16 January 2010

Is This Thing On?

The following conversation just happened this evening. No joke.

Me: Peawhistle, please finish cleaning up the toys so I can get you a quick bath before bed.
Peawhistle: OK Mommy.

[five minutes later she comes upstairs]

Me: OK kiddo, go brush your teeth, pee in the potty, but don't put your PJs on yet because I need to give you a bath first.
PW: What?
Me: Brush your teeth. Pee in the potty. Don't put on PJs.
PW: But I thought I was going to have a late bath.
Me: You ARE. That's why I don't want you to put on pajamas yet.
PW: No pajamas?
PW: [blank stare]
Me: Go!
PW: (pause) Am I having a late bath?

This went on for some time so I'll spare you the incredible tedium. But MY GOSH. At least this wasn't as bad as this afternoon when the following occurred:

Me: OK PW, what do you want for lunch?
PW: [blank stare]
Me: PW, what do you want for lunch?
PW: [blank stare]

Kid you not, she stares at me like I'm speaking Elfish; she's utterly fascinated that I'm trying to communicate with her, but there is ZERO comprehension on her end.

This is an all-day thing and my head hurts just from trying to interact with her so I don't even know how to end this, so I'll just stop typing. There.

*Oh, and I apologize for re-instituting word verification. I'm getting sick and tired of all the spam I've been getting lately and having to go back and delete it. So I'll just torture you all instead, cool?


Heidi said...

Sounds like my communication with Brie. Only she's the one repeating things over and over while I stare at her blankly. And heaven help me if I get distracted, because she will grab my head and force me to look at her while she repeats herself for the fiftieth time.

Bonny said...

This sounds so familiar. It's exactly what happens at our house. I'll go through this WHOLE BIG LONG thing with Grayson to explain something to him, and all he'll say is, "What?" ARGH!

elesa said...

This is what it feels like when i talk to my husband.

greta said...

wow. MY head would hurt too. geez, kid. i'm glad that when i do that my kids at least respond, even if it is a grunt. they ALWAYS know what they want to eat (because they NEVER stop eating) but getting them to get ready for bed without me is useless. no blank stares, just lots of running away and hiding. THAT'S annoying too.....

Abby said...

I'm glad I'm not alone in my frustration. And Elesa--HA!