Sprout had a slight fever, so WonderWife™ took the Bean and left me alone with the patient. Although physically sick, Sprout was acting pretty normal, which meant that she couldn’t sit still and wanted a new activity approximately every 4 ½ minutes. The only time she would settle was to watch a little TV. So there she sat passively on my lap while I spaced out.
Sometimes I feel like a hummingbird in that if I don’t stop moving, I shut down. If I lay dormant on the couch in front of the TV, there’s a good chance that I’ll be asleep in 10 minutes. So when it comes to parenting, I’m much better on the go than hanging around the house. But there are often days where we don’t venture outside the confines of our home. On days like that I become sluggish. There have been times when the Bean has wanted me to hang out in his room, so I’ll lie down on his bed. Next thing I know he’s standing over me with a quizzical look, wondering why my snoring has interrupted his play.
The two of us nestled on the couch, the mind-numbing pictures from the pre-school show washed over me as Sprout remained transfixed. Next thing I knew I heard a loud “bang”. My head snapped forward, trying to find out the cause of the noise. It took me a few seconds to realize that the bang had come from my head as it hit the wall behind the couch. I had nodded off. The snap forward was the result of the noise of the impact waking me up.
This happened two more times before I finally got off of the couch and walked around to wake up. Oddly, Sprout didn’t seem to notice that it happened at all.