Catherine, my three year old, has really been confused lately. Well, maybe confused is not the right word. You see, I suspect she thinks I’m the one who’s confused. I don’t think that she thinks she’s confused at all. Let me explain.
Catherine still takes naps. Apparently she sleeps very deeply during her naps, because when she wakes up, she thinks it is a new day. Some examples:
* When she walks into the living room after waking up from her nap, she says cheerfully, “Good morning, Mom!”
* She, of course, always eats breakfast after waking up in the morning. After she wakes up from her nap I give her a snack. She calls this breakfast as well, and if I forget to offer her a snack, she asks if she can have breakfast.
* After naptime, she refers to anything that happened that morning as “yesterday.”
* Occasionally she gets to “pass her nap” (her phrasing). Then sometimes at bedtime at night, she’ll ask to “pass her bedtime” and she cannot understand the difference.
* This afternoon, after her nap, she asked if we could go somewhere today. I told her we already did, we went to the doctor this morning. She stared at me for a moment with a “Mom’s an idiot” look on her face, and then slowly said, “Last night.” I said, “What?” She very slowly and deliberately said, “We went to the doctor last night, Mom.” She obviously thought I was losing my mind–of course we hadn’t been anywhere since she woke up.
The poor child is very confused, and no wonder she thinks it will take forever to finally get to her birthday. She’s living two days to our one!