Dec 22, 2004
and when she walked out, the world kept a turnin'
penn is addicted. absolutley addicted. a few of his favorite things to do are run around naked after his bath (note above), bang on one of the three computers in our house (note above again), and play video games.
he is newly one year old and he understands well the capabilities of technology in this house. and sure. he'll bang on any computer. and he will cry if you make him stop. but what he really likes is the sound program on benji's computer that he can start and stop with the space bar while he dances naked on the desk. who wouldn't love that? i haven't seen benji dance naked on his desk ---but penn had to learn it from someone, didn't he?
in the morning there is the morning ritual which consists of many things you probably don't care about and i won't bore you with. things like waking up and getting the baby a beverage, going back to bed, waking up again, making our new concoction of squished fresh bananas in oatmeal, and then, back to the subject at hand, watching penn go into daddy's room to get the playstation controller and bring it to me while i put up the highchair.
the fun part about this whole scenerio is that the cord will only go so far before it snaps the baby back onto his butt.
he loves the game and i am not sure how i feel about this. i'm certain i don't want him to watch benji play his "prince of persia" game where people get cut in half and groan to heavy metal music. but, i'm also certain video games aren't the end of the world and penn enjoys making things move on the screen. i can't pretend games don't exist, especially in this house.
i bought tetris because i can play tetris and i don't worry about any confusing decapitating mesages. soaking into penn's sponge brain. i'll leave this, as it's going to be a reacurring dilema.
penn is addicted to the phone, the computers, the game, the light switches, the temperature controll, the camera, the dvd player, the playstation 2, the xbox, the video camera and the cats. thank god he's also addicted to books.
it will be a fine and well controlled experiment as to how the plugged-in children will turn out.
tonight's success story: after laying in bed for an hour with penn, playing, slobbering, and rolling around, i got up. penn usually falls asleep when i put him down and he never knows i've left the room. but, he will have to learn how to fall asleep by himself soon. there are many reasons he hasn't learned this yet. i say this because at least a couple of you out there have probably sucked all the air out of the room with your gasping.
he would fall out of the bed, people. right out onto his head if i left. what. you want my baby to fall on his head? now that he knows how to get out of the bed feet first, it is time to learn.
so after an hour, i got up. and he got out of the bed and banged on the door and let out the most heart wrenching "ma-ma's!" i sat by the bedroom door, curled up knees to chin while benji verbally admitted from the kitchen, "that's a hard one." after two minutes, he crawled right back to bed and tucked himself in making the mental note that the world didn't end when i left the room.
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