How have I done so far? Let's see...
- Pick Finn up and carry him the minute he complains about walking - even if it's down the back steps behind our house? CHECK!
- Let him go to bed without brushing his teeth if he starts whining about not wanting to do it? CHECK!
- In general, allow him to push me around like a production assistant/intern/Frenchman? CHECK!
And so it is with much shaking-of-head that Kitty is trying to whip me into shape. I'm doing better with the picking-up/carrying thing and I've learned how to sneak in a couple of swipes of tooth-brushing around the tooth/tongue/tears defense, but I'm now up against a fearsome opponent. One that threatens to take down not just me, but also the immovable object of the Mommy.
Do you recall hating getting dressed? I don't. I recall not being very good at it - in fact, I'm still not very good at it - but I don't recall hating it. Well, this kid hates it. So much so that he preferred to stay in his room by himself for well over an hour on Saturday morning - prime rock throwing time - rather than get himself dressed.
And I should clarify, it's not that he hates being dressed. He just hates having to do it himself. He'll happily hop over to me if he thinks I'm going to put his shirt or pants on, but ask him to try to put his legs in those same pants himself and it's as if you've forced him into the most degrading act imaginable. If he could only figure out how to use the phone to call anyone other than Layla, he'd have Child Services over here in a heartbeat.
Oddly enough, he enjoys putting on my clothes, as evidenced from the picture above.
So this has become our first great battle of the verbal era, and one that I am determined to use to reset my fate as the authoritarian Father of my pre-child imagination. I can only hope that this battle of wills goes better than previous wars waged against our cats.
In other words, I hope that Finn doesn't poop in my shoes.