We all had a good nights sleep last night - bliss! The bad nights are catching up with Mary-Jane, with avengance. Withing two hours of getting up, MJ was wanting snugglebugs and trying her best to settle down and have a sleep. That was after she threw the biggest tantrum of her little life. The day has been interspersed with her admitting that she is tired. Another good night or two will get her (and us) back on her feet. I wasn't at my best as I have had a singing headache all day from her high pitched screams.
Once things had calmed, we took a trip to the Library and to do the recycling in Gosforth. MJ picked two books, one in particular she has had before, and really took a shine to it. She has looked at this at bedtime, as well as a new favourite library book - one that helps you learn the time (only the 'on the hour' time) with a story of Merlin the Dog and what he does from 7am and each hour from there till bed time at 6pm. She is quite taken with this. She is getting familiar with o'clock times already. This book has a built in clock face with hands that you can move around, which she is delighted with.
This afternoon we went into Whitehaven to do a spot of shopping with Granma and to go to The Cafe For A Coffee. After the cafe, MJ wanted to use the toilet, got there just in time, good for her. When we came out of the loo, she headed straight for the Peppa Pig Ride and got on. Things went rapidly downhill from there. As soon as she was on the ride, it started interacting with her - talking to her and flashing lights etc. She was hooked, excited and thrilled. I was not. I did feel a bit mean at asking her to get off, which she didn't. I don't want to start a thing where she thinks she can go on a supermarket ride everytime we go shopping. As you can probably guess, the situation didn't end well. I had to lift her off there, against her will, with her screaming and shouting. Of course she didn't want to walk with me through the store, back to Granma in the cafe. So I got her by the hand/wrist and off we went. I have never had so many people stop and stare at me before. Her screaming was deafening. She did begin to calm after ten minutes or so, but as soon as I wanted her to do something she didn't want to do, like walk with me, the screaming started again. In the end I picked her up and carried her. This did have a calming effect on her quite quickly.
When I said to her that I was going to put her down, she asked me very politely for pick ups as she was very tired. Can't argue with that. She snuffled in for a few minutes longer. When she got down she was good, only for a few minutes. The whole situation culminated in me taking her by the wrist after the checkout and walking her briskly to the car.
She admitted on the way back that she was still sulking (always makes me smile when she admits this!). She has apologised a few times since. She even asked Daddy if he would take her back to the shop so she could say sorry to the lady in the shop. By the time we got back, she had pulled herself around, and was looking more than tired with very puffy dark eyes. Between then and bedtime, we have only had the odd squalk. Since bedtime I haven't heard her at all, only the throbbing of my temples!
Several rows of knitting later and I am headache free.