After the party-goers headed home to rest from all the activity, Charlie and his cousins, Taylor and Morgan, kept on grooving and played with each and every gift. His beautiful and vastly intelligent cousins showed us, I mean him, the ins and outs of all of his loot. And truthfully, I did benefit from their instructions. Around 5:00, Charlie finally settled into a brief nap. Daddy offered to lie down with him and “read;” when I later went to check on them, they were both sawing logs. Unfortunately, the snooze only lasted for about 45 minutes, and Charlie was at it with the toys again!
I tried to get back some routine and fed and bathed the boy. I even put him to bed at a reasonable hour. But around 8:30, thoughts of the super cool playhouse, play farm, ball popper, drum, etc. tempted Charlie out of bed. His wails DEMANDED he get up and play and play and play some more! We ended the evening around 10:00 when the look in his eyes told us that in fact, he was finally ready to go to sleep but would not do so until taken by force. I took him to his room and rocked him for, oh, about 2 seconds and he was off in la-la land dreaming of all the damage he could do tomorrow.
Thanks to everyone who came by to celebrate Charlie’s birthday! We are so glad that he has so many wonderful and generous people in his lives. Now, we’ve got to get back to all of those new toys!