We started today bright and early at 5 am. Okay, not so bright, actually because it was still dark outside. Usually when Ada decides to start her day at the crack of dawn, she will play for about an hour, clearly be tired, I put her back down, and then I go back to sleep for a few more hours. Not today. Today, between 5 and 8 am, I tried to put her back down three or four times, and it was not happening. Finally at 8:15, I gave her a bottle, and she went to sleep for a grand total of 45 minutes. Not even enough time for me to settle in for a nap. I even got in the shower when I first heard her wake up, thinking she might go back to sleep. No such luck.
We had a play date at 11:15 with a friend from church and her 16 month old, so there was no trying to put Ada back down for a longer morning nap. The friend lives in a very large neighborhood, and I have only been over there at night for community group. I didn't have directions, but Scott assured me that I could call him when I got to the front gate, and he would give me directions to her house. I didn't even have the address. So I got to the gate, entered the neighborhood, called Scott as planned, and he didn't answer his work phone or cell phone. I then tried to call the girl I was meeting, but I later found out that her phone was in a different locale than she was. I called Scott and called Scott and called Scott, and he did not answer until I had been driving around this neighborhood for like 30 minutes, just hoping that I would miraculously find my way. By this time Ada was tired, hungry, and screaming in the back seat, and I was very, very late for our play date. I tried not to be angry and frustrated with Scott, but, to be honest, there was some frustration, which heightened with every scream coming from back seat. Finally, Scott gave me directions, and I showed up at the house 45 minutes late!!!
The play date itself was great, except for a few minor mishaps between Ada and the other little girl. It just seems that sinful nature always comes to the surface when kids are expected to share toys. It's amazing how little 12 month (almost) Ada immediately wants what another kid is playing with even when there are so many other toys around. It never fails to happen that way. But, in the midst of all the refereeing and such, I was able to enjoy some great mom conversation. This mom has three children, so she has a bit more insight and practice with this parenting thing, and it was helpful to pick her brain a little bit. She also let me borrow a dress for Ada to wear on her birthday because once I decided to face the facts, I realized that the bubble suit I ordered for her is just way too big. However, I now have a precious little blouse and pink jumper with a cupcake on the front for Ada to wear. Hopefully I will be able to post pictures again soon.
Now Ada is finally down for a good nap. She woke up an hour into the nap, clearly still very sleepy, so I rocked her for a bit and put her back down. I think that I am now going to enjoy a little down time myself. Happy Thursday, everyone.