The Tragic Death of Juicy.
Sometimes I wonder what the neighbors must think is going on over here.
We had all of the windows open this morning, and Rosie ended up throwing a(nother) giant tantrum.
It all started out wrong. We didn’t get time to clean up the house before bed like Rosie and I usually do, so I woke up to a mess. I feel anxious when my house is messy, I don’t know why. I just do. Waking up to a mess is like getting up on the wrong side of the bed.
I asked Rosie if she would help me clean up and she refused. Partially my fault for wanting us to clean up before breakfast, I’ll admit. It would have only taken 10 minutes though.
So I forced her to carry a few toys to her room. While she was in her room I turned on some quiet music. (Iron and Wine.)
Rosie yelled, “NO MUSIC!” Suddenly I heard this loud noise and Rosie began frantically screaming, then she started yelling, “I’m so sorry! I’m so so sorry Momma!” Over and over.
Insert a big sigh here. What now!?
Rosie had this cup my mother in-law gave her a few years ago. She loves this cup. It’s got some kind of gel in it that’s orange, intended to be frozen so it keeps your drink really cold. Rosie just plays with it. Lately she has been carrying the cup around constantly, sleeping with it, buckling it in the car, taking it in the shower. She named it Juicy. She’s four years old, she can name a cup if she wants.
When I went down the hall to see what had happened in her room I found a disaster scene. Apparently Rosie was in such a bad mood that she threw Juicy the Cup as hard as she could onto the wood floor. Juicy the Cup exploded, spraying orange gel far and wide, including all over Rosie’s clean dress, on Rosie’s face, on the wall, on the shelves, and spread across the floor.
You have to know that Rosie freaks out if she gets her dresses wet or dirty. She also doesn’t like it when her room gets dirty. Not only did both of these things happen, she also broke her favorite thing.
She was hysterically upset.
I had no idea how to proceed. A mixture of comforting her and pointing out she shouldn’t have lost her temper and been so grumpy? I don’t know. I still don’t know.
Anyway, I got to spend the first half an hour of my day mopping up orange mystery gel from every nook and cranny of the play room.
While I was doing that Rosie was sobbing and hyperventilating. She kept screaming, at the top of her lungs, “I KILLED MY BABYYYYYYYYYYYYY!”
Honestly, I would not have been surprised if the police showed up. I wouldn’t be surprised if CPS visits us tomorrow.
Rosie screamed that she killed her baby for TWO SOLID HOURS. Seriously.
I guess she learned to never lose her temper and throw things. I doubt she’ll forget the result.
To be honest I feel sad for her rather than angry. She loved that cup and I know she never imagined it would explode.
Since Tyler has been working all the time, we haven’t really seen him at all this week. The last time he spent a moment with Rosie was Sunday. I know that’s hard for her.
There is a direct correlation between her behavior and Tyler’s working hours per week. The more he works, the more over sensitive Rosie seems.
Today she saw him putting on his shoes and she said, “You aren’t going to work again are you?” He told her he has to go and she whispered, “I am very, very angry at you.” Then she went and sat down and stared at the wall.
Tomorrow will be a better day. Tyler doesn’t have to work because it’s Saturday. The weather is supposed to be warm. My house is totally as clean as it will get while we’re living in it. My laundry is 99% done, folded, and put away. I only have a few dishes in the sink. No worries for tomorrow!
I discovered this wonderful app for the iPhone called HomeRoutine. The app has exactly what I put in my home organization binder–a clean list for each day, one with morning goals and one with afternoon goals. A to-do list for the week. Notes for each day. Re-occurring weekly tasks. Your home divided up into zones and a 15 minute timer built in so you can speed clean each zone, one for each day, for 15 minutes. The check list gives you gold stars for completing tasks. Who doesn’t like earning a gold star?
I love this app. I highly recommend it.