Since I've been spending all my time sleeping, it hasn't left much time for blogging. I'm on vacation this week, but it hasn't been very relaxing despite all the napping. I'm the matron of honour in a wedding this Monday and have been popping around getting my outfit together and organizing the bachelorette. Fun but tiring is the theme of this vacation so far, and I'm a little nervous about my stamina for the wedding day itself.
My good friend is East Indian and is marrying a white Australian guy, so they're having two ceremonies in one day - Sikh and Christian. The Sikh ceremony starts at 9:30AM and the Christian ceremony is at 5:30PM, followed by a reception until at least 11:00PM. Given S. is usually in bed by 8:00PM, we may well be treated to a loud display of the less attractive aspects of our darling daughter's personality.
When she gets tired enough, S. emits random piercing shrieks, much like a velociraptor in Jurassic Park, to indicate her batteries are running dangerously low. If these are ignored, she writhes around in one's lap as if she's having full body dry heaves, interspersed with loud squawks of misery. I can sympathize.
There's not much worse than being really tired and not being able to sleep, because you're at a social gathering or work or some other troublesome event. The extra element of torture for an adult is having to pretend that you're not exhausted, and in this case, not at all embarrassed by the wild animal masquerading as your toddler. I've already warned J. that he may have to just take her out to the car and let her sleep in her car seat if she gets really fired up.
Normally we would ask one of our parents to watch S., but with the rehearsal dinner the night before and ceremonies the entire next day and night, it's too much to ask. Any suggestions on how to manage a 13-month-old in this situation?