Thursday, February 24, 2011


Alex went all day yesterday wearing "big boy" underpants, and didn't have a single accident! Whahoo! Better yet, while he was watching Sesame Street before dinner, he actually stopped the show in the middle of a segment to go potty!

It's not over by any stretch, but the light at the end of the Diaper Tunnel is getting brighter!


Book club was fun last night. We'd read The Help by Katheryn Stockett, which was just a wonderful book. Touching and uplifting and funny and poignant. Of course, when we all agree on a book, we tend to discuss it less, and move on faster to talking about our kids.

And apparently, last night, we were all sporting the sense of humor of an 8-year-old boy, because the anecdotes we found funniest were all about body functions.

- One woman, attempting to educate her 9- and 10-year-old daughters about sex and reproduction in advance of the school's class, got them some books from the library, and sat them down for The Talk. She expected that they would be utterly mortified by the discussion, listen in embarrassed silence to what she said, and not really say anything themselves. So she was not prepared for: "Mom! Do people connect their butts?" "Can anyone connect butts?" "Do you and Dad connect butts?" "How often do you and Dad connect butts?" "When was the last time?"

- Another, who'd gotten a backyard trampoline for her kids, looked out the window one day to find her 8-year-old son peeing off the edge. She called him inside and demanded to know why; he said, "Because I had to go and couldn't make it to the house!" She told him that if he couldn't hold it long enough to get from the trampoline to the house, then he wasn't allowed outdoors anymore, and thought that was the end of it. A few days later, she saw her 10-year-old peeing off the edge... only the 7-year-old and the 4-year-old were still bouncing behind him, so his arc was shaped line a sine wave. She had real trouble stopping laughing long enough to read him the riot act.

- One 4-year-old asked her mother, "Mommy, did you pray to have babies?" She answered, "Yes, I prayed for babies." Then the 4-year-old continued, "Did you pray in the bedroom to get babies?" The mom thought, Well, there was an element of "Oh God, oh God, oh God!" at the time... This did not enable her to keep a straight face when the child said, "Where else did you pray?"

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