Me: One episode of Daniel Tiger and then nap. Understood?
Nora: Ok, mama.
Me: Ok, I’m going to go put Owen down for his nap.
(I leave the room with Owen. Nurse him, lay him down in his crib, start to leave the bedroom when the TV volume cranks up and wakes him. I run back out to the front room.)
Me: Nora, turn it down! (Stares at me and doesn’t move.) Why did you do that? (As I’m turning it back down.)
N: Mom, are you frumpy?
Me: (long pause, deep breathing, counting to 100) Nora, are you asking if I’m “grumpy”?
Because “frumpy” means messy and ugly.
Nora: (Long pause.) I’m sorry.
Me: It’s time for nap, Nora.
N: Because you’re grumpy?
Me: No, because I need you to sleep so you’ll get well.
N: Are you frustrated?
N:….Is it me?
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