I’ll tell you where it goes. It goes all over the ENTIRE floor,on the bookshelf, on everything on the bookshelf, on the wall behind the bookshelf, under the fridge, on the fridge and over the fridge. It even does a physically impossible left hand turn and lands on the wall behind the fridge.
How does this all happen? Like this…
I don’t have the best hands in the world. I have arthritis so in the winter and on cold, rainy days (there have been many of those lately) my fingers are usually swollen like caveman clubs and I have very limited fine motor skills. (Ask my mother to recall the time I tried to hem my sister’s pants when I visited a few years ago. The whole caper of trying to first pick the needle up off the table and then manouver it around was a complete hoot to her. I have to admit, it was pretty comical.)
The other little piece of history that’s relevant to this story is the fact that when both children wake up at the same time in our house – it’s basically pandemonium. There’s no two ways about it. It’s just a bad scenario. Our little man usually wakes up first. And it’s usually at some riduculous hour – like 5:30am. He stays in his bed until one of us goes to get him but the price of that little piece of ‘I’ll just rub the sleep out of my eyes and maybe go to relieve myself’ is listening to him yell “farm” at the top of his lungs until we do. (“Farm” is his current favorite DVD.) We usually try to keep him in there until at least 6am when we’ve deemed it ‘okay’ to get up but depending on how loudly he’s calling, one of us might get him up sooner just so he doesn’t wake up the beautiful girl. And of course, most days he’s either soaking wet or has poo E V E R Y W H E R E. And I wish I were exagerating. He’s got a ‘hands down his pants’ thing going on right now and that’s how it gets everywhere. Gross beyond words and not something I really want to elaborate on. I’m sure your imagination can sort it out.
Our beautiful girl is now 16 months old and started walking about 2 weeks ago. Needless to say she’s like a whole packet of mexican jumping beans if she’s awake. She’s got more energy than I knew a human could have. It’s amazing to watch her. That being said, when she wakes up in the morning she’s not happy to sit there and play for a while anymore. She basically wakes up, rolls over, sits up, then stands up and starts yelling for someone to come and get her so she can begin the dance of the day.
So, this morning at 5:45 I hear the little man start stirring in the monitor next to my ear. I roll over and think to myself, “Great. I’ve got 15 minutes to take a shower.”. (Taking a shower before the kids are awake is a huge treat for me.) So, I drag my still half asleep self into the freezing cold and gratefully step into the hot shower. Fifteen minutes later I’ve got my little man standing in front of the tv (the easiest place to change him) with poo all over his hands, my beautiful girl screaming her head off and Daddy nowhere to be found (but probably where most men are first thing in the morning). *sigh*
As my anxiety level starts to rise I try to will my body to grow about 5 extra hands so I can get the dirty pj’s off the little man while wiping his hands with sanitizing wipes and trying to keep him from touching anything until he’s clean. Way easier said than done. My beautiful girl is trying her hardest to convey that she’s totally over being in bed and wants out NOW. This is actually what causes me to be anxious. I know in my head that she’s safe and that everything is okay but let’s face it, it’s cold here right now and still dark in the morning and she can hear that life is going on in the warm light that she can see under her door. I wouldn’t want to be there either.
Thankfully, Daddy appears. (My hero.) He offers to finish the gross job that I’ve got going on but since I’m already up to my elbows in it I ask him to get the beautiful girl instead. (I can almost hear the relief that I see in his eyes and it makes me smile a bit.) I hear them talking and playing and saying their yummy little good mornings to each other in the background and my anxiety almost instantly vanishes. I can take my time with the little man now and not be the cranky mummy that comes along with anxiety. We start to play a little game while I’m wiping his hands and then come those gorgeous little giggles that only the two of us share. I start to get the feeling that the morning will be okay. Whew.
And then… (isn’t there always one of those?)… he brings the beautiful girl out and she starts to scream immediately because I’m busy and can’t hug her good morning RIGHT NOW! Holy cow. How can a house be so full of noise before 6:30? There are tears and gentle admonishments that this is all a bit silly because mummy is right there and will hug her in just a minute when she’s finished with her big brother. Nope – nothing. Not even a dummy (pacifier) will do the trick.
I finally finish what I’m doing, get the dirty clothes in the washer, wash my hands and can give her a hug. Instant smiles. Dad just chucks her on the chin, kisses her and heads into the shower to get ready for his day.
Order is restored. Again.
Things go well for a while. Daddy gets off to work, the kids and I dance and sing to some Hi-5 and of course, the favorite “farm” DVD. We’re happy and warm and enjoying each other’s company. I get my girl into her chair with some toast and fruit and make the complicated breakfast that belongs to my little guy. It’s only complicated because any form of change is unacceptable to him (one of his ‘isms’ and something a lot of DS and parents of autistic children deal with) and I’m currently trying to do just that. Change what he eats for breakfast.
Anyway, I get it sorted and made, everyone is happy and I’m doing a happy little dance and singing a happy little song on my way over to him with bowl in hand. In the hand that is now starting to cramp up and seize (but I’m just ingnoring like I usually do). Everyone’s laughing because Mummy is being so silly. It’s great. And then it happens. I drop the bowl of oatmeal. From almost above my head. And of course, it lands upside down. Everyone stops laughing and just looks at me wondering what’s going to happen next. My beautiful girls says, “uh-oh”, my little man looks at her and then I see the smile slowly spread across his face and the giggle start to bubble up. And so the oatmeal goes…
It’s going to be a good, fun day. For real. I can already hear the laughter that’s in store for us today.