January 19, 2006

The Boy Child and the potty

The Viking Bride (who, by the way, very much appreciates all of the kind birthday wishes you all left her!) told me about an interaction she had with the Boy Child that, I felt, cried out for memorialization. The BC, you see, has become quite the poopy afficionado. He has come to realize that the act of pooping creates a reward. As he has a sweet tooth the size of the Empire State Building, a piece of candy is a huge motivating force for him. The Girl Child is his biggest cheerleader as she also gets rewarded for his hard work. Can't leave one of them out on the candy distribution. She will usually accompany him, at his request, and she gets down to potty level to peer intently at his tuchus to cheer at the first appearance of the poopy. "Yay, BC!", you will hear ring through out the house.

The BC has the exchange rate down cold. "Me poop on potty, me get marzipan". He regularly checks this fundamental point with us as if to make sure there have been no changes in circumstances, no problems on our end he should be aware of.

But a problem on his end, well, that was the subject of the conversation he had with my wife.

As she reported to me, they were in the potty together, the Boy Child perched on the seat:

BC: Mamma, poopy no come out!

BC: [Leans forward to look between his legs, speaks very angrily and with great command in his tone] Poopy! Me need you come OUT!!

[Waits a beat and yells at his bottom] COME ON, POOPY!!!

I believe that, at the end, the poopy listened and the marzipan was distributed.

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By the way, we are once again without power and once again bunking in with the wife's inlaws. Who knew that Connecticut and Bangladesh had so much in common?

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Posted by: Amber at January 19, 2006 03:47 PM

Absolutely Fabulous.

Of course now everybody in my office is wondering why I'm laughing like a lunatic.

Posted by: phin at January 19, 2006 03:52 PM

Too, too funny! Laughed so hard I had to share with folks in the office - much amusement ensued.

Posted by: grammarqueen at January 19, 2006 04:32 PM


I almost died laughing, oh and belated birthday wishes to your wife, RP.

Posted by: Oorgo at January 19, 2006 06:58 PM

OMG...I'm still laughing, and will be forwarding a link to this post on to my "mommy group." Since our kidlets are all in the 16 month range, this is very, very soon to come. Start, at least.

Glad to know everything came out okay in the end (groan).

Posted by: Allison at January 19, 2006 10:23 PM

Have you thought of marketing marzipan as the next irregularity wonder "drug". I'd go regularly if I were rewarded with marzipan too. Ok, maybe TMI.....

Posted by: Wicked H at January 20, 2006 10:35 AM

Me need you come OUT!!

If it only worked that way for adults.

BTW - I thought sure I responded to the VB birthday post. I swear the Internet disintegrates some of my typing. Anyway, many happy belated birthday wishes.

Posted by: Linda at January 21, 2006 11:52 AM

As a reward for my grandson we do the "Happy Potty Dance". All the kids get involved (we have 4 between 1 and 6) so it's quite the celebration and (most importantly!) there's no sugar needed!

Posted by: Mary at June 25, 2006 06:48 PM
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