"Seth," I whispered, feeling like a 5-year-old. "Are you awake??"
"Seth," I whispered in a sing-songy voice, feeling like a complete and childish idiot but desperate enough to persist. He'll be awake in minutes anyway, I thought, trying to justify what I was doing. "Are you awake?"
"Mommy?" he groaned groggily. "Is that you?"
"Yes, Seth," I said. "Are you awake?"
"I am now," he said, something that later made me laugh. "I'm still a wee bit sleepy though."
"I know you are, love," I continued. "But it's a good thing you're my morning bird! Wouldn't you like to play with Charlie for a while?" I held her out enticingly, using her adorableness to full advantage. I was practically begging. "Sure you would," I continued.
"I guess so, sure," he replied with a croaky voice. Ever loyal Seth, willing to sacrifice for one he loves (in this case, both Charlie and me)...thank goodness...I was counting on that this morning. One of Seth's eyes opened to look at me and Charlie. My guilt was overcome with relief. His other eye opened. Slowly he got to his feet and yawned.
"She needs to go out to do her business first, Seth," I announced as I handed the puppy to him. "And you'll need to do that first before getting dressed - she needs to pee now. Thanks Seth. I'll be down in a while."
I left him with the puppy and practically ran back to bed. I didn't sleep any more but whew...just a wee little longer to rest before starting the day.