Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Well, this is new…


Our kids have always handled drop-offs well.  Daycare , preschool, child care at the gym, anything really.  So well, in fact, that they would try and tear themselves out of our arms to go in.  Which kinda makes you wonder.  I mean jeez kid, can you at least stop for a second to say goodbye? 

Sean is still that way today.  Meghan, however, has changed.  I don’t know what happened.  One day last week she started crying while we were getting ready for school.  And didn’t stop.  I had to drag her into the school while she was saying she didn’t want to go over and over again.  Her teacher had to carry her in the classroom.  Sooooo unlike her.  I asked her what was wrong.  Got nothing.  Went through a list of possibilities. No, no, no, no.  I took her temperature.  Nope, no fever.  So I thought maybe she was just having an off day.

The next day she broke down crying in the middle of dance class.  It was like someone flipped a switch.  All the girls were dancing in a circle and as Meghan came around towards the front her head was in her hands and she was crying.  And once again she was not able to tell me why.  Preschool drop-off was just as bad as the day before.  And yesterday she cried as soon as I took off her jacket at the gym’s child watch.

Not really sure what is going on.  Her teachers said she has been crying more in class.  There they are in a circle for their class meeting and in the middle of the meeting?  Tears.  But every breakdown only lasts a few minutes and then she is back to normal.  I know she is an emotional and very dramatic little girl but usually there is something that sets her off.  Even if it is something as minor as Sean messing up her puzzle.  But at least we knew why she was hysterical.  Now?  No clue.

My only guess is that she is tired.  I used to have to drag her out of bed at 9AM so we would make it to dance class on time.  But recently she has been waking not long after Sean (who wakes up too damn early).  Short trips in the car after school almost will almost always put her to sleep.  So is she exhausted?  We can’t really put her to bed any earlier.  And, other than passing out in the car, she refuses to nap.

She has preschool today and I am really hoping today goes better than the past few times.  Because leaving a screaming, crying, begging, pleading kid anywhere just sucks.