Ugh, I hate mornings with a passion. Not only because I am not at all a morning person, but mornings are so often when Poe decides to have a meltdown. This morning I knew it was going to be bad when he didn't want to get up. And I feel like a prize idiot because I let him stay up late last night; not excessively late but clearly too late for him. Anyway, he refused to get out of bed so after several minutes I had to pick him up and put him on his feet. Then it was another fifteen minutes of him head butting me, smacking my arms through the blanket around him, trying to shove me out of his way because he wanted to go back to bed, etc. He's been far worse and I could see that he was kinda trying to control himself but this is exactly the kind of behavior that the school cannot deal with. So I finally got him to get dressed and ti eat a little something, meanwhile Louisa May is trying to 'help' and I had to tell her to stop, which of course hurt her feelings. Then both kids waylaid me with book orders and Poe wants to join the school chess club. I'm trying to breathe and not lose it, the clock is ticking away and I have to go to work, they are just about late...ARGH! Then it's time for for Poe to get upset AGAIN when I tell him we'll talk about him joining the chess club after school ("THAT JUST MEANS NO!") He left with no major carnage and under his own power so I guess it's somewhat of a success? But I feel like I can't breathe and I'm crying, and on top of it all husband is being such a butthead that I slept in my daughter's room last night. Long story, maybe can get into later since I have to go to work. I know you all have been through much worse stress; how do you deal? And sending cyber hugs to anyone else who had a crappy morning.