I generally welcome the time my kids spend off-track. But this first week (of 3) has thrown me for a loop. Not once did I take a nap. You may say, boo-hoo I dont feel sorry for you. Let me make my case...Mike and I go to bed between 12:30-1:30. And lately we cant seem to get decent rest. We're up at 6 going to the gym and getting Al and Nolan up for school, etc, etc. So, yes, I take a nap during the day. But this week has been wrought with morning commitments and naps just didnt get taken. And to some degree I almost felt like I didnt need them as much. I also ran quite a bit this week, and I wonder if thats another reason I didnt nap. All I know is my Aden+Anais muslin napping blankie doesnt even recognize me anymore.
After weeks of trying to get together with my cousins for lunch, we finally made it happen. Normally I am not afraid of having to take my kids to lunch with my friends. They're pretty well behaved and if not, I get all drill sargeant on 'em and everything's good. This time, not so much. There was myself and three cousins, who each brought one of their kids. Their kids were really good, stayed in their seats, ate nicely, or slept. Mine made me a little nuts. I became that mom who lets her kids walk (ok, run) around willy-nilly. I usually hate that mom. Marik even grabbed Val's chocolate covered strawberry off her plate and ate it. I even let them play with my iPhone in an attempt to corral them to the table. And you know what they did? Made videos of themselves fake injuring themselves.
Gwen wasn't a problem that day at lunch. The last few weeks she has been crying on a daily basis, missing Nonna and Vittoria. Since it has become a very regular thing for her, I will probably look to see if there could be a different way for us to help her with her grief. So sad.
She also breaks down in tears when she hears songs. I might have mentioned that she can barely listen to Michael Buble's slow songs. Which I kinda sorta can get that. The kicker was when she totally cried as Kelly Clarkson's My Life Would Suck Without You came on!! "This song just touches my heaaaaaarrrrrttt." slobber slobber snort snort.
Tonight Gwen couldn't seem to find anything to do. Everyone else was doing their own thing and relaxing. We gave her endless ideas of things to do but she really wasnt interested in them. She preferred lounging on all of us. It was not fun after 20 minutes. And then a miracle happened. The phone rang. It was Rory and Natalie calling...for GWEN! Could she spend the night? I had her packed in 3 minutes flat! Gwen told Mike her plans about 5 times. She's been gone for an hour now and only called once (so far). "Does Daddy know where I went, I dont want him to worry." Oh, Gwen, we are all aware of where you are, trust me, nobody is worried!
I celebrated Gwen's sleepover with a huge bowl of Cap'n Crunch. Now I am sick to my stomach.