Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More Effective Than a Cup of Coffee

All children benefit from routine, but Atticus seems to crave it particularly. The problem is that he'll observe us repeating the same actions two or three times and decide that it's our new routine which must not be varied. Mama must carry him out to the car in the morning while Bapa carries out Norah. If Bapa brings them home from daycare, then Mama has to meet them at the car and carry Norah in. If Mama brings them home by herself, then Norah gets taken out of her carseat first while Atticus hides under a blanket and Mama wonders aloud where he's gone. Atticus gets carried to the adult bed in the morning first. When I pick him up from his bed I'm supposed to exclaim, "Oof! You're so heavy!" If I forget, he says it for me. If Norah is already in our bed, he's not a happy camper - even though she always joins us within a few minutes of her brother getting there. He has to have the pink highchair. Bedtime routines must include Cat, Bear, and Duck. Vary from any of this, and we're sure to hear about it.

A couple of mornings this week Paul has been party to some particularly shrill cries of indignation because he hasn't gone down the hill on the way to BeBee's house. It's possible to take two different routes - one leading downhill and one that goes on a flat road. Atticus doesn't care which way we take to the grocery store or the park, but apparently it is very, very, VERY important that Paul adheres to the established method of driving to daycare.

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