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April 10, 2010

An Unpleasant Milestone

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on our Mothers of Multiples site about “mommy milestones”…those memorable hurdles I crossed with my girls, and was so proud of myself for doing so…things that once seemed almost impossible, but have gotten easier with time.

Feeding the girls by myself…taking the girls out by myself…taking the girls to the pediatrician by myself…oh, what sweet memories!

This evening I experienced what I guess I’ll describe as a “milestone”. It’s certainly memorable, but it was pretty far from sweet.

After quite a bit of chatter, the girls finally settled down for their afternoon nap. They were still sleeping at 4:30, so I decided to go wake them. I opened the door to their room and saw my precious angels napping so peacefully. But then I noticed something in Baby A’s crib. Had the poor baby gotten sick to her stomach?

I spoke to the girls, and they both started to stir. Baby A sat up quickly as I approached her, and she started to cry a really pitiful, scared cry.

And then the smell hit me.

Baby A had not gotten sick to her stomach. No, she had somehow unzipped her sleeper blanket, taken off her diaper, and made quite a smelly mess…all over her bed, her crib, and all over herself. And she didn’t like it one bit.

I felt like I had no choice but to give her a bath. And I had no other choice but to leave poor Baby B, who by that point was very upset by her sister’s wailing, in her crib.

At the end of the day, Baby A smelled like roses (or at least baby shampoo), Baby B recovered from her “abandonment”, and we got to bed only 10 minutes behind schedule.

My guess is that this is a rite of passage that most parents encounter at some point. I would like to think I can check this off the proverbial list. And just in case Fate happens to read this post, I have no interest in this process getting easier with time.


Rebecca said...

Oh...the horror! I can't even imagine your "surprise" at this sight...sleeping babies are cute...babies sleeping in poop...not so cute! I don't know if I should congratulate you on your milestone though...oh, I got it...congratulations on handling it so well on your own!

Nicole said...

Oh, that is a very unfortunate milestone indeed! Unfortunately, I have been seasoned in too with that. I've also entered their room to find suntan lotion all over everything and vaseline. Those weren't good days either, but they did smell better at least. :)

reanbean said...

Oh no! Maybe the power of the blog got the "the girls aren’t yet potty-trained" statement a bit messed up. (hee hee hee)

Hopefully you won't encounter this situation again. It's never happened to us, but I've heard of parents using duct tape to prevent such accidents. :o)

Christina said...

Oh no...I have never had that happen. Not yet. Hopefully I can avoid it!!

Sadia said...

Oh, hon, I'm sorry.

Jessie once tried to change Melly's poopy diaper during naptime. Yeah, it was as bad as you might imagine.

Sonora said...

It is amazing how big milestones are when you have multiples. There are some pretty wonderful ones. This is one I haven't experienced and I hope I never do. There's never a dull moment with kids. Just when you think you have them figured out, they change it up on you.