitchen. 4:30am. Let's make coffee. I call my husband (who is out of town on business) and delightfully tell him about my glorious night's sleep. He's in another time zone so it's later for him anyway...ooops, or is it earlier? Poor Erik.
Erik and I got lost in conversation over our morning coffees hundreds of miles away from each other. Laughing, babbling, and flirting is definitely a good way to start a Friday! An hour and a half later, I ended the conversation with Erik when I heard Gabe upstairs shout "Mom!! I peed my bed!!" I hung up the phone with a smile on my face, took a deep breath and said "last lap!"
Here is my outfit for "Inspiring Interpretations" on 'Stuff Jewish Girls Like' blog!