So, when you walk in the front door after work and the first thing your mother says is, "I have to talk to you about something," it makes you a little nervous.
Here's what happened.
You know how Jordan has become particularly interested in poop? Which just means that now he fits in with the rest of the family? Except Betty, who used to regularly say when I was growing up, "Can we please have no anal talk at the dinner table tonight?"
So, anyway, he has.
We've been very open about all of it, in an encouragement of heading towards potty training. We let him flush the toilet, which he loves.
Now, he spends two days a week at home with my mom, plus a lot of time in the evenings and on weekends. They're tight. And typically, at least in our house, if it's just you and Jordan, you leave the bathroom door open when you go in.
It's just safer. Because Lord only knows what he'll get into left to his own devices.
So that particular day, Jordan ambled on into the bathroom and said, "What are you making, Nana?"
This is his new thing. What are you making?
As it turned out, she was engaged in an activity of supreme interest to our little friend. And so he marched over, pushed her forward on the toilet, exclaiming, "Move! I want to see!"
He wants to see the poop come out. I am not kidding you.
So Betty said, "You know I would do anything for Jordan. But this is just beyond what I can handle."
It's beyond what any of us really want to handle. So now, here's what you have to do.
You wait until Jordan walks out of the room. And then, making sure he's not looking in your direction, you scurry towards the bathroom, closing the door behind you. He can't yet turn the handle.
Sometimes it all goes fine. But sometimes he walks back in, notices your absence, and he suspiciously inquires about it. If responses are vague, he makes a beeline for the bathroom door.
If he finds it closed, he bangs. He wails, "What are you making?" Bang! Bang! "I neeeeed to come in! OPEN! I NEEED TO COME IN!"
His distress is palpable. He's pretty singular of purpose and hard to distract from this endeavor.
It doesn't help that the spectators in the house are supremely amused by the whole thing. Who wants to be laughed at when you have a serious objective?
So far, it's only at home, and guests are exempt. Let's hope he grows out of it before it gets all awkward and we have to warn his prom date or something.