The Underpants Gnome.
While Deven was at school today, I made a trip to Target, and among the things I decided to pick up were a couple of packs of boy’s underwear. I left them out intentionally, sort of as a way of showing Deven that, yes, we know he’s still here and needs things too. We’ve been buying so many things for the upcoming new addition, and every time we goes near them, all he hears is “No! Don’t mess those things up! They’re for the baby!”
So, when he heard “they’re for Deven!” this is what happened. Underpants on the head, underpants over his jeans (though you can’t really tell in the picture.)
So, the reason why I bought the underpants for the child is due to a letter I received in his school folder the other day. I usually get letters about upcoming fundraisers, or classroom reports, or artwork Deven made during that week in the folder. Those things are indeed exciting, but nothing, I mean nothing compares to the glory of the letter I received on that day.
The week before spring break, the PPCD program will be holding a “potty training boot camp.” During that week, I am to bring Deven to school in underpants and they will focus most of the day’s energy on trying to get him to go on the potty. I just about died.
Of course this doesn’t mean that all the work will be done there, and after a week I will have a freshly diaper-less kid. He’s going to come home and we’re going to have to continue this process throughout the day, possibly for several weeks at a time. Doesn’t sound like fun considering I am beginning to lose my mind due to hormones and lack of sleep caused by pregnancy. This is still the biggest help I could have possibly asked for. These are people who are well-versed in the workings of challenged kids, and have probably potty-trained hundreds of kids of all capabilities. As I have said in the past, I know my kid is ready and capable, I just don’t know what the hell to do. Now I know that not only are my potty-training attempts going to be supported by his school, but they could possibly be the ones guiding the process.
I am so excited. I could seriously hug the shit out of my kid’s teacher tomorrow.
So after a busy day full of strenuous physical activity, you’ll never guess how I am feeling right now. That’s right! Tired. Pooped. Can barely keep my eyes open. I’m also not feeling too hot right now, so I’m going to keep this one short and to the point.
We gathered a van and part-of-a-truck-bed full of stuff to take to Goodwill. We cleaned more trash out of the garage, and now there is some empty space we can look forward to further cleaning and organizing. Mind you, there is still a lot to be emptied, but it’s a lot better, and I don’t feel quite as overwhelmed when I think about the condition of the garage.
We hung wall shelves in Deven’s room that he already wants to decorate himself. The baby’s crib is also set up in the room. I still need to wash the sheets and blankets before I set everything up. I know it seems kind of early to be doing this (but not– 7 WEEKS! ) but I figured this was better than suddenly introducing all of these changes to Deven’s space a week before the baby comes home. This way, he can get used to the idea of sharing his space. I tried beforehand explaining what was going to be happening when we set up the crib, and how he was going to be sharing his space with his brother, but Vance stopped me by pointing out that he is three, and there really isn’t much point in trying to explain this. At least not in one sitting. He’ll get it over time, I’m sure. I hope.
Okay, I am not feeling well at all and am going to head off to bed. I promise I’ll post more details, and maybe even pictures tomorrow.
Okay, so, we did stuff today. SO MUCH STUFF.
We bought stuff! New wall shelves for the bedrooms, a lamp for the corner table in the living room, 2 spice racks to go above the stove! It was not in the plan to spend any money today, or even go anywhere, but we did. Mother In Law is in town watching (really, distracting) the child so that we can move some mountains around. And some mountains we did indeed move.
We FINALLY moved the art table into the other bedroom. We cleaned up our bedroom and moved the baby stuff over. We hung pictures. Fixed our bed back up with clean sheets and comforters. Vacuumed floors. We discovered boxes full of clothes we may want to go through before we send them off to Goodwill tomorrow.
We did a shit ton today, but there is still more to do. So much more to do.
Tomorrow is another day. I will update you further at night fall.