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Monday, December 1, 2008

THE TERROR OF...THE DRAIN!

Just the other day, I was telling my friend how much Ashton LOVES baths. Well, our drains here are open with no sort of filter in them, and bathtime used to be Ashton's favorite thing, until the day he lost half a bar of soap down the drain. Now he is terrified that anything that gets near the tub will go down, including himself. I have shown him that the toys he plays with in the tub don't fit down, and when he's safe outside the tub he's able to think a bit more rationally. He'll sit there and say to himself. "I not go down-I too big. Toys not go down-it's too big." But when he gets in the water face to face with the drain that swallowed up a bar of soap, the panic sets in. He cries "I go down! I go down!" and if anything gets in the water, he will save it's life by throwing it out, including the washcloth that I'm trying to wash him with-he will grab it out of my hand and throw it to safety- and the cup I use to wash his hair. The second it touches the water he grabs it crying "This go down! This go down!" Needless to say this has made bathtime a little bit harder on all of us. Even when there's no water in the tub, if something ends up in the tub, he panics. The other day his friend Lizzy was here playing and I was in the bathroom hanging up a shower curtain. Lizzy climbed in the tub to watch me, and Ashton fell to pieces! "Wizzy go down! get out Wizzy! Hurry! Come on Wizzy! You go down!" I don't know how long this phase will last-it was kind of funny at first, but now I just hope this doesn't scar him for life!

5 comments:

Karla said...

Ohhh, the poor little guy. Too funny!

Kristen said...

Oh that is so sad it made my heart hurt for him. What a sweet little guy!

Japanski said...

Why don't you spend some time every day sitting in the empty, dry tub with Ashton? Eat cookies, sing songs, read stories, whatever he thinks is fun to do. Even if he won't get in with you, try it. Do you have any cups or glasses with openings about the size of the drain? Tell Ashton to climb into it. Afer the experience, show him that the drain is as little as the cup. Get a baby doll that is decidedly smaller than Ashton and sit it right on top of the drain. Can Ashton make it fit? And how about singing this, to the tune of "once there was a snowman"--- Ashton doesn't fit here, fit here, fit here, Ashton doesn't fit here, he's too big!!" You can sing it while he tries to climb into a bowl twice the size of the drain and other items to help him realize that he's okay. I hope he gets over his fear soon. That's too bad, for him to have lost the joy of his bath time. I know I love my bath time, too!!

Japanski said...

And Heather said this: "Oh I just love him! That's the cutest thing I've read in a long time. Awwwww." (she couldn't remember her google password to comment under her name)

Romero's Arrows... said...

ROMERO'S SAY: Don't let him hear about how the BABY JESUS went down a certain loo at Janet's house. He will forego all potty training attempts and you will loose him for life. hahahaha :) POOR LITTLE BABY!!! (ps he's so cute in the tub) -- liza