Our weekend contained multitudes. Okay, not really. But we had moments like this:
. . . as well as our first successful family bike ride to/from the complex pool! (Don’t be too impressed. It is 0.9 miles from our house. But still.)
We also had a moment where G remembered that she is 3 and vehemently refused to participate in soccer. She and I arrived at the field and she looked sooo cute in uniform but then she looked up at the hot sun, noted there was no shade, and declared she wanted to leave.
Honestly in some ways, I couldn’t blame her.
BUT I also really didn’t want to teach her that immediately bailing when things are a bit challenging is the right thing to do, so I told her calmly that she could play or sit and watch the other kids play, but we would stay for the session. (Annabel was playing in the next game anyway and the others were meeting us at the field).
She intermittently watched + cried / thrashed around and finally bit me on the shoulder. #*@$(*@&#. However, when it was time to leave, as we walked out together she said she was going to “surprise the coach” and participate the next time. Sigh. It was one of those moments when — despite being on my 3rd kid — I had NO REAL IDEA what the right thing to do was. I guess I could have left, but it felt like a bad precedent to set (note: G expressed previously that she wanted to do soccer, though I get that a 3 year old’s desires are going to be inherently mercurial).
I was careful NOT to yell at her for not playing but I also did not give in to her wanting to leave. Honestly, the whole scenario felt like torture TO ME in the end so who knows.
(ALSO, this was sort of . . . deja vu because Annabel as a younger child was very prone to similar behavior. C not so much, especially if the activity is an active one.)
SO! This post is for those of you who have come to believe that G is a magical unicorn 3 year old with maturity well beyond her years. She sometimes sounds like an older kid, but definitely knows how to act 3.
I would insert the tantrum picture of her that I have saved for posterity on my phone, but I do not share those publicly as a matter of personal policy so you will have to wait until next week to see her hot pink shin guard covers.
TODAY is a full WFH day.
Webex meetings at:
7:15 (30 min)
7:45 (1 hr)
12:00 (1 hr)
1:00 – 4:00 (3 hrs – a teaching session for the 1st year residents)
4:30 (probably 1 hour)
I am not kidding, I may try to sneak in a 30 minute power nap at 11:30 and take a walk outside during the noon meeting (which is less participatory and more listening). That is just a lot of meetings.
My reading life has been stagnating a bit so I decided I will read The Four Winds over the next week (due @ library 4/26 and cannot renew since others have holds on it!), which means averaging 70 pages a day. I started yesterday and got up to 100 (it moves fast) so this seems doable.
Sometimes a little pressure can be helpful.
I will go back to Greenwood after that since I can keep it out until June!