Wednesday, January 09, 2008

A Few Random Things

I am working on a longer post, one with more of a point, but I do need to post a couple of important updates:

I bribed Luke today, which I try to avoid when possible. But it was for something very important. I told him that I would buy him a small Ben Ten action figure if he would let me try to pick the wax out of his ear. Seriously. But it is a really big ball of wax, and I have been resisting it for months now. Today it just became too much for me. And here is the real clincher, the real point at which you will understand my sickness: I had to walk the two miles to Target because my car is broken down. And I remembered this when I made the deal.

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Luke has a real talent for sniffing out weakness and social taboos. And then of course, working to explode it all. On Monday, I took the boys swimming by myself, and when we got out of the pool, the family locker room with the shower was occupied. Since Henry was shivering and blue, and since Luke gets excema if we don't shower him and moisturize him after chlorine exposure, I decided to break the rule and take Luke with me and Henry into the women's locker room. I didn't tell Luke the rule, that children of the opposite sex over the age of three aren't allowed in the main locker rooms with their parents. I simply told him to hop right into the first shower stall and not to come out, that I would be in the next stall with Henry. But, moments after Henry and I began to soap up, I heard in Luke's voice booming out at me, in that echoing way that can only happen in a locker room, "Mom, do girls have testicles? Mom? Mom? Do girls have testicles?"

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Henry now believes that sleep is a new and exciting game, and he is determined to be the winner. Every day, nap is a huge battle that has three possible results: I put him in the stroller and go for a walk, during which he finally passes out; he doesn't take a nap; or, I yell at at him enough that he finally stays in his bed and goes to sleep. And I should reiterate the fact that I am laying with him, patting his back while expecting him to go to sleep--it isn't like I have locked him into his room alone. For some reason, bedtime is fine, but then he wakes around 3-4 in the morning, and getting him to go back to sleep is very difficult. I am accustomed to waking up with one kid or another at 4:30 or 5 every morning. My body has adjusted. But I'm not doing any earlier. Contrary to what Henry may think, this is one game that I will win.

7 comments:

Beck said...

Our gym has a family changing room - anyone with kids can use it and I don't believe there's an age limit. I thought they were standard...
Ah, ear wax. My nemisis.

Sammy Conner said...

These are all so hilarious - I had some catching up to do. You even got Sam leughing on the poop story. I am so happy you are writing!!! Hooray!!! Yes, rejections are badges of honor. You are totally legit now.

Sammy Conner said...

Whoops, this is actually Bethany. :-)

marji said...

Ser,
Just a quick note to say I am so happy you blog and that you encouraged me to, too. I had a free minute a bit earlier in the day than ususal, so I went on my favorite electronic tour to the blogs of you and Jenny.
Both you and Jenny have been gone long enough now that I really miss bumping in to you for a chat or a funny re-tell. Thanks for posting!

marji said...

Ser,
Just a quick note to say I am so happy you blog and that you encouraged me to, too. I had a free minute a bit earlier in the day than ususal, so I went on my favorite electronic tour to the blogs of you and Jenny.
Both you and Jenny have been gone long enough now that I really miss bumping in to you for a chat or a funny re-tell. Thanks for posting!

Nancy said...

This is a really sad statement about my neighborhood, but my strongest thought is "You can walk a mile and get to a Target? I am so jealous!" They're putting one near us which I could bike to, but no way could I bike home with all the stuff...

I can totally picture Luke in the locker room. Apparently verbal clarity is the reason for the 3-year-old age limit, eh? :)

Ser said...

Well, it was actually two miles to Target and two miles home. But yes, I'm realizing that it is quite doable, except for the fact that a stretch of it isn't very nice. But I'm contemplating going without a car. I can walk to Luke's school, to the rec center, and to target and a grocery. But you are right, getting the loot home is the tricky part.