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The other night, I was performing the ridiculous, adorable-yet-annoying nightly bedtime routine for Jumping Bean, who is about 3.5 years old.  Over the course of 15 minutes, she managed to perform the following (in no particular order):

  • Snuggle on me as if I was leaving the country the next day
  • Scream obscenities at me and tell me she didn’t want me near her
  • Plead and eventually cry for additional books OVER and over
  • Clumsily slam her head into my nose while begging for books
  • Ask me “WHY?” about 368 times. It honestly  might have been more.

The next night, I attempted bedtime after 2 glasses of wine.  The same bedtime antics held much more humor and were slightly enjoyable.  I thought, “Wow.  I apparently just need to drink every night to find this type of behavior acceptable, and even funny!”

I left the room that night and had a wine-induced epiphany:

My toddler behaves the same as that really drunk friend.

You know the one.

The one you adore, but when they get drunk, you start watching every sip they take and wish it wasn’t happening.  You watch them turn from a rational, fun-loving friend into an emotionally unstable sociopath.  Yup. We all have (or have had) that friend,  My adorable toddler is now that friend… about 50% of our time together.

Since my epiphany, I’ve had some fun searching for similar viewpoints. CLEARLY this is a common thought, which made me feel much less terrible about my association.  If you are curious, some great posts include:

I had to take my own spin on it, so here goes.  Please feel free to add some more- compiling this helped me giggle about the ridiculousness, which is just what most of us need these days.  Enjoy!!

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