Max now has his very own car wash—well, at least the toy version, given that buying him a real one is pretty much not in our budget. Mindy, a reader who's heard tell of his obsession, e-mailed me about the above, the Alex Car Wash Floating Tub Playcenter. I ran, not walked, to Amazon to order it. I knew the handle might be a little hard for him to use, but given that his iPad and Proloquo2Go app have basically taught him to use his pointer finger, I thought this could encourage him to turn things. It arrived last night and I left it for Max at his place at the table to surprise him.
Sabrina saw it first this morning and came zooming upstairs. "I want to open Max's toy!" she said. She walked over to our bed, where Max was watching Phineas and Ferb. "Maaaa-aaaaax," she said in that special sing-song voice she reserves for putting one over on him. "Can I open your new car wash?"
Max wasn't quite sure what to make of the fact that he had a car wash to open.
I jumped right in: "Max, we got you a car wash toy! And no, Sabrina, you can't open it—it's for Max." I know it's a common instinct for siblings to want each other's toys but still, I was a little peeved with Sabrina. She knows how much he loves all things car wash.
It sometimes takes me by surprise me how protective I am of Max. Because of his challenges with talking, I am his voice, his protector, his savior. I should patent the evil stare I give to people when they blatantly stare at him—The Death Glare. So, yeah, I'm even overly protective when it comes to his little sis, my own flesh and blood. One very conniving flesh and blood.
I'm not alone in these feelings. "No, no, no, Sabrina," said our babysitter, speaking even more firmly than I did. "You know that's for Max! He's going to open it! End of story!"
Even Dave (aka Mushball Dad) had this to offer: "Sweetie, Mommy got that for Max!"
Sadly, I had to run and catch the train to work before I could see what went down with the car wash. But I called home and Max was happily playing with it—and, yes, he'd given Sabrina a turn.
This overprotection thing: I don't think it's uncommon among parents of kids with special powers.