Sunday, December 14, 2008

WOW! Girls are sooo different than boys!

OK. You all know that I have 3 boys. I have gotten used to dealing with boys and realized last night that I have no clue how to deal with girls! A friend of mine had a Christmas gathering to go to last night and did not have a sitter, her parents usually watch her kids for her but they were out of town for the weekend, so I agreed to watch Haley 7, and Zack 3 1/2. They are such good kids and had lots of fun with my boys. Well, when it came to bedtime I took them upstairs and put them in bed. Zack asked for something to drink, because he may get thirsty during the night. I explained to him that I did not have a cup for him to keep upstairs. He told me he knew I had cups and I told him that I didn't have one with a lid on it. He proclaimed that I needed to get 2 sippy cups for the next time he was here so that one could be washed while he was using the other one. I agreed that I would have them next time he stayed and he rolled over and went to sleep.
Haley on the other hand did not want to sleep in the same bed as her brother, so I explained that I did not have another bed and that she would need to sleep with him or in Braxton's bed and Braxton would sleep on the couch. She said that she would just stay in the bed with her brother. I thought that was the end of it and went downstairs to watch TV with Devin. In a few minutes I heard someone coming down the stairs and looked up to see Haley, tears streaming down her face proclaiming that she wanted her mommy and daddy, she missed them. I explained to her that mommy and daddy weren't home and the she could not go home tonight, she would have to go back to bed. She turned and went upstairs and again I thought that was the end of it until I heard the bathroom door close and Haley sobbing loudly. I went upstairs and talked to her again and had her to lay down again.
By now I was beginning to lose it, I had done everything I have always done with my boys and their friends that have stayed over and it had always worked in the past, what was I doing wrong? I called Robert exasperated and told him of my plight. He explained to me that girls are different, he has a daughter and remembers some of the drama from her childhood. He told me to see if she wanted to sleep in the papasan chair that is in the bedroom they were in and to console her a little bit and remind her that we had church in the morning and how much fun she would have. So I took his advice and went back upstairs.
When I walked into the room she was still crying, so I asked if she would like to sleep in the chair, to which she replied with a smile, yes and she climbed out of the bed. I laid the papsan chair down flat and it resembled a birds nest because the cushion is brown. I told her that it looked like a birds nest and she agreed and laughed. She climbed in the chair with her baby doll and I covered her with her blanket. Within 5 minutes she was sound asleep. When she got up this morning she declared to the boys that she got to sleep in the birds nest. We went to church and she was completely happy until her parents came and got her.
As much as I wanted girls I am now greatful to God that he gave me boys!

4 comments:

  1. I can completely relate - we have four girl nieces and it's a different world when we visit them than life at home with a boy.

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  2. Girls are very different--but so much fun. :o)

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