Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Have you ever had one of these days?
This was Baby's expression for about six of the 14 hours we put in today. This particular episode began after I (gasp!) warmed her lunch for her to eat after naptime because she was too tired and cranky to eat it before. Apparently cold macaroni is her favorite.
Lord have mercy. Bedtime could not come fast enough.
After her two hour nap, which failed to leave her refreshed and happy, she began crying and asking for "Dowa", her cute little spanish-speaking friend from Nickelodeon.
"Sorry, honey," I say. "Dora isn't on right now."
So she runs down the list of Dora's friends, thinking surely if Dora isn't on TV, perhaps Boots or Backpack is. And I have to tell her no, they aren't on either.
But my answer is not satisfactory.
She throws herself to the ground, weeping and wailing, refusing to be comforted or distracted.
So what do I do?
We hop in the van, dragging a screaming and kicking snot-nosed Baby with us, and run to the library to get a Dora video.
I scanned the shelves, reading all the Running Times on each Dora video, trying to find the longest one. 48 minutes was all they had.
48 minutes??!!! I need 96. 96 minutes of funny, sunny Dora time.
Alas, it was not to be. But at that point I didn't care. I would've taken 48 seconds and happily played it over and over.
I showed the video case to Baby, who beamed and began pointing to the characters, reaquainting herself with her long, lost friends.
And all was happy again...for 48 minutes.