A little pep in her step.

 

Last week I bought a coffee at Starbucks. It was my favorite, a venti iced coffee with vanilla and cream. “Venti” is the polite word for “A sh!& load of coffee”. I brought the delicious elephant-sized coffee home, and set it on the table. I also set Mary Claire at the table and went to start a load of laundry. You see where this is going, don’t you.

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“Oh don’t mind me. You go do the laundry, mom, and I’ll just sit here playing on this heavily finger-printed iPad and drink HALF of your gluttonously large coffee beverage.”

When I came back from the laundry room, I found Smiley McHappy Face clutching my mostly gone coffee. After I yelled “Noooooooooo!”, I immediately began planning a funeral service for nap time, because nap time would most surely be dead.

But I’m happy to report that it really wasn’t as bad as I had expected. I was prepping for an apocalyptic scenario where Mary would take on the personality of a rabid squirrel…but she didn’t. She just ran. And ran, and ran, and ran. She ran around in a very happy mood, much like a normal toddler would, only she never stopped.

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She seemed to enjoy her running even more with this bowl on her head.

I would have been happy to let her “run it off” at home and let that be the end of the story, but then I remembered I had promised Gabe (the kindergartner) that we would come eat lunch with him at school. “Perfect”, I thought, “This will probably be another the nail in the coffin for any dignity I have left”. BUT! She was actually pretty good. She never stopped running. She ran around the lunch table *the entire lunch* and every time she would pass by me she would squeak “Hi Mommy!”. But other than that, there were no horrific incidents.

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Excited Gabe and his caffeinated-sister in the background.

Several adults commented “Wow, *she’s* got a lot of energy”, and all I could say was “Well, you know toddlers, you give ’em one large cup of coffee…..”.

We all laughed…….. but I laughed the most.

And nap time wasn’t dead after all! I attribute it to the (non-exaggerated) 2 hours of running.

Live and learn!

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “A little pep in her step.

  1. Wow! Turns out all that’s been keeping me from completing the Couch to 5K isn’t my lack of willpower, it’s a lack of coffee! Looks like I need to start drinking coffee. Glad she detoxed just fine. 🙂

  2. Oh my…I was laughing so hard. My own pigtailed tot didn’t understand what was so funny. I’m sorry about your coffee, but it made a great story. My little one loves my iced coffee. One day I was pairing socks, and every. single. time. I took a sip, she’d hear the ice cubes clinking and arrive, wreathed in smiles, to claim *her* sip. It became hilarious, because I was trying to sip stealthily and everyone else was watching, to see if I’d succeed, but she always knew. Maybe toddlers can appreciate coffee! I don’t even put sugar in mine.

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