Oh. We are recovering from a row. This is a BAD THING. And I am still nursing the scars from a bouncy-castle related drinking injury at Gertie's birthday party, so feeling doubly wounded.
Have I mentioned recently how 'difficult' Gilby is? On a scale of one to ten he currently sits somewhere around 'hellish'. Temper tantrums, an unhealthy preoccupation with the word, 'no', an inability to carry out a task without being distracted by a toy: Eating, dressing, teeth-brushing, putting on shoes...the list of potential clash-points before we have even left the house in the morning is quite...exhaustive. Sorry: exhausting.
This morning's flashpoint occured in the bathroom. I have a three strikes rule. I say 'rule', I suppose it simply reflects the limited amount of patience I possess. Once I have politely requested a course of action twice, I really can't be doing with a third time. So - to cut a tedious story slightly shorter, I ended up forcibly brushing his teeth for him and then banishing Gilby to his bedroom to calm down.
I went back in to see if he was ready for 'deep breaths and a cuddle' but, no, it was too soon for that.
So, I returned to getting myself ready. I mostly remember to brush my hair these days, and occasionally find some lipstick to apply badly. It was at this point that Daddy knocked on Gilby's door. Met with a gruff, "Go away!" he responded with, "Don't worry, Gilby, it's only Daddy." Don't worry? DON'T WORRY? Oh, I see, it's not evil Mummy, it's only Daddy." Well, I'm afraid I momenarily became 'evil Mummy' until Daddy retracted his statement. Oh dear. Was I over-reacting?
And then Gertie decided, inexplicably at that moment, to point out that she hadn't, in fact, had any of her own birthday cake at her party. The cake that I had lovingly laboured over just for her... It didn't really do a great deal to lower the emotional intensity of the moment.
And all this by 8am, before my day's work has supposedly begun.
Things got better though, and finished this evening with a glass of wine in the garden in glorious evening sunshine. The healing power of sun and alcohol...now only the bouncy-castle scars remain.