Saturday, April 12, 2008

Life lessons

I learned a few things this weekend, and wanted to share them. One I learned this summer, but I didn't realize how true it was until this weekend.

1. It is not a good idea to change Little Elvis' diaper while he's standing in his crib. And just to let you know how dense I am, it took me twice to realize this was truly a bad idea.

Little Elvis is a little monkey when we try to change his diaper. He kicks, he fusses, he rolls over. Every once in a while, I stumble upon a trick that works. But that trick only works twice, tops. He's a smart one, and quickly catches on to what I'm doing.

So, I've been changing his pee diapers in his crib. He plays with a music thingy on the side of the crib and wanders around while I chase him with a diaper. The best thing about this set-up is I'm pretty sure I'm burning more calories than I would if he would just lay still for 15 seconds.

Thursday morning I went to change his diaper. I didn't smell anything, and it wasn't his usual time of day for a poo (he's such a male.) I undid the fasteners, and there was a diaper full of pee and poo!

Great. I said over and over, "Don't sit! Don't sit! Don't sit!" while tossing the dirty diaper in the pail as quickly as I could. Guess what he did. Yep, he sat. And he didn't just sit. He sat on his crib bumper, as well as his sheet.

Later that day, he had another pee diaper. And, since I'm apparently more like President Bush than I would ever want to admit, (fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice... shame on... well shame on someone darnit!) I let him wander around his crib while I de- and re-diapered him.

As I turned to toss the pee diaper in the trash, I heard something. What was...? No! No, surely he didn't just... It was a full diaper, he didn't have more pee in him. Sigh. Yes, he did. He peed on his shirt and his newly changed sheets.

Bob and I have struggled through diaper changes on the diaper changing table ever since.

2. Pick up the rocks and sticks in your yard. My mom told me last summer to always pick up the sticks in the yard, because men (i.e. my dad and possibly Bob) will not pick them up before they mow. She told me this while my dad was trying to repair a mower that he'd just run over a big stick. I've tried to be diligent about the sticks, but didn't think too much more of it. Until this weekend when Bob broke a lawnmower blade while trying to mow something he says he should have been weeding. I told him what my mom said about men and mowing and he agreed. He said he would definitely mow over sticks, and probably complain when he broke the mower. So, I will continue to pick up the big sticks in our yard.

I wanted to share these lessons in hopes that others might benefit (and not have to change as many sheets or lawnmower blades!)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good lessons indeed. Our yard is full of sticks and come to think of it J has yet to make any effort to pick them up. You mean I have to add one more thing to my list? Argh.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Ah, diaper changing disasters. I think all moms have suffered through their fair share. I once got my daughter up from a nap to discover the poor thing to find the poo everywhere (sheet, bumper, and her clothes). Someone should write a book about how best to avoid these messes!

2:56 PM  
Blogger MIP said...

I haven't had any in-crib poo incidences, but it is getting harder to keep his little fingers away from down there when we encounter a code brown. The sticks thing is a good thing to keep in mind too, I can definitely see the husband doing that :)

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Burp Cloth Babe said...

Oh, don't ya just love a poopie diaper? As sick as it is, I really enjoyed hearing someone else struggling with them! I guess I thought I was the only one!

3:20 PM  
Blogger Tuesday Girl said...

oput a sticker on the back of the baby's hand while you change his diaper. He will play with it and try to get it off and you will have a quick, painless diaper change!

6:10 PM  
Blogger Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Great lessons!
I change my kids on the floor now. When they get to that really wiggly stage I feel safe and if need be I can hold them down with my legs. awful hey?

1:52 AM  

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