Oct 26, 2009

I have to count the small victories

Jake loves to unload. He loves to unload the dishwasher (while I'm LOADING it, unfortunately), remove all of the Wii games from the Wii game drawer, empty the DVD cabinet of all DVDs, take items out of the laundry hamper and recycling bin ... the list goes on and on.

Our other boys did some of those things, just not ALL of them, and certainly not all on the same day, every blessed day of the week. But Jake seems to think that this is his mission in life: UNLOADING.

Last week I decided I needed to curb at least a LITTLE of the unloading, so I did this to the DVD cabinet, after moving all the Wii games from the media console into it:

I am fairly sure that I can't convey to you in words how disappointing this decision was with the 18-month-old. And OH HOW I WISH I could have captured the look on his face when he opened the Wii game drawer to find no Wii games. He did a classic double-take, and then his bottom lip started to quiver.

On the plus side, though, I've gained 10 minutes of my life back every evening. So I'm going to call it a win-win.


Sabrina said...

My 14 month old does ALL of those things too! Empties the dishwasher while I load, pulls all of the Wii games and DVD's out which I have no way of fixing, empties the decorative box that holds all of the controllers, recycling - check, laundry - check, child safe cabinets that contain plastic cups/bowls plates - check! Ahh..can be so frustrating to pick it all up multiple times every.single.day. Anyway..hit a nerve today, if you find a cure...please let me know!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Sabrina, I feel your pain! I don't anticipate finding a "cure," but if I do I'll be sure to blog about it. :)

Mayhem, thank you for the compliment! I love it that you are "addicted." That's a new one.

Erin said...

Gah! I want to eat him in that sweater.

melanie said...

If you don't mind, I would like to hire your Jake, (18 months old), to unload my Jake's, (18 years old), closet. It has been years since I have seen the floor and I have just stopped even going near it. Too afraid. If your Jakey could just unload everything, I would hire a back hoe and big dumpster to do the rest.

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