THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WATER
I was downstairs, cleaning up after our dinner, as is customary in the Anderson household. I tend to press Play on one of my favourite audiobook apps, and try to get our kitchen and lounge looking less like a hurricane swept through before I get summoned by our eldest, who shouts for me from the top of the stairs.
Well, on this occasion, I was halfway through when Amélie – who can easily be heard above any volume of sound within a 5-mile radius – yelled, “Daddy? Daddy! We neeeed you!”
I sighed. I just wanted those few precious minutes – albeit busy ones – alone, “in the zone”, but it was not to be. I took a quick moment before responding, “Yeeees?!”
“We neeeed you, Daddy! Come and see what Noa has done!”
Noa is our 15-month-old daughter, and apparently, she had done something. I looked down at the hot water that would now grow cold as I tended to whatever violence and bloodshed had just happened thanks to Noa.
You know those wonderful bath times, when your little ones are frolicking about, innocently splish-splashing while you sit nearby, enjoying the experience, or – if we’re honest – catching up on a bit of Social Media? Yeah? While what do you do when your Little One innocently asks, “What’s this, Mummy?”, holding something no-one should ever willingly hold, that looks very much like an out of place poo?
I walked up the stairs to find Amélie soaking and skipping about, leaving her little, wet footprints dotted here and there. I went into the bathroom to find Laura busy, drying off Noa. Evidently, it was up to me to deal with what I can only describe as a broth of toys, facecloths and mushy poo, spread throughout the bath.
I decided against grabbing the sieve used for baking, instead choosing to pull the plug out, and use my fingers to push down the larger, more fibrous chunks. The things you do after you’ve handled poo a few times…
Anyway. I’ll spare you the detailed account of the clean-up, and skip to the usual…
How do you respond?
How do you respond when something gross or embarrassing happens? Do you freak out, and shout at the culprit or innocent bystander? It might be a knee-jerk response – and who can blame us when a poo floats by, or slowly drifts into the crotch area – but what if we could take just a moment to collect ourselves? If we panic about things that don’t really need panic, then we could cause our children to panic, too, and because they’re still working on spacial awareness (and will do for years to come), accidents could happen because of how we respond initially. In our case, with a 4-year-old and a 15-month-old, we often have to remind Amélie to calm down a bit when she’s so close to Noa, because Noa can often either get excited, too, or get knocked over in the excitement. It’s one thing if you’re on a soft rug, but in the bathroom, with hard surfaces and taps, it’s often a case of “no sudden moves”.
Find the Funny
Sure, you might not laugh immediately, but if you can make light of things, then you’ll have a funny story to tell for years. Laura captured the moment brilliantly when she described it on Facebook:
Her reaction: ‘Get out, get out, get out!’
Amélie’s reaction: Stand still and stare at the poo.
Noa’s reaction: Carry on playing, ignore the poo.
My reaction: ‘Should I take a photo?!’
Regrettably, I did not take a photo, despite my gut telling me that it was the right thing to do. You know, one of those lovely photos to show off at the girls’ weddings one day? (that’s right – I’m planning already).
It was our first “bath bomb” experience with our girls, although I suspect it might not be our last.
What about you and yours? If not “something in the water”, then what other gross or embarrassing situations have you found yourself in (possibly literally), when a quick evacuation or clean-up was needed?
I look forward to some gross-out stuff!