Today I am home with both of my daughters. LP has a cold, it is snowy out, and well, why do we need an excuse to huddle together, really?
Last time this happened on a week day, nap time was an issue. I am not saying we have everything worked out, but things are going more smoothly. After returning from an excursion to Stew's I let them both know it was nap time. I reminded them that we had purchased popcorn as the 3 o'clock snack and if they wanted some they would have to nap.
First, I put AK in her crib and left her to try and relax while I read LP a book and told her a story. Nor surprisingly, LP still wasn't sleeping. I told her that she could play quietly in her room during nap time and she agreed.
I then went into AK's room to settle her down.
A few minutes later I heard LP open her door and steal out of her room. I wasn't sure if she knew I was in AK's room and hoped that she wasn't looking for me. Fortunately, she wasn't. Instead I heard her walk to the bathroom, turn on the light, slide the door shut and use the potty. And then wash her hands. And then return to her room and shut the door. Quietly. Without even saying a word.
When I finally managed to put AK down, I crept down the stairs. A moment later, I heard LP's footsteps and thought, "Uh-oh..."
I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to report that she said, "Mommy, I am going to nap in my chair." I gave her the thumbs up. However, seconds later, she was back at the top of the stairs, "Mommy, when I close my door with my flat hands and not the handle, it doesn't close all the way." I let her know that she didn't have to close the door.
Now it is silent. And I am not complaining.