I am floating in my thoughts, nearly asleep, when I realize I haven’t done Last Check on Violet.
Last Check: one final peep at my daughter and son before I go to bed. Absolutely crucial with toddlers. You never know where you might find them. Hanging precariously off the bed, tangled in bedding, laying in pee, playing under their bed…
As anyone who has ever had any kind of interaction with a toddler knows, it only takes seconds for them to wreak absolute havoc. Last time I fell asleep and missed Last Check I found a bunch of stuff smeared all over the bathroom wall. And it wasn’t marker. Oh how I wish it was marker.
I suspect there are Last Checks and Last, Last Checks and Last, Last, Last Checks being performed nightly in the homes of most folks with toddlers to make sure, at the very least, that the kid is A) Actually in the bedroom (not roving around the backyard) and B) in a comfortable position (not curled up in the laundry basket in the closet.)
Rarely have I performed a Last Check that could’ve been avoided. Meaning, there’s always something that needs adjusting. Whether it’s just smoothing sweaty curls off sweet foreheads or completely taking apart beds, giving baths and changing pajamas, Last Check is always needed.
So even though I want nothing more than to snuggle deeper into my bed and pull my quilt a tighter around my exhausted body, I heave a tired sigh, roll out of bed and stumble to Violet’s room for a look-see.
Except, as you’re about to see, there was nothing for me to see.
Violet was gone.
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