Rants from MommyLand has a very useful parenting tool, the 'Mommy may lose her Schmidt' advisory system http://www.rantsfrommommyland.com/2010/05/mommy-will-lose-it-advisory-system.html
I will be adopting this advisory system and will post everyday (I make a lot of promises don't I!) what level I'm currently at. When reading her blog post and laughing out loud, because it's all SO true we were at Defcon 1. Green. Thing 1 was eating lunch quietly, I am on schedule as far as the house is concerned and Thing 2 was comfy in his crib and ready for a nap.
Right now we're hovering at a high blue with the definite possibility of hitting yellow. I am pleased with Thing 1, she is making good progress on her lunch and has a smile on her face. She may be rewarded with something fun after lunch. She's been asking for playdoh time...
Thing 2 is now screaming in his crib. Oh, breathe, I went up with poopy butt supplies, but alas, clean butt. I retrieved his binky, laid him down and snugged him all back up for a nap. As soon as I sat back down, he started up again. Nothing has deviated from our schedule except from the fact that he is not yet asleep.
He will most likely cry for a while longer and realize I am not his puppet and give in the awesome and tempting powers of naptime. In this event we will stay at blue and possibly go back down to green.
IF HOWEVER he does not succumb to the sleepy and I am forced to go get him, I will be forced to move to Defcon 3 (YELLOW) and get him back up and the ensuing sleepiness, eye rubbing, being mad & crying will inevitably move up the chart.
So for now, we sit here at blue and pray to god I don't see red today. On another note I will turning 26 in 6 days. I like cash. And maids.
I just told Thing 1 she needed to eat her pb&j crust and now she's crying.