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07:37 am: Curse you, Sunkist!
Teddy and I arrived at my folks' house just in time for dinner (YUM - thanks Dad!) Tuesday night. Teddy was being Sir Cranky, the Crankmeister of Crankendom, having been rudely awakened from his lovely car nap when we arrived. He snuggled on my lap and refused to eat, drink, or interact with anyone but me.

When he finally settled down a bit, I let him have a small glass of soda as a treat. Orange soda, one of my favorites when I was a kid. Just the thing to rinse down his American cheese and apple slices (sauerbraten being deemed Unacceptable by the Crankenheimer).

Turns out this particular orange soda has caffeine. Caffeine. A beverage with a kick. A kick that Teddy has never before felt in any significant amount (chocolate has comparative traces of Teh Kick).

YOWZA. And the child, he did awaken. Within about 15 minutes, he was careening around the house with his cousin M, having a great time.

It was heart-warming to see the two of them together. They see each other rarely, but they get along like a house a-fire. A caffeinated house a-fire.

He fell asleep sometime after 9, and would probably not have slept yet if he hadn't still been on Benadryl.

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He woke up earlier than I'd have liked (though later than usual) yesterday and would. not. let. me. sleep. I had a hard time falling back asleep after his 12:30 awakening (I was worrying about this and that) and would really have enjoyed a lie-in. Nope.

So we got up, visited with my folks, and bundled all the cousins (M, her older brother A [Teddy's idol], and Teddy) off to the New Balance outlet, where new shoes were acquired for all, then to the Children's Museum.

I'm so glad we're members of the museum. Great organization, lots of fun, and the line skippage is most excellent indeed (as is the discount at the store, natch)... especially on holidays when the regular line winds outdoors and past the milk bottle.

What a fun day! Teddy and M were wonderful together, and A? What a great kid (an 18-year-old, 6'1" kid whose diapers I changed and whose very adultitude and heightification make my head explode). He was so wonderful with both kids. It was an absolute pleasure spending time with him, and he was an enormous help, too.

Get this! I got to go to the bathroom. BY MYSELF. In the Children's Museum!! You do not know privilege until you get to the bathroom by yourself at a kids' venue when your kid is also there but NOT with you in the bathroom while you're doing your thing all by yourself. I'm a blithering run-on sentence idiot from the sheer joy and surprise of it!

:ahem: Anyway. We had a great time.

The kids wound down around the same time, which was quite a happy coincidence, and we headed home (without having seen the Nutcracker rehearsals we came for, because the line for free tickets was so outrageous and no one really cared but me anyway). Stopped by my office for nothing (grr... the benefits vendor with whom I was supposed to meet had already left, dammit, though I was there two hours earlier than I'd thought I might be).

There was still time for a nice little visit with my folks, a quick drink and potty break, and an even quicker stop at Trader Joe's for the all-important Apple Crushers (because other brands just. will. not. do.). We were home again before dinner.

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aaaaaand I woke up with vertigo. wtf?

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Date:November 12th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)

That's a big day!

Caffeine: don't let my dh get ahold of it and consume it with my dd. I fear the day. Glad you survived.

A is amazing, isn't he? I get to see him once a year or so and I'm in awe every time. So glad he's a good nephew!

Peeing by yourself in a kid's venue? I just hold it. Someday, one day, again, I will pee.alone. So happy for you!

Vertigo: just an benefit? Don't forget though: It's gonna be a Bright and Sunny Day! Mwah hahahahaha!
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Date:November 12th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)

Re: That's a big day!

DH is bad with caffeine too? Good heavens... he gets all that energy without it? EEEK.

A is indeed amazing.

I can't hold my pee. I lost all ability to do so when I was pregnant (of course, diuretics don't help with that either).

I can see no benefit to vertigo. It scares the crap out of me. Fortunately, it seems to be passing.

And it IS gonna be bright and sunny TOday. neener, neener!
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