Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Great Manipulator

Today my oldest just wasn't himself. He was mostly quiet except for the persistant coughing and sniffling all day long.

Then he decided he wanted something this afternoon that I wasn't willing to give him. We reached a compromise but he didn't fulfill his end of the bargain so I had to follow through with natural consequences.

Despite the rough day with both he and his sister whining and crying all day long (they took turns I swear!) I was patient and calm throughout all of it.

I was sooooo mommy-zen today.

Nothing was making me bend, nothing was making me blow, so the three year old decided to up the stakes.

And as I loaded the dishwasher and ignored his dramatics he pulled out his trump card.

"M-m-m-mom-m-my," sniff, sniff, tremble, quiver, crocodile tear rolling down the face. "M-m-mommy, you scaring me."

Yeah. Tell me he hasn't figured out the whole manipulation thing.

Push my buttons boy: beep beep boop boop boop beep beep beep beep Caaaaaching!