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Logging Behaviour

As you may have heard, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the bathroom lately, and not just for reasons pertaining to the title of my blog (in fact, I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had diarrhea due to the iron supplements I’ve been taking) but because Callum is newly potty-trained and now drops les deux in the toilet. The step stool he’s supposed to be using to climb upon the throne himself is instead used to support myself as I sit and wait fricking forever for him to do his thing.

So I’ve been thinking.

Here’s a bang-selfie to keep you interested in what I’m writing:

That it’s funny and strange how it’s normal for me to watch Callum go poo, up close and personal, with grimaces, poo-coming-out sounds and all, punctuated with a plop but that one day, hopefully sooner than later, this type of behaviour where his mother watches him take a shit, becomes unacceptable. Humiliating, even. I mean, I can’t pinpoint exactly when it happened but I certainly don’t sit beside Jake on the toilet and watch him go! Maybe figuratively, but that’s for the book. LOL.

What the hell am I talking about? I’m talking about human behaviour. That it’s amazing to me how one day, a person’s behaviour will be not only acceptable but normal and expected but that as we evolve as humans, certain behaviours, if we’re healthy and growing and moving toward independence and competency, will naturally get phased out and replaced by new more socially acceptable and less destructive behaviours.

Except, some people get stuck on the throne though, don’t they? Grimacing, stinking the place up while we watch on in awkward repulsion. Or maybe it’s we that sit there, point at the step stool beside us and expect our loved ones to keep us company.



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  • Helly on the Run March 8, 2017, 11:19 am

    I love this. And you.

    Book marking this shit post.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 8, 2017, 12:04 pm

      Hellyyyyyyy!!!! Thank you! And thank you for sharing it on Twitter! I haven’t been on Twitter in ages because I can’t keep up to it, but I get the notifications in my email inbox. You’re the best. <3

  • Sheila March 8, 2017, 12:28 pm

    OMG this is perfection! Thank you for crawling inside my brain and digging this out.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 8, 2017, 1:35 pm

      Well shucks! Thanks Sheila! It’s a good feeling to have someone identify with what’s going on in our brains, eh? It helps us feel not so alone.

  • Gretchen March 8, 2017, 2:40 pm

    Another reason why dogs are the best- Selma will let me watch her poo all the time. Even if she’s at the bottom of the yard she’ll always look up at me so I know she’s being a good girl and going outside. She’ll never say that I’m embarrassing her or say “MOM stop!!! I’m a grownup!”

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 8, 2017, 4:15 pm

      Dogs always seem to make MAJOR eye contact when they poo. It’s very intimate. I feel like lighting up a ciggy afterward.

    • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes March 9, 2017, 9:30 am

      Ooohhh this comment made me laugh so much! Charlie refuses to look at anyone while he poops, as if he’s ashamed that people can see him.

      • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 9, 2017, 8:08 pm

        Charlieeeee! Charlie needs to develop his spirituality. Connect with the earth, Char. With each other. Let go and let in. Peace.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run March 9, 2017, 4:13 pm

    When I saw your title “Logging behaviour” I immediately thought of what we have to do at school if we want to keep track of behavior of a certain student. 🙂 It usually involves charts and/or spreadsheets! I just made a chart for an entire class because most of them put for zero effort… and they are in 2nd grade. We are talking 7 year olds who lay their heads down in music class! So I made a chart so I can mark off who participates each class and the goal is to have all students make an effort to participate during the class.

    The thought of watching a kid poop sounds horrible to me, but I have grabbed poop off Jelly’s butt with my bare hands so…. I am sure if I had a kid of my own I wouldn’t think it was gross.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 9, 2017, 8:11 pm

      Well, I’ve been a mother for nearly 17 years and let me tell you, a lot of them make up spreadsheets for everything: reward jars, sticker charts, potty pops.

      When you love someone, whether it’s a spouse, a child, or a furry soulmate, you touch their dingleberries. It’s in the small print.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 11, 2017, 7:02 am

    When Ave takes a poo, her face gets all red, she bites her little lip and grunts all while looking slightly embarrassed. The poor thing. So she doesn’t feel left slighted, I make a poo face and grunting noises right along with her. Oh the things we do for our tiny humans.

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