Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Life as an 'I Love Lucy' Episode

I was joking about this with my mom the other day and she said, "That would make a great blog!"

Have you ever found yourself trapped in a comedy of errors? Or feel like this is something out of a t.v. show? I was cleaning house the other day when I found the pen Tom normally carries in his pocket. I was on the phone with my mother and I started saying, "Oh dear. If Tom notices he doesn't have this before he gets home he is going to think he lost his pen." I started describing the conversation we would have.

Suddenly it struck me: This is like that "I Love Lucy" episode where Ethel is eating breakfast with Lucy and Fred yells from the apartment below, "ETHEL! ETHEL!" Ethel looks at Lucy and says, "He thinks he lost his glasses. They are on his head. When I tell him they are on his head he will say, 'huh! If it was a snake it would have bit me'!" Sure enough Fred comes in and the whole scene plays out exactly how Ethel described.

While I was reminiscing about "I Love Lucy" it occurred to me that I have been living my own comedy of errors. Lulu still uses a pacifier to sleep... that is until a few days ago. I have been planning on weaning her from it this fall when the days are shorter and it is a little easier to get her to sleep at night. A few nights ago I was scrambling to find one when I heard Tom in the other room say to lulu, "Lulu, the pacifier went away! You are going to be a big girl now and sleep through the night without one!" He then proceeded her to bribe her to sleep without one. He promised her rewards for taking such a big step into being a big girl. His intentions were good but his communication before hand wasn't. Which is exactly what creates those hilarious debacles in "I Love Lucy."

I walked back in and looked at him like a deer in head lights. I decided to commit to Tom's promises and push through. I started sleep training Lulu. Over an hour later when she had finally fallen asleep I went up to Tom's office where he was working on his school work and explained exactly what he had done. I said, "This means two weeks of sleep training. Both night and nap training." I went through what all that entailed. He looked at me and said, "I guess I didn't think about the consequences." I laughed and said, "NO!"

We are stumbling through sleep training completely unprepared. Each night is a new adventure but if we laugh at ourselves the same way we laugh at "I Love Lucy" then life will never be dull!

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