Boy o' boy, was I in trouble with Ethan tonight.
He was super tired, and so was his cousin Grayson... so my sister and I came upstairs to put them to bed.
I told Ethan to put on his jams and to come into my room when he was done. I then proceeded to go to my bathroom to wash my face and brush my teeth.
I came out of the bathroom and no Ethan. I walked into his bedroom and no Ethan. I poke my head into the room Yaso is staying in with the kids and called out for Ethan. I don't see anyone. I called out for him a few times... then began to head down the stairs to look for him when I heard:
Grayson: Chiiiinnnnnoooooo! Chinnnnoooooo! I'm here!
I turned around and came back up the stairs.
Me: Ethan? Grayson?
Grayson: I'm herrrrrrreeee!
Me: Whose here?
Grayson: It's meeee Chinnnooooo!
I look around and finally find the source. Grayson is in his bed, smiling at me.
Me: Grayson! I didn't see you there!
I walk in and snuggle next to him.
Me: Where is Ethan?
Grayson: I don't know Chino.
Me: Hmmmm.... (pause). Do you still love Fargo?
Grayson: Yes. (giggle).
Me: Hmmmmm.... Do you want to stay in Fargo?
Grayson: Actually... I need to go home because I miss Rudy (their black lab).
Me: Oh. Of course. But do you want to come back to Fargo again?
Grayson: Actually... I need to go home because it is my mom's birthday and then my birthday.
His mother's birthday is in April and his is in May.
Me: Oh yes. You don't want to miss that.
Grayson: But I want you to come to my birthday.
Me: Oh - we really want to come to your birthday like we did last year. We had so much fun at your house in Florida last year.
He nods in agreement.
I start tickling and kissing him and out of the corner of my eye... I see him.
He is standing at the doorway with his lower lip sticking out far enough for a bird to poop on it.
Me: Ethan! Where were you!? I was waiting for your to get dressed and I couldn't find you!
He continues staring at me, lower lip still sticking out.
Me: Ethan. Really. I was all ready to put you to bed and you weren't in my room. I looked for you all over and I couldn't find you. Go put on your jams so I can put you to bed.
Ethan: (grunts. Still doesn't move).
Me: Ethan. Mommy is saying goodnight to Grayson. They will only be here one more day. Now put on you jams so you and I can snuggle.
Why do I find myself feeling like I've been caught red-handed? Is it the grunts? The lower lip? The fact my baby has caught me with someone else's baby treating him like my baby?
Ethan grunts and slowly moves away from the door until he disappears.
A few moments later, he appears in the doorway again with his undies on. I give Grayson one last kiss, jump up and lead Ethan into my room.
Me: Ethan. Are you upset about something?
Ethan: No! (loudly).
Me: Oh! Of course not. You are just crabby.
Ethan: No I'm not! I'm not crabby!
Me: Oh sure. No. You are not crabby.
Me: So why do you look so angry.
Ethan: I'm not angry!
Me: Oh. Okay - you are not angry.
I tuck him under my covers and wrap my arms around him.
Me: (whispering) You know Ethan? You will always be mommy's baby.
Ethan: (whispering) Okay.
Ethan: I love you mom.