Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I Said What?! Wednesday

Today Bennett decided not to take a nap. He just laid in his bed for hours talking, singing and occasionally crying. Matt was home today and ended up going in Bennett's room to see if he could get him to sleep. Within minutes they were in there laughing together. Not a big deal, I mean what is life without bending nap rules every once in a while? Unfortunately, Bennett was actually really tired. He spent the rest of the afternoon trying to stay awake. Meaning running around like crazy, not stopping for a second save trying to convince us that he needed to watch "Coo Coos" (Blues Clues).

We tried taking him on a long walk to see if he'd fall asleep...uh, no. Then when we got home from the walk he became naughty-tired. At one point he picked up the pie pumpkin (little pumpkin for those of you who think I'm nuts for calling it a pie pumpkin even though the sign clearly says PIE PUMPKINS...but that's another blog post) from the side table and threw it on the floor. Luckily it didn't split open or anything, but enough was enough. So, my sweet boy got his first time-out.

Hold the phone. He's nearly 18-months-old and this is his first time-out? Yeah. Yeah, it is. I couldn't figure out a good place for him to take time outs. I haven't felt like he would understand that he had to sit in one place, so that left out any place that he wasn't confined. I don't want his crib to a place of punishment and the only other place that leaves is his high chair. That didn't make sense to me either. So, we've found other ways to discipline until we felt that he could understand that he had to sit in one spot for a time-out.

Anyway, I picked him up and put him on the couch, quickly shoving anything exciting that was on the couch (remote, pillows, etc.) out of the way and told him sternly that he had to sit there for a little while. Amazingly, it worked. Poor baby cried with his bottom lip out. He looked so pathetic. I had to stand there and sit him back down a few times, but man-oh-man he sat there for a whole minute. There was something about the poor look on his face and the ridiculous things that I was saying to him that made me want to laugh, but I managed to hold it in. I found myself saying things like, "We don't throw pumpkins when we are upset." & "You need to tell Mommy that you're sorry for throwing a pumpkin."

It got me thinking about the things that I've said in the last 18 months that I would never have said without Bennett. I'm sure that other moms reading this can relate, so I think I'm going to start a feature "I Said What?! Wednesdays" and post crazy things that Bennett has made me said throughout the week. I'm sure I won't have too much of a problem coming up with material. But since I just decided to do this tonight, I only have two to share tonight.

"We don't throw pumpkins when we are upset."
"Lets not drive the car on the guitar."

**Sorry for the lack of photos...

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