Poop, a word I hardly used prior to “mommy-hood” and when I did, it was properly referred to as using the restroom or a bowl movement. Over the last 3 years poop has become a common word used in my vocabulary. If you are reading this as a first time mom, new mom, or currently pregnant I can guarantee you there is a moment of disbelief until you really think about how its evolved in your life.
Pregnancy – When you are struggling to maintain a regular habit and find yourself having to take laxatives and searching online remedies constantly.
Baby Classes – When you are sitting in a class and they show you images or diapers with imitation bowl movements for all the different type of poop you will see coming from your newborn.
Newborn – The moments when your newborn has an explosion otherwise known as a “blow out” and you’re trying to decide if the sink would be more efficient to clean their bottom effectively and debating just throwing out the clothes because you cannot bare the thought of putting them in the washing machine. See my post on Newborn Essentials if you are a upcoming mommy and want new ideas!
Toddler – Blow out’s aren’t as frequent however how you experience toddler constipation and what I have now experienced, “POOP EVERYWHERE.”
Sure, I have plenty of stories across all of these stages because you can’t actually mentally prepare for the initial shock in the moment. In some cases, you find yourself calling your partner or best friend saying “you will not believe what just happened…” I will say with an 18 month old, I have experienced a lot and still the shock of the new experiences never seems to fail.
The other day David was napping in his crib. Most days he has a bowl movement right when he wakes up however this day he could not wait and he was a silent pooper. It was almost as if he had planned our afternoon of excitement prior to going to sleep. He normally naps for about 2.5 hours, 3 hours if the sleeping angels find in favor of mommy and around 15 minutes after he wakes up, its time for a change.
On this particular afternoon about 2 hours into his nap I hear him laughing and jumping in his crib. I didn’t think much of it as he generally wakes up pretty happy and this is my cue to wrap up what I am doing, grab a diaper, and prepare for changing, snack and play time. As I was walking down the hall I noticed the odor, you cannot miss this with David. I was particularly tired (quite common) and didn’t look around the room just assumed I he needed his change faster. I picked him up proceeded to the couch and laid him down on the changing pad.
Well, his diaper was missing and as I looked at him with this huge grin on his face I realized parts of his hair were no longer light brown, his left leg was smothered and his right hand looked like he had been finger painting with poop. I had to compose myself for a minute as I was speechless and David was grinning ear to ear. The last thing I needed to do was show emotion that would support his creativity. One of the benefits of being a stay at home mom currently is that day I was still in lounging clothes, which now reside in the trash. It was one of the few moments I was excited that I was wearing some yoga pants and tank top from Old Navy.
As we walked down the hall to the bathroom because at this point there is no amount of wipes that will remove his masterpiece I stopped to look in his bedroom. I felt like I was a homicide detective trying to piece together what looked like a poopy crime scene. The diaper had been thrown across the room onto the daybed. Pieces of poop remained on the floor intact during the in flight simulation. His mattress appeared to have poopy footprints from the excitement of the situation as he jumped up and down. Smeared handprints were on the wall for what I could imagine to be his version of Picasso.
My happy poopy Picasso enjoyed his second bath of the day, playing with his friendly ducks, tug boat and footballs. Only to have an exciting afternoon of hazmat cleanup, laundry and sipee cups. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, I’ve just now invested in toddler boxer briefs in an attempt to prevent such an immediate recurrence.
Here are the little Boy’s Boxer Briefs I absolutely love! They are around 2.25/ea, the softest I have ever seen and have sized 2T through 5T.
If you love soft material and have a drooler you cannot go wrong with these bandana bibs that my son loves, at a great price around 2.90/ea! You can’t get quality effective bibs anywhere for that price!
It is summer time and as you can see my little one loves water. I cannot stand the pull up swimmers or swim diapers so I found these Reusable Swim Diapers that are soft, stylish, comfortable and have adjustable sizes! They are available at a great price around 6.50/ea. For adjustable size from 0-24 Months thats a HUGE SAVINGS! Can you imagine not having to buy a new pair every time your baby grows out of their diaper sizes!