So here is that adorable one-month photograph that I neglected to take yesterday. I’ve decided on a theme: I’m going to take a picture that represents whatever new development or activity that month has brought us. As I mentioned in the earlier post, Archer is insanely fussy until he is swaddled, and then he sleeps soundly for at least a couple of hours.. So I took a picture of him swaddled in his swing. Isn’t he sweet?
Today has been an adventure front start to finish.
So, cleaning human feces that has been ground into the carpet, rubbed all over blankets, and smeared all over toys and books? Not how I like to start my day. Not even kinda.
Yes, Deven took a dump in his pull-up, and again, instead of alerting someone to it’s presence, he decided to take off his pull-up and have a painting party with it. Let me tell you, this has been, like, the third time in the last couple of weeks this has happened. Well, okay, one of those times Deven didn’t have his potty in his room, and wasn’t wearing a pull-up, and just kinda pulled his pants down and dropped a deuce right in the middle of the floor, so it’s not totally the same, but still. The kid’s been having a hard time understanding where we prefer our turds to land. (Unless M&Ms are involved. He will go on the potty for candy, and that’s about it.)
On the upside, I got to use a pressure-washing hose nozzle to clean shit off of a Texas flag blanket. There is always a silver lining.
I don’t think this is regressing, because he still hasn’t mastered the art of pooping on the potty yet. We are still dealing the mixture of successful potty attempts, morning-turds-in-the-pull-up, and, well, this. We’ve tried so many things to at least get him to keep it in his drawers if he does poop in his pull-up, but this has been such a challenge. I try to imagine what his train of thought must be leading up to this act. He’s a very habitual child who likes to repeat the same acts several times, I think it must go something like:
“I’m in my room! What do I do in my room? I know! I like to poop in here.”
“Okay, so that’s done. Now what do I do with all of this poop?”
“O YEAH! I play with it, and smear it all over EVERYTHING!”
“What, that’s what you do right?”
When he eats lunch, it’s the same thing every day, at nap time, it’s the same cartoon-themed fruit snack and the same Yo! Gabba Gabba DVD. At poop time, it’s the SAME RITUAL. Unless there is candy involved.
Moving on. (THANK GOD.) We came upon some money in the mail, and this was so the highlight of our week. We have been sticking to a very strict budget, and every single penny has been accounted for, and we’ve forfeited certain things, like fast-food, and you know, FUN. So this extra money, in CASH form, mind you, was a welcome surprise. We immediately decided we wanted to spend the bulk of it on our latest obsession. We went to Michaels and spent, like, 70% of the money on Perler beads and various supplies. Vance is busy making Super Mario coasters that he is hoping to sell on Etsy or Ebay or something. After spending that much of our mad money on tiny colored beads, he had better be looking to turn some kind of a profit from it.
The rest of the money went to take-out from Pluckers. It was delicious and so worth it. I can feel okay about going back to the tedium of the work week, and having to cook the same lame dinners every night, at least until Friday. Hopefully we’ll come upon more money and be able to go out to eat for my birthday. Hopefully.