Friday morning I took Alex to get his two year pictures. It’s a month early, but I want to send them in the Christmas cards this year. Anyway, the night before we went to Bill & Olya’s house for dinner and to just hang out, as we do every other Thursday. The opposite Thursday they come to our place. So as usual, Alex did not want to go to bed. Having forgotten about the potential impact to the following day, we let him stay up until we left at 9:30pm. Expecting him to sleep in as he often does after a trip to Bill & Olya’s, Alex instead was up at 7am. So after going to sleep more than two hours after his regular bedtime, he was up only a half-hour later than usual. By the time we were heading out, at 9:30am, he was already rubbing his eyes. First signal that things were not going to go well.
We picked up my friend Alicia, who was going to walk around JCPenney’s afterwards with Alex while I waited for them to process the pictures and decide what to buy. When we got to JCPenney’s, Alex wanted out of the stroller, as he usually does after the stroller stops moving. I picked him up and he put his head on my shoulder. I thought I had the first appointment of the day and they couldn’t possibly be running behind at that point, but it turns out that because of special holiday hours, they opened an hour earlier. So of course they were running about 15 minutes late already. Finally, they called us back and we got started. It was immediately evident that it was not going to go well. Alex didn’t want to let go of me. We finally got him to sit still for a minute, but it was a fight for the entire 15 minutes we were back there. She managed to get a couple of OK shots, and did manage to get one good one of him smiling towards the end.
Fortunately for us, we won’t have to try this again for a year, so hopefully things will go better next time. Look for a smiling Alex in your Christmas cards. 🙂