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I'd already had a rough day. I was feeling anti-social but couldn't turn away our friends for game night since I'd done that already, several times. A dozen is several, right? They'd be hurt if I turned them away yet again. On top of that, Lois, my 19 month old adorable little girl, was sick. I'd been just grumpy all day and wanted nothing more than to sit in a chair and grump while playing online or maybe working around the house.

Game night was over, now. It had gone about as I expected with the mood I had been in and I was feeling even more annoyed at the world around me. All I wanted was to go to bed, sleep until the next morning, and start a new day fresh and maybe in a good mood.

Lois cried. She sneezed. She coughed. She was miserable. The poor girl couldn't breathe well and she was miserable. She made sure we knew it. All night. All. Night.

It was about three in the morning. My amazing Laura, the woman I love, had gotten up several times in the night in place of me, knowing I had had a miserable day and trying to make my night better. I got up too because it's a partnership and because I knew she needed sleep. We were both miserable. We were all miserable.

Lois was crying, coughing, and sneezing. We gave her some medicine to make her feel better. The coughing stopped after a while. The crying abated after a long while. The sneezing.

The sneezing.

At three in the morning, maybe four, I woke up to a strange sound. I listened carefully.

"Ah-choo!"

I quirked an eyebrow. Something was weird about that.

"Ah-ah-ah-choo?"

I shook my head. There was definitely a question mark on that sneeze.

"AH-CHOOOOOO!"

I looked at Laura who was also awake. We were both frustrated, tired, and miserable but we both shook our heads and started laughing. We couldn't help it.

The medicine had worked: She wasn't sneezing. She was standing at the edge of her crib nearest the door, looking out, saying "Ah-ah-ah-choo" as loud as she could, just to get our attention.

My daughter is trouble. We're in so much trouble.

Date: 2014-03-17 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baxaphobia.livejournal.com
hahahahah. Too cute!

Date: 2014-03-17 03:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] x-disturbed-x.livejournal.com
This is adorable but yes. You are in so much trouble. :P

Date: 2014-03-17 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
Oh how I have been there! lol

Date: 2014-03-17 05:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
I read that to Julie and she gave me A Look.

I hope that when she uses the same look on our children it works...

Date: 2014-03-17 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfargo.livejournal.com
Oh, yeah, sure. It'll definitely work. Yup. Promise. Kids pay attention to Looks. Uh-huh.

I'm not sure if the sarcasm is coming through enough here. ;)

Date: 2014-03-17 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] solstice-singer.livejournal.com
Lol. It does seem like trouble is headed your way.

Date: 2014-03-17 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akdidge.livejournal.com
Wait until the stalling (to go to bed) happens. Our son was hiding his monkey slippers (which I've affectionately call Eek and Ook) which are just the right size for him as mini-stuffed animals right before we gave him his bottle because he knew after the bottle was bedtime. With his vocabulary now he will cycle through every option (and thats a lot) that will prolong his bedtime. Some we don't mind (like asking for his teeth to brushed...again and again), but others...well, let's just say I'd hate to be wrong if he is genuinely asking to go poop before bed and his mother and I ignore it.

Trouble starts with T; just like Toddler. 😉

Date: 2014-03-17 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penpusher.livejournal.com
Quick study!

Date: 2014-03-17 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labelleizzy.livejournal.com
sharing this with a friend (and parent of young children), who will love it.

=D

Date: 2014-03-18 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kandigurl.livejournal.com
Aw, this is adorable. I love the care you have for your family. :)

Date: 2014-03-18 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenandbronze.livejournal.com
LOL!!!!!!!!! At least you were able to figure out the difference between a real sneeze and a fake one... Yep, big trouble alright... my sister's daughter is a smart cookie (will be one in May), and they are going to be in just in trouble like your daughter *grin*

Date: 2014-03-18 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itsjustc.livejournal.com
This is a really lovely read.

You are in so much trouble!

Date: 2014-03-18 09:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tsuki-no-bara.livejournal.com
you guys are screwed. good thing your kid is so cute. (because seriously, this story is adorable.)

Date: 2014-03-18 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jem0000000.livejournal.com
Awwww! :) I expect it was nowhere near as adorable for you.

Date: 2014-03-19 12:09 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shay-writes.livejournal.com
*giggles*

I loved this!

Date: 2014-03-19 01:38 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] goldmourn.livejournal.com
Your post made me smile! Yep, you two are in for some trouble! That was sweet though.

Date: 2014-03-19 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] n3m3sis43.livejournal.com
The way you described your attitude toward socializing? I don't know if it is because I am a mega-introvert and also somewhat depressive, but ever since I've had a child that is mostly my attitude toward socializing.

And yes, you are in trouble. I have a three year old. Just wait, dude.

Date: 2014-03-19 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfargo.livejournal.com
There are days when my introversion is definitely at the fore of my mind and that day was one of them. I would be happy being locked away in a room for a month or two at a time without going out and seeing anyone but after that I'd want to see someone for a little while.

I'm both looking forward to and NOT looking forward to whatever is to come in the next many many years with my daughter. :)

Date: 2014-03-19 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] n3m3sis43.livejournal.com
I work from home all the time. I do not miss seeing people every day. My husband and my son are people. That's enough people, unless I feel like making social plans. :)

Date: 2014-03-19 11:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfargo.livejournal.com
My wife and daughter don't really count as people for me, so that's nice. I think my wife doesn't count as people because we're both introverts and are completely happy to just be in the same room together, doing our own thing. There's another friend we have who doesn't count as people to either of us so we hang out with her as often as she wants to get together.

Everyone else, though, can stay away until we're ready to hang out with them. :)

Date: 2014-03-19 12:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] n3m3sis43.livejournal.com
My son mostly doesn't count as a "people" in the sense of introvert overload, unless he's being suuuuuper high-maintenance when I'm already overloaded. My husband counts as a "people" because he is significantly more extroverted than I am.

Date: 2014-03-20 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatdatcm.livejournal.com
How adorable! You've got one smart cookie on your hands there, and yes, I think you are in trouble. :)

Date: 2014-03-20 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfshellvenus.livejournal.com
Uh-oh! She already knows how to bring you running. Still, it makes for a great story. :)

Date: 2014-03-20 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-17bingo.livejournal.com

"Ah-choo!"

I just guffawed in a really crowded coffee shop. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] jfargo. Thanks a lot.

(P.S. Nice to meet you, Jeremiah. My name is Jeremiah.)

Date: 2014-03-20 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snarkerdoodle.livejournal.com
That is just too adorable, lol. She's gonna be quite a handful, yes. ;)

Date: 2014-03-20 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roina-arwen.livejournal.com
So cute! You're going to be in for it when she's a teenager, I'll bet. ;)

Date: 2014-03-20 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamsreflected.livejournal.com
she sounds adorable!!! I have definitely had that parenting moment where you have to laugh because it's funny and because you're so frustrated and then they do something cute and you just, sigh and melt and shake your head.

Date: 2014-03-20 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheshire23.livejournal.com
D'awwwwwwwww. :)

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