Karis is a full blown toddler. She must be! She has all of the symptoms: Toddling (walking clumsily) all around the house, touching everything within her reach, putting objects in her mouth that weren't meant to go there, non-sensical- unexplained crankiness, uncontrollable curiosity, fits of frustrated whinyness... and on and on and on.
Now there will be some of you reading this and saying to yourself, "Awwww, how cute. She's just a baby... just a toddler. Enjoy her while she's young..." etc. You must not be living with a toddler right now.
Today was one of those days. One of those days that parents of small children have. Where nothing is easy and the day seems to have no end. We were tired. Mentally, our minds were spent and physically, we were exhausted.
I recently started working at my church, New Life Fellowship, as Communications Director, which I am super excited about. We had a couple of staff meetings today and didn't have anyone to watch Karis so Rick and I decided to bring her along. We came prepared: (1) Her Abby Caddaby doll, (2) Lunch (3) Endless Cheerios (4) Sippy cup, etc. We were good to go. But it was a long day.
The day started out great. Karis was well behaved and eating cheerios while we had our first meeting. She was sooooo good. I was so proud of her! Not many toddlers can do that. As the day progressed though she understandably became more restless. She had a nap and all but it was a full day away from home for her.
By the time we were done with the meetings, around 3:30pm, it was time for Rick and I to FINALLY eat lunch, but she was ready for nap # 2. So needless to say lunch was fast, furious and messy to say the least. We jumped in the car to go home and Karis was asleep by the time we hit the end of the block. She was so tired but had a good nap.
We got home and then it began. The whining... She wasn't thirsty, she wasn't hungry, she wasn't tired... She wanted to be picked up, put down, played with, left alone... and we... were still tired.
Today, I was not super mom. I was tired, overwhelmed, scatterbrained among other things. I needed an "Office" (An Office is a time to STOP, SLOW DOWN, CENTER, and PAUSE to be with Jesus. With times of silence and reflection).
Today wasn't an easy day. Tomorrow's a new day. Tomorrow will be better. :)