Thursday, November 5, 2009
Now my point... because I usually get around to one...
Urban Kid 1 is now 6yo. Therefore, she is old enough now that we don't have to be concerned about her trips to the bathroom at night. She used to come to our doorway and whisper as loudly as one can while still whispering, "I have to go to the bathroom!" Since Urban Dad's side is closer, he would gallantly leap out of bed and escort her to her task.
Now that she no longer needs even an escort, she just goes in on her own. Somewhere in my sub-conscious, I hear the clunk of the lid flipping up, then check back out until the ker-flush at the end, followed by a loud plunk of the lid flipping back down and the squirt of hand sanitizer.
So I gently suggested to Urban Kid 1 that just in the middle of the night, she could skip the ker-flush and head quietly back to bed like a big girl does. She adamently nodded her head in all of her First Born eagerness to please and all excited to do just as a big girl does.
Fast forward to the next time she has a nocturnal call of nature:
I hear the clunk of the lid flipping up and fade back to sleep. Next is the clunk of the lid flipping down and squirt of the hand sanitizer. I'm fading from semi-conscious back into dead asleep during the moments of silence after this. Little did I know that Urban Kid 1 did not go straight back to her bedroom. She was hovering in our doorway, taking a deep breath before announcing in her loudest possible whisper that isn't really that much of a whisper:
"I didn't flush the toilet because I didn't want to wake anyone up!!!"
This has gone on for months now.
I want to point out the lack of logic of the announcement, but Urban Dad keeps holding me back.
"She's trying to be nice. It's sweet!"
"But she's waking us up!"
"So what? It's cute."
"Not as cute as me sleeping."
And so we go on.
I'm often warned about wishing these years away. I certainly see the charm in them, don't get me wrong. Lord knows that I'm aware that in about ten years both of the Urban Kids could very well hate me.
But I'm also kind of looking forward to a time when I am only concerned with my own trips to the bathroom!