We are having a particularly hard time with The Child and sleep — i.e., the sleep she doesn’t allow me to have. I was crabby as all hell today, and she wouldn’t even nap this afternoon (ten minutes doesn’t count). We were meant to be meeting some friends for an outdoor play date, but I was imagining The Child in the buggy. She’d fall asleep and stay that way until dinnertime, then stay up till past midnight. Oh, no fucking way was I allowing that to happen*.
The mission? Stuff The Child’s afternoon full of food and fun activities. Get a roasting tin, shallow plastic box, that sort of thing. Mix approximately two parts cornflour to one part water. If you like, add food colouring. Squish your fingers through it and invite your child to play.
This is known as Oobleck. We didn’t read Dr. Seuss as kids, but some of The Child’s favourite books are There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, Cat in the Hat, and Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, so hey, Oobleck it is.
Here’s a tip: don’t eat yellow Oobleck.
I then added some blue food colouring, and asked her to give it a good mix.
This is not an activity for a parent who is pretty obsessive about cleanliness. I laid a towel on the floor, but as you can see, it did bugger all. At least it’s only cornflour, everything washed / wiped up with minimal effort.
Then I stuffed her full of snacks and turned on the television, and refused any requests for nursing.
* Asleep by 8.30pm.