Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Freud, eat your heart out

I suspect my daughter is anal retentive. In the literal sense.

No, we haven't started potty "learning" yet, as the enlightened 21-st century parents call it. But here's what she's doing: I change her diaper right before putting her in her crib for each and every nap. Often, it's full of p-o-o-p. Often with little kernals of corn in there and whatnot (sorry, non parents. for the parents of babies out there, email me for more details on recent diapers or send me some camera-phone snapshots of your own darling's).

Yet, for the past week or so, every time I put her down for a nap, she stays awake chatting with herself. After about half an hour or 45 minutes in there, she cries. I go in to assess the situation, and yep, she's poopy. I suspect she may have realized that a dirty diaper is the only thing that gets her out of that crib, and she's saving a little bit of ammunition for naptime. Aargh.

That's it. From now on, the bedtime routine includes a high colonic.

2 comments:

Hillary said...

Well our daughter would consistently stay awake, poop, get changed, THEN fall asleep for nap. We were never able to put her down before that.

It was the poop keeping her up. So we knew if she hadn't gone, she would'nt take a nap.

Bert said...

well, as a recently graduated Freud Expert (TM), i am fully qualified to share this link with you:

http://childstudy.net/anal.html

apparently, she is a genius because she shouldn't be in the anal stage until she is 2-3 years old.

don't screw this stage up because it could lead nutmeg into severe narcissism and a lifetime of being an insufferable, fastidious engineer type.