Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tuesday

Last night Chip was in a lot of pain. He had a bad bout of diaper rash. He would not sit on his bum. He sat on his haunches with a frown on his face and pointed towards his bum and cried plaintively “Doongi Baoo, Doongi Baoo (my bum hurts)”. There was not much I could do except air it and distract him. We read his favorite books, made towers out of lego blocks, ate a ripe peach but the ouchie would not go away. Chip wanted to go to the park, on the swing, like we do on most evenings, but how could he with an inflamed butt? We saw some cars come in as neighbors returned home from work, saw the kids play with their skate boards, and tried to guess which neighbor was mowing his lawn. We called Baba to talk to him and ask him when he would come home, but the ouchie would not go away.

Dinner time was fast approaching and I asked Chip what he wanted (A moot question, really, since dinner was ready). Chip promptly replied “Pizza.” I hesitated. Dinner was ready and junk food was usually reserved for the end of the week. Not on a Tuesday. How about salmon with honey and corn? I offered his favorite food. “Salmon nako. No fishie” He was adamant. “I want pizza and juice and baby Hanuman”. He had it all planned out. He wanted to eat dinner watching Hanuman on TV. I looked at the clock. It was 6:30. If pizza had to be ordered, it had to be ordered now. We called Baba and asked him to get a pie on his way home.

40 minutes later, Baba arrived with a pizza box and called out to Chip. Chip came down and saw the pizza box. Oh! He was so happy! The look on his face! His eyes sparkled and he was grinning from ear to ear. He jumped up and down, hugged his Baba and came running into the kitchen shouting excitedly. “Aie pizza aala, Baba pizza. Wow. Pizza. (Pizza is here)” There was not a moment to be wasted of course. Dinner was to be served immediately and in the family room in front of the TV. We gathered the plates and the pizza box and hurried to the family room. We sat on the floor, the pizza box spread next to us. Chip went and turned on the DVD player, the TV, the receiver and handed me the remotes. I cued the DVD to his favorite part. “Akdam Bakdam” blared out of the speakers and watching Hanuman do his silly antics, Chip dug into the pizza with gusto. The ouchie had not gone, but it was certainly forgotten for the moment.

8 comments:

Kodi's Mom said...

:) the way he capitalized on the ouchie to get Hanuman and pizza leaves me with a huge smile! and I think you were very cool to give in, rather than hold tight to your rules.

Mystic Margarita said...

Awww....hope the ouchie is gone for good. I have always wondered why kids without exception love pizza - I have yet to come across one who doesn't. :)

Gauri said...

Ouch Ouch !!! Hope the ouchie goes away real soon.

And I loved the way he had it all planned out.

noon said...

Cool that he got his way. You know Pizza is not so bad for a two year old - has good amt of fat and carbs and protein and some veggies too...
How old is he btw - two plus? Wondering why he suddenly got diaper rash. May be the heat now...I dread diaper rash. My husband got wipes today at Costco and casually told me they ran out of Costco wipes and so he bought Huggies wipes...the last time I did that when I was away in NJ, Kutti boy developed diaper rash instantly...Had to let him be w/out diapers most of the time that day and next day he was fine...
Hope his rash goes away soon. Am dealing with it non stop with baby girl now. yeast infection/rash all the time.

Swati said...

Hey..Pizza can for me all the pain too ..:P

How is he now. Petroleum jelly may help.

DotMom said...

kodi's mom : never that abt it that way. ack that kid :)

mystic: I still have to come across a grown up who hates pizza!!

gauri: ouchie is much better. Chip is a lil guy with big plans.

noon: Absolutely. Why can't they take away the carbs and fat and make it good for grown ups too :)
why don't you use plain water if you can? This is what we did when Chip was home and still do when he is home. They use wipes in daycare. Costco wipes are the best though. The diaper rash prolly occured because he has a cold and with the homeopathic remedies, cold elimination happens through his rear end.

swati: lol. we use petroleum jelly, this time we used the triple butt cream.

Usha said...

oh poor baby. Is he alright now?
And isnt it amazing how they easily forget their pain and become happy with small pleasures. Oh the bliss of childhood!

DotMom said...

usha: he is now. thanks!!! I was lamenting to BigGeek the other day how I can never jump up and down in joy anymore..that innocence is lost. BigGeek the eternal pragmatic had these words for me. Innocence lost is wisdom gained!!