Monday, February 13, 2006

Can't argue with that logic

2000. Chana is 1 1/2 years old. She started crawling out of her crib, so we switched her to a toddler bed. Since we don't want her wandering around at night, we put a child gate in her doorway. She still hasn't slept through the night (since she was born, not just since the switch). It's 2 AM, she's at the gate, shaking it, screaming (if she had a tin can she'd be rattling it against the gate). I have finally reached the end of my rope. I kneel down so I'm eye-to-eye with her, and lose it. I'm screaming at her. Yelling that this is unacceptable, that we all need our sleep. I am right in her face. I finally stop my screed, but remain where I am, staring her down.

She reaches over the gate, touches my schnozz, and says, "Nose."

6 comments:

Miss Nibbles said...

Ahh, yes.

I have so many days like those...

Miss Nibbles

Ezzie said...

Kids. They sure know how to defuse a situation. We should send them around the world as peacemakers...!

Ayelet said...

That should teach you that there is no sense in reasoning or shouting at a toddler! Totally lost on them. Sounds like she wasn't too traumatized or fazed, for that matter.

PsychoToddler said...

That kid is going places.

torontopearl said...

Ralphie, I'm so glad it was "eye-to-eye" that you were with her. I'm afraid if you were standing up and looking down at her, what she might've decided to choose to touch and say.

Essie said...

Precious!