It’s hard to be the 2nd kid. Number two. Crappy Baby.
Crappy Baby can’t do nearly anything as well as Crappy Boy can. And yet Crappy Boy isn’t yet mature enough to be polite about this. “Look at me, I can do it better than you can!”
I often have to remind Crappy Boy that Crappy Baby is three whole years younger than him. That it isn’t fair to Crappy Baby. That his younger brother does do a lot of amazing things, especially for a three-year-old.
I try to model encouragement rather than criticism and competition. And I also remind Crappy Boy that he didn’t have an older sibling heckling him when he was three. It just isn’t fair to Crappy Baby.
Is it so hard to just say, “Wow, cool!” every once in a while rather than try to show him up? Give him a high five or something?
So Crappy Boy and I are having this conversation (again) when I realize that I’m not sure where Crappy Baby is. And the house is quiet. So I ask Crappy Boy where he is.
Number poop? I know what he means so I laugh. (Thanks for teaching him that one, Crappy Papa. Course I’m responsible for turding. I guess we’re even.)
I’ve never really thought about that. But it makes sense.
Just then, we’re interrupted by Crappy Baby from the bathroom:
“Mama check!” means he is done and needs me to survey his wiping skills (of which there are none yet) and help him with his underwear.
I go into the bathroom and as I’m helping to pull up his underwear he yells to his brother:
With an invitation like that, who can refuse?
Crappy Boy runs into the bathroom to take a look:
He is impressed.
A high five for number two’s number two?
Well, that’s a start.
The part where I talk about my book. Again.
Huge thanks for showing your support and buying my book. Apparently, being honest helps. So does begging. And so did many of your comments about how we’re so used to getting things for free online that it’s important to occasionally support the things we’d like to keep getting for free. Supporting bloggers makes sense. (This is why some of my fellow bloggers books have graced these pages lately. I want to help support them.)
If you want to buy the book (or if you have already and want to help me out by writing a review – thank you!) here are the links:
Tonight I’m meeting someone at this airport restaurant shaped like a flying saucer to do an interview for a major magazine. How cool is that? And tomorrow I’m driving to San Diego to appear on Fox Morning News & San Diego Living on Thursday. I’m bringing the kids with me so we might be stopping somewhere fun on the way home. (Maybe Legoland? Haven’t decided yet. Don’t tell the kids.) Anyway, things will be quiet again in these parts while I’m trying to get the book word out.
Los Angeles & Southern California people: I’ll be signing books at the LA Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 20th. Admission is free. I’ll be at the Kobo booth from 11am-noon and there will be a contest where you could win a Kobo reader. (Contest is you filling in blank speech bubbles of one of my drawings & we’ll pick the best one. Can’t wait to see what people come up with.) Then I’ll be signing books at the Harlequin booth from 1pm -2pm. Please, please come. I’ll even draw you a crappy picture in your book if you do.
Nice people giving away or talking about my book this week: Momma Needs a Beer, Five Kids is a Lot Of Kids, Hahas for Hoohas, Kansas City Mamas and so many more that I’ve completely lost track of which giveaways ended when and which ones I’ve already mentioned in prior posts, but if you email me I’ll add yours.