A long summer of butt jokes

Ben, Colorado, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Just returned from a very summery time visiting my sister and her family in Colorado! I’ve been taking the Dream Lab class to heart–playing, resting and trying to be kind to myself. It must be working! (Matt and I even had a silly string fight last week, which I seriously recommend.)

Just after landing back at SFO, we were all waiting on the tarmac to be let out of the plane. The plane was completely silent, everyone a little impatient to get to their destination.

Ben suddenly announces loudly: I LOVE my daddy! I LOVE my dada!
(I could see people’s faces relax into an oh-what-a-lovely-boy-type expression.
Ben: And I love YOU mama!
Me: Thanks Ben…
(more smiles on people’s faces)
Ben: And I LOVE LOVE butt! I love to eat butt!!!
Me: Okay Ben, that’s enough. That’s enough.

Blissed out expressions of passengers turn to either expressions of surprise or peals of laughter.

The butt thing is big in our house these days. I’m assuming it’s like a 3 year old developmental milestone? One the pediatrician never told us about? I have a feeling this is a long phase. 😉

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  1. lu

    you have no idea how long the butt thing last. my son is seven and the butt obsession has started all over again on a whole new level. he is obsessed with MY behind.

  2. annette

    my son is 10, and we’re still hearing butt jokes, plus other body parts, and bodily functions. It’s great.

  3. Kim

    Us too, at the age of 7, even the word “butt” is a hoot and a half. Of course my son never said he loved to eat butt! That would make me laugh too.

  4. heidi

    Oh yes, butts are SO interesting! Mine are 6 and 9. Only recently the 9 year old switched to a mode of thinking butt jokes are undignified. He often sees his own behavior mirrored by his little brother and decides he doesn’t want to look or sound like THAT! As an only child the sibling relationship is fascinating.

  5. Angie K

    Yep – right with you with my own 3 1/2 year old. Everything is butt-this and butt-that and it’s downright Buttastic. Song lyrics get changed to butt, songs are made up about butts. I actually got my butt slapped the other day and was asked, “Nice butt mommy! You get those underwear at Target?”. Lovely. Now my 23 month old is in on the game. Fab. ButtFab. 🙂

  6. Jen Lee

    We have serious butt obsession over here, along with all things related. Months back, Lucy made up her first knock knock joke. It goes like this:
    Knock, knock.
    Who’s there?
    Pee-pee and poo-poo.
    Pee-pee and poo-poo, who?
    Do you need to go to the BATHROOM? (giggle giggle)
    Right there with you, mama.

  7. Joy

    Booty is my three year old’s favorite. Guaranteed giggles everytime.

  8. Ali

    He’s a boy – it’ll be a long phase. Has your husband grown out of his? If so, there’s hope. If not, enjoy the boy in them both! 😉

  9. Jeannine

    Enjoy this phase b/c soon you will be in the “why” stage and you will be explaining why Paul drives the car while John was a monster, George was hiding, and Ringo found the yellow submarine.
    One day my 4 year old fired off 2 hours of non-stop questions about the Beatles.

  10. Carrie S.

    Hysterical! I am SO hoping this is just a boy thing…. (I have a two year old girl.) I have a feeling it’s not.

  11. donna

    butt phase … fart phase … belch phase … I grew up with boys. They never outgrow it.

  12. celisa

    hahaha!!! this had me in a fit of laughter…because my roommate’s three year old has been in a kick the past few weeks of saying poopoo, doodie, doodie head, etc etc, and the like……and he dies laughing talking about butts and everything else inappropriate….i can’t help but kinda laugh too.

  13. Kimberley

    This could be a loooooooooooooong phase. My son is 36. My son-in-law that will be visiting next week, is 34. yeah.

  14. Michelle

    LOL I love that kid of yours! Ben you are hysterical and adorable and make me smile with every post of your mom’s!

  15. Life in Eden

    yeah — seven-year-old boy here, lot ‘o butt, pee pee, poop and other bodily function humor. with no end in sight. brace yourself girl.

  16. Sandra

    that is so funny 🙂
    my son is 10 and fart talk shows no sign of waning.
    my daughter on the other hand, now 7, went through a phase in the last year with wanting to experiment with “bad words” that my son never went through. she once had me whisper along with her the word “fuck” – i think she found it very liberating.

  17. cynthia

    that was laugh out loud funny – for real. thanks for sharing.

  18. cynthia

    that was laugh out loud funny – for real. thanks for sharing.

  19. Catherine

    oh my god. I can just see you melting on the plane!
    Or – Laughing!
    THAT is hilarious. I hope this phase ends soon – just because Max is heading in that direction – he will be 3 in a year and a half – so it’s a time I am bracing myself for!
    welcome home by the way.

  20. Mel

    With my nephew it was boobies…. he just loved boobies and once, when my sister-in-law was showing a potential buyer around her house, when she asked him his name, he replied, with a beatific smile, “boobies” which kinda threw her… bless them all.

  21. Natasha

    A seven year old and a three year old here, and no signs of toilet talk (we have moved on to more than just butts unfortunately) abating anytime soon…

  22. Paula

    LOVED this story. It’s always especially funny when the sweetness yields to humor/mortification.

  23. jakki

    a truely Out Of the Mouths of Babes moment, LOL

  24. jill

    …”sigh…” pure delight!

  25. allyn | allthingsami

    ah, so it’s not just MY THREE YEAR old? whew. : ) i feel your pain.

  26. Leslie

    hahahaha lovely post..made me laugh…the butt part is only the beginning Andrea…wait until he learns penis…my girlfriend’s daughter at about 3 or 4 told me “my daddy has a penis and it’s ‘this’ big”.

  27. busymomma66

    I have a 16 year old and he still makes butt jokes. Good luck with the phase, it does teach you to not be embarrassed and just laugh.

  28. Kate

    Butt jokes are *probably* a little less embarrassing than the time I was at dinner with some friends and their daughter started pointing to men’s crotches and saying, “Is that your penis?” Clearly, she had just had some of her first anatomy questions answered. We all laughed hysterically, though. 😉

  29. Beth

    So funny! I have a daughter who is two and she goes to part-time daycare with two or three little boys. One night in the bath she pointed to her crotch and said, “Mommy, where’d penis go?” !! We end up having a lot of discussions these days about the differences between girls and boys!

  30. Jacki

    Awesome! So very awesome…I think the bliss even travels through the internet.

  31. Jamie F

    Well…I’m no expert, BUT my 4 1/2 year-old is going strong with the butt thing, & my 2 year-old has started strong, so it does look like a long phase for us!!

  32. Stacy (Mama-Om)

    Oh, the butt thing. For us, it is poop and pee, pee and poop, with the occasional penis thrown in for good measure.
    Sigh. 🙂

  33. Diana

    Ben is a comic genius! Playing to the crowd perfectly. LOVE it.

  34. laura

    This just made me laugh out loud! Thanks for sharing your very “human” moment!

  35. laura

    This just made me laugh out loud! Thanks for sharing your very “human” moment!

  36. Stephanie

    I love this! Just wait until he’s a teenager….!

  37. Puanani

    Sorry to say, the butt phase with boys lasts nearly their entire life…

  38. Allison

    My 4 year old announced this to me, “I pick my nose because boogers are my favorite thing to eat!” Ahhhhh, boys.

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