This morning Elijah was having trouble settling down for a nap, I was trying to ingest some caffeine while calming him, and Toby asked me to read him a book. He used his big brown puppy dog eyes that said, "You know I've been neglected lately while you focus all your attention on Elijah." So I found myself bouncing up and down on a large red exercise ball with Elijah strapped in the baby carrier on my front and Toby sitting beside me in a chair. I held "The Cat in the Hat" in my right hand and alternately read a few sentences, then sipped from the coffee mug in my left hand (and it is tricky to sip coffee while bouncing up and down--I'm not allowed to break the rhythm or Elijah cries again).
When I got to the page where the Cat lists all the things he can hold up while bouncing on a ball I had to laugh. I was almost as talented as him. So I read to Toby:
Look at me.
Look at me.
Look at me now.
It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.
I can hold up a baby and a white coffee cup.
I can read from a book as I bounce down and up!
That caught even Naomi and Hannah's attention as they folded laundry. They laughed and I laughed. Tomorrow I will hold up the fish on a rake and fan with my tail, come by and be impressed!