The other morning we were playing during Ellie’s morning nap. Madison had taken her four little chairs and lined them up in the kitchen. She sat in the Thomas the Train chair and talked about the “boy” who would sit in the seat behind her – a pretty, pink Minnie Mouse chair. I am not sure what makes her think the “boy” would choose this chair, but every time she told me the story it was the same chair :)
It is fun to watch her play and be imaginative again. Her little sickness she had altered her into a child that I almost didn’t recognize – whining, crying, needy, sitting on the couch. I was hoping she would snap out of it – that it wasn’t a preview of the terrible twos that are so talked about. She still wakes up hard from naps (which is different than before), but we are working on that. We talk about how she can play with toys in her bed when she wakes up and sing. When mommy or daddy hears her, they will get her. This backfired on me the other day when she played BEFORE sleeping for almost 1-1/2 hours. She finally decided it was time to sleep when she had thrown everything out of the crib. She was not unhappy in there, just entertaining herself.
On Tuesday, we had visitors. My long-time friend came to visit. She does not drive to Columbus – hates the fast and crazy interstate around cities; so, she brought her driver and her sons. The roll count – Sandy (adult), Denise (adult), almost 3 year old boy, 6 month old boy, Me (adult), 2 year old girl, 2 month old girl. We met at the zoo for an adventure that can only go as smoothly as two infants and two toddlers can make it. We saw sleeping polar bears where Ellie gagged down as much as she could of the cold bottle I gave her. (I went and got boiling water from Tim Horton’s to heat the remaining ounces.) Denise ran to the car to get more for her little one to eat. And Sandy took the toddlers on the tour of bears and Asia. I met her at Asia before where Ellie saw the lions… kinda:
We had a picnic lunch and rode the carousel before heading home.
Madison snuck in a nap before coming down to play with her new friend. Sandy and I took care of the four kids while Denise headed off to visit a friend – still not sure how she was the lucky one who escaped! :) It was a good, exhausting day.