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Ridiculous and the sublime

Yesterday I managed to pee with grim determination while my howling, wailing son clung to my leg with equal resolve and I still cannot work out whether I should chalk it up as a victory or a new personal low.

Matei's general attitude of caring towards the baby, intermittently gets interrupted by bleaker incidents like so:

1) During bathtime, both are in the same tub. M is splashing around and the baby is sitting in a special little chair.
M:"Let us fill the bath with more water!"
N: We can't because the baby will drown.
M: I want the baby to drown, and to not have a sister anymore and to be able to take baths by myself in lots of water!

2)N: Don't break the baby's toys.
M: But I want to because I am angry at her, because I want mummy and daddy and grandma and grandpa to love only me.

3)Tonight, all three of us are in bed. I am feeding the baby and reading M a bedtime story. He holds up a pillow and says musingly: "Let's suffocate the baby!"

I am also not sure what wronger - his attitude or the fact that my first reaction to the above was to think "Wow! He is so articulate in his impulses of homicidal jealousy", but there we have it.

I am tired to the bone.


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Oct. 2nd, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking "gosh, he's very emotionally articulate! Let's hope he hangs onto that quality!"

But, you know, hopefully while losing the urge to do away with his sister, although I am sure it's a perfectly natural urge.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, I should probably be telling him to enjoy it while he can - soon his homicidal musings will no longer be fodder for parental amusement.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
He'll turn into a man and will still have the homicidal musings, but will not be aware of his own motivations for them. The tragedy of manliness!
Oct. 2nd, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Poor mens, having their homicidal urges crushed by this feminist society when in the good old days they could have just done away with sisters for sport!
Oct. 2nd, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
In the old days you would have had to HIDE his sister for at least 20 years, lest he notice her and unleash his manly rage!
Oct. 2nd, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
He'll turn into a man and will still have the homicidal musings, but will not be aware of his own motivations for them.

Sounds like Tory fodder actually. Must...not...hate...family. Will...hate...the...Poor.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
I am one of them, and I still have a hard time liking The Poor.
Oct. 3rd, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Well, (and I'm speaking as someone who actually acted on the urge to try to suffocate the baby (!)), it will be fine, once he realises he has to share and can share and that having someone else around can be fun. Just keep the talcum powder out of reach for a while! I haven't tried to kill my brother in years :D
Oct. 3rd, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
You're not alone - one of my friends apparently used to take all the blankets off her bed quite regularly, dump them all into her little sister's cot (on top of her) and announce 'Good - no more baby...'
Oct. 3rd, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
He is so articulate in his impulses of homicidal jealousy

That was my first reaction too! Sublimination is evidently a learned skill.
Oct. 4th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Joey has been known to say "I don't fucking like fucking Aleks. He should DIE". I think that makes me by far the worse mother.

Hang in there, it's lovely enough to bring you to tears when the baby is old enough to actually be a worthwhile companion for the elder child and they go off and play together and you get to have your first child free cup of tea for years...

Oct. 4th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I am still chuckling about '3'.

Jealous? Yes. Hilariously articulate? Hells yes.
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