Saturday, January 22, 2011

I Don't Remember Signing Up for This!

When you are planning to start a family, your thoughts are full of precious moments waiting to be had.  Fantasies of little people in car seats, baby swings, that new crib that took you 4 hours to put together only because your husband claimed that directions were only for people who didn't know what they were doing.  That first baby fills your thoughts and dreams as you wash and rewash all those little clothes you can't wait to see a little body fill.  Mommies-to-be dream of teaching their kids to cook, clean and do crafts.  We mommies look forward to the funny things that child will say someday, holding them when they get an ouchie, or reading to them at night. Daddies anxiously await playing catch, camping, and a good excuse to play legos, blocks and go trick-or-treating again.

Rarely if ever, you dream of vomit, green snot rockets, spaghetti-o's on the celling.  You don't think about diaper blowouts in the car seat, personal truths being announced to total strangers, or flooded bathrooms from overly fun bath time.  Clogged toilets full of TP, baby powder, expensive electronics and anything else that will fit in there is rarely the stuff dreams are made of.

Tattletales, potty mouths, objects up the nose!  Sibling fighting, disciplining, tantrums... to name a few.

Parenthood is great isn't it?

Often I have found myself in a situation that I just have to scratch my head, remember how naive I used to be, and wonder what the heck I got myself into!  I had one of these moments the other day.

I think that most of you will agree, that boys, in particular, have a hard time figuring out how and when to poop in the potty.  They tend to master "number one" mostly because they see it as some kind of game.  But why, oh why can't they just figure out that pooping in your pants is SO MUCH WORSE than a little pee!

Even if you think you have it down with the oldest kid, every kid is so different that they just don't learn the same way!  My 3 1/2 year old knew very well what he SHOULD do, he just didn't WANT to do it.  My husband and I got to the point where we were taking turns cleaning up his "mess."  It got old fast.

The straw that broke the camel's back, was the diarrhea in the bathtub.  If I had filmed it, it would have been rated R.  It was horrible!  A nightmare!  And my husband was gone!!  Nephi was covered.  His toys were covered.  He had it in his hair and on his face.  It was on the walls and floating in chunks in the tub.

I lost it.

For the first time in this pregnancy, I emptied my stomach.

Leave it to the kiddo's to make my week...

Cleaning it up was disgusting and Nephi got a major earful of my displeasure.  But not as much from me as he did from Sam who told him no uncertain terms that poop does NOT belong in the bathtub!!  "Poop goes in the potty!!" he yelled in his face.  Hmmm... I wonder where he got that from....

We all survived, and it apparently grossed Nephi out so bad that he just started pooping on the potty without being prompted.  So maybe, just maybe it was a blessing is disguise... a really good disguise that is.

Every day a new adventure... I love being a mom!



Annie said...

Ha ha I love this! I think I'm one of those naive baby hungry newlyweds! Maybe I'll wait a little longer! I found your blog a while ago and love it.

Stacey said...

I think you just cured my baby urges.

Mama Nut said...

Hahaha you two! Being a mom is the greatest thing ever! And if all else fails, it gives you some great stuff to write about. Being a mom is tough, but there are SO many great things that outweigh the bad.

Don't let me discourage you! Just remember that all this doesn't come until later and you are gently prepared from the day you conceive. I remember thinking how hard it would be and then when I actually brought the baby home, it didn't do anything! I thought, "This is it?" I was even a little disappointed at the first poopy diaper. There we were with plastic gloves ready to take it on, only to be oddly surprised at the green smear.

Parenthood is great... truly it is.

Carrie and Karl said...

We are currently fighting the same fight. Hopefully he'll get it soon. Good luck with Nephi!

Veronica Ernest said...

I have a sister in law that is trying so hard to get pregnant. She has been trying for 2 1/2 years. I feel bad for her but sometimes I think,"You have no idea what your asking for". I do love being a Mom. It has its challenges but it also has its great times.