Last night, we got to see the Harlem Globetrotters in action, up close and personal. VERY up close. When your Grandpa announced that he had gotten tickets to the show (game?) for the whole family, I didn't realize they were court side seats! Of course, me being me, I fretted all week about the interruption to our nightly routine, the late bed time, and the potential for over-stimulation with all of the lights, noise, and action. I worried about the logistics of the whole evening, since I had agreed to cover a group for a co-worker which lasted until 7:30. The big event started at 7:00.
I was certain you'd start melting down and that by the time I got there, I'd have to turn around to bring you home. I considered packing pajamas and a night-time diaper and was prepared to leave one of our vehicles behind overnight so I could nurse you on the way home with the boob-dangle technique that I've perfected after our road trip experiences. Ultimately, we decided to just go with the flow and see what happened.
As usual, you handled the new experience remarkably well. When I arrived, you were happily bouncing between your father, grandparents, aunt, and uncles; clapping and cheering along with the crowd. Our seats were right behind the basket, but being so close to all of the action didn't seem to phase you a bit. You had a blast. We all had a blast! My only regret is that I wasn't able to be there with the rest of you from the beginning, but I'm glad to hear second hand how excited you were as the show got started.
To my surprise, you lasted until the end, having fun the entire time. It took you a while to wind down, which is to be expected, but even though your bed time ended up being a good two hours later than normal, there was no melt-down. It certainly didn't stop you from being up and at 'em at your usual 7:30 am!
As you grow, I need to loosen up a bit about changing up our routine and delaying your bed time for special occasions. You are proving to be a very resilient and adaptable little girl, and the fun we had as a big family was well worth the slight inconvenience of a baby up past her bed time!