It's been a challenging week over here.
Addison has been giving me more than a run for my money.
In need of a break, I called a sitter that came highly recommended from a friend.
She stopped by today to meet the kids so that when we use her for the first time (if she comes back) she might not be so overwhelmed.
Shannon, the sitter,was wonderful.
My daughter might have just scared her away though.
While talking to Shannon and showing her around, I turned around to find Addison coloring straight on the wall.....something she hasn't done in two years.
Mortified, mad, and a little proud......I grabbed the crayon out of her hand.
little proud because she did draw an A all by herself.
But focusing on the misbehavior at hand, I quickly reprimanded her all while assuring the babysitter that this never happens.
I then told Addison that she would need to go to time out for coloring on the wall.
I asked her, "Addison, can you tell Shannon where you go for time out?"
without skipping a beat, she replied back, "The garage."
I tried to convince the sitter not to call social services just yet and showed her to the time out mat.....which, I assure you, is most definitely NOT in the garage.
Then I got down on her level and tried to hold it together while saying through gritted teeth for the umpteenth time this week...
"You need to listen to mommy."
To which, she smiled and smacked me straight in the face.
In front of new sitter, Shannon.
So yeah, it's been a challenging week.
I'm just trying to hold it together over here.