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    My rookie-like behavior continues to take the world by storm

    March 9, 2008

    yesterday we went to the coffee shop for a singalong. I know. Mommy Needs a Cocktail in a social setting a) with her children AND b) with other mothers/children. It’s bound to end poorly.

    So Mr. Skip is singing, singing, singing and all the kids are dancing around. All except two. The Baby has his arms wrapped around my neck so tight that I’m starting to get an oxygen-deprivation high and The Boy is curled up in a ball on my lap. It is evident that we do not get out often.

    The Boy is silent. Up until Mr. Skip says that Ol’ McDonald has a horse on his farm and the horse says “quack.”

    You would have thought Mr. Skip had spit on a picture of His Eminence, Bob the Builder. He leaped out of my arms and ran across the room.

    TB: Noooooooo. A horse doesn’t say “QUACK.”

    The room goes silent.

    Mr. Skip: well what DOES a horse say?


    People began to laugh. I started to prompt him, but it was too late. Mr. Skip was saying “neigh” and The Boy was throwing himself into my arms with a look of horror on his face. Horror at failing in front of everyone. Horror at the laughter. I whispered in his ear that we all get embarrassed sometimes and that it’s tough to remember stuff under pressure. For heaven’s sake, I failed the bar exam once. Mommy knows embarrassment. Ten minutes later the show was over and everyone left but us.

    I turned around to see The Baby toddling away from me with a yellow back and I caught the scent that could make grown men cry.

     Did I have a diaper?  Of course.  Wipes?  Maybe.  Dry/clean clothes?  Who the hell do I look like?  June Cleaver?  We live 5 minutes from the coffee shop.  Blowouts only occur when you are at least 45 minutes from home.  It was at least 40 degrees out.  He’ll be FINE.  Parenting a la Britney-style.

    I looked down to see there was crap on the floor.  I snatched him up and ran to the bathroom.  I’m in the middle of changing him on the floor (don’t ask) when I start to contemplate exactly how I am going to take him home after this mess.  His shirt is shot.  I held his pants up in the light and couldn’t see anything.  I went in for the sniff. 

    Except I brought the pants too close to my face.  Up against my nose and mouth, actually.  Right into a smattering of something wet.  The door flew open because the Cake Lady felt the need to check on us.  But when the stench of the lav hit her in the face, she started to violently gag.  She slammed the door closed.  The Baby started to toddle away from me and I am sitting on the floor, realizing that I have now put my face in my son’s crap.  I promptly put his pants back on him since it appeared that I wiped the poop off with my nose.  Those pants were practically clean.  I set the baby down outside the door and then I stuck my face under the sink. 

    It’s times like that that environment be damned, you just want a bottle of clorox in which to bathe your face.   

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    1. Bellamomma says:

      1. I’ve changed a baby on the bathroom floor of the furniture store. I seriously debated using one of the floor model beds though. I thought a little poo would be fair punishment for not having a changing table in a FURNITURE STORE of all farking places.

      2. Parenting ala Britney is much easier to explain down here in the south ~ and much warmer on the naked children. Just sayin. My kid didn’t sport socks until her dad broke down and bought her some 2 months ago. I’m a slacker.

      3. Tell TB to kick that quacking horses’ tail!!

      But the poop on your nose … that’s when you start snorting the Clorox to make sure you’re completely clean. *shudders*

      March 9th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    2. beth says:

      Thanks for the laugh. It is nice to know I am not the only one having Britney moments.

      March 9th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    3. tvtown says:

      That is just foul.

      March 10th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    4. Meg says:

      I wouldn’t recommend cleansing with Clorox. One of my 3YO son’s daycare teachers was concerned about some ink or food coloring that got on the kids’ hands, so rather than face the wrath of the parents over that, she decided it would be a good idea to wipe the children down with a solution of bleach diluted with water. Suffice it to say, the daycare is hoping against all hope that none of the parents SUE, and that teacher is no longer with us. Of course, I only found out about it from the extremely apologetic letter sent home by the center director. Although in hindsight, I did notice a faint chlorine smell on junior’s forehead… but, him being the third child, I thought nothing of it…

      March 10th, 2008 at 4:37 am

    5. Manic Mommy says:

      Gargling with Clorox. That would do the trick.

      Oh, been there. It’s so funny when it all happens to someone else.

      March 10th, 2008 at 5:15 am

    6. Carrie says:

      You know, pre-baby that story would have made me gag. Now I just find it amusing to read/horrifying for you!

      On another note, I wore my “Mommy Needs a Glass of Wine” shirt to my moms’ group “girls night in” and everyone LOVED it!

      March 10th, 2008 at 7:07 am

    7. Mahala says:

      I woulda Febreezed The Baby.

      March 10th, 2008 at 8:01 am

    8. Danielle says:

      I just laughed so hard! Thanks for sticking your nose in poo to crack us up!!! ‘Cause that’s totally why you did it, I know…..

      March 13th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    9. Cheryl says:

      OMG! I’m LITERALLY laughing so hard I’ve got tears running down my face and am having major problems typing!

      I’m sooooo thankful that my three-month-old sleeps half the day so I can read your whole blog!

      May 10th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    10. Cheryl says:

      Oops! Just woke the baby cuz I’m laughing too loud…at least he smiles and laughs when I do 🙂

      May 10th, 2011 at 11:27 am

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