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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wordful (Why is it only) Wednesday



Yep, this really did happen.

I'm sure you are wondering how something like this goes down, since everyone knows that a baby should NEVER be left unattended around water; everyone knows that.

And, I'm sure that some of you are dying to type some chastising, you're-an-idiot-who-put-you-in-charge comment to make me question my ability to mother a gnat (don't bother, already slapped my face silly, just to teach myself a lesson).

All I can say is you're right.

Or, you would be if this were even remotely my fault, which it's not.

I didn't tell him to climb up the stairs, sneak into the supposedly child locked bathroom, and climb stealthily into the partially filled bath tub fully clothed (on the contrary, actually, I yelled repeatedly for him to get back to the kitchen post haste, I was wholeheartedly, and predictably, ignored).

I also didn't tell #2 to distract me with some ridiculous request, something about milkshakes and strawberries I believe, right at the precise moment that unattended baby was making his getaway.

And, I am in no way responsible for #1 tripping over...nothing, actually, he just ended up on the ground some how like he always does, and crying out in such contrived pain meant only to garner sympathy (and possibly gain a milkshake and strawberries, while also covering the sound of the desperate unattended baby's escape).

Nor can I be blamed for the entire moan fest of a day, featuring all levels of crying, complaining, whining, teasing, fighting, crapping, sweating, and a whole host of other undesirable verbs, which led to me being slightly put off my game.

Although unwilling to accept full responsibility for this event (it's actually a policy of mine that I never admit to anything until I see the cold hard proof, and by proof I mean a video, fingering me as the one and only culprit), I will admit that I was a bit put off by the days worth of frustrations and, therefore, perhaps not entirely in tune to my unbelievable desperate unattended baby and his evil plot to ruin any hope I had of salvaging the evening (really I just wanted to grab a bowl of ice cream and curl up in front of More to Love, followed closely by The Bachelorette, After the Final Rose. Thank goodness for my DVR!).

Oh, and Hubby was home too, so you can blame him (although you won't because, fight it though you may, you are all governed by this phenomenon, just can't help yourselves).

But, basically, it wasn't my fault.

It was the fault of the crazies I live with and the pressure of the hideous day they gifted me with that led to the break down in my defense, thereby allowing #3 to happily deposit himself into the bathtub, fully clothed, and quite proud of himself.

I spent the entire day wanting to cry out of frustration, never suspecting that I would instead end up crying out of joy. Because even though I was shocked, surprised, and slightly annoyed by his actions, he looked pretty dang silly sitting there in his street clothes all soaped up to his ears.

Mommyhood is kinda funny like that, right?!

31 comments:

Tammy Howard said...

I won't chastise! And you hit on a note that always ticks me off - it's always Mom, even if Dad is right there. Grrrr.

And you're right, he does look awful darn cute...

Sara said...

Hey! We've all been there even if we have a hard time admitting it! Some things that have happened I think to myself, "WHAT TH-----! I am a HORRIBLE Mother!" lol

Look at it this way.......... that sweet cutie made a perfect WW! :)

Courtney D said...

Well, of all the things your little one could have gotten into- at least he chose the bath. Cute pic- I can only imagine what it must have taken to come upon this little scenario and have the presence of mind to grab the camera!

{Kiki} said...

At least there wasn't a flood. I have had that happen to me from not watching my son around his sink. He loves water play. Great pic. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day and take care.
-Kiki

parentingBYdummies said...

I know! Can't believe I had the camera right there when it happened. I had been taking regular bathtub shots the night before, so lucky me :)!

MammaMania said...

The good news is - he is clean. Even his clothes are clean. Actually he SAVED you a trip to the washing machine, even though he didn't mean to.

Still, it is kinda funny. If you don't laugh then you have to cry sometimes!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Girl, just toss those clothes in the dryer. He saved you some laundry time.

Oh, and I totally stand behind you....
NOT YOUR FAULT

Moms-We gotta stick together
BOO YAH!

Charisse said...

Hey chica - I am right there with you. Moms always get the nasty blame. Doesn't matter who is around or what we were tending to before hand. We are the culprits. And I think we should PROTEST!!!

But - he is a cutie pie. And he knew you were busy and he just wanted to be clean. :-)

Check out my blog for another example of bad parenting. My daughter fell asleep in the bathroom. While I was elsewhere. Not tending to her, apparently.

confused homemaker said...

(((hugs))) sounds like the day leading up to it needed some hugs sent your way, postmortem. and yes everyone has those days.

TKW said...

Hey, he's happy in there...I see no problem! Hope today is less chaotic.xoxo

Shelly said...

LOL Kids do stuff, every mom has had something happen behind her back.

http://atticgirl.blogspot.com/2009/07/wordless-wednesday-puppy-love.html

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Don't explain. Really. Anybody who says they HAVEN'T experienced some similar fiasco is either a.) lying or b.) should be at their computer, writing THE definitive manual on parenting, rather than lecturing other mothers.

Personally, I'm sure it's the first option. :)

Adorable!!!

Dreamgirl said...

Cute photo!
Just stopping by from SITS wishing you a very Happy Wednesday!

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ShellSpann said...

We've all been there at some point. And hey, he's clean!! :)

Jennifer said...

No judgement from me. I'm sure you've done enough with the "what if" moments. Man I hate those.

PropellerHeadMom said...

I thought you were just multitasking - laundry and bathing at the same time :-)

joanofalltrades said...

Funny pic! I love the way you write. Don't feel bad. My nephew almost fell head first into the bath tub and I was actually in the bathroom with him. *Note to self: need mor practice b4 having children.

The Redhead Riter said...

Yes, he is quite adorable totally clothed.

☼ Happy Wednesday ☼

ck said...

Better to have clothes on in the tub than naked with floaters.

And seeing how I'm now an expert on the latter, I can say that with shameful authority.

Jamie said...

Deny, Deny, Deny I like it!! Great picture so all is well! :)

The Blonde Duck said...

You poor thing!

Popped in from SITS!

I'm Just Sayin' - Kerri said...

That picture is adorable. Clearly he is fine, and looks to be enjoying himself a lot!

Mira is triplet crown said...

Oh for goodness' sake. Those kids. Just can't tell what they're gonna do next. Remind me to put a booby trap on the bathroom door.

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

Oh my goodness, what a little handful! That totally sounds like something my younger daughter would do...

Brooke said...

Ha! This is great - babyproofing is such a joke, isn't it? Sometimes you just gotta laugh at stuff like this, or you'd go nuts.

angie said...

No way was that your fault! :)

Kathy B! said...

He does look awfully sweet sitting there fully clothed and covered in those bubbles!!

You'll look back on this and laugh some day... or at least that's what they tell me!

blueviolet said...

First the worry, then the scolding, then the omg, that's the cutest thing ever!

Good job on being Wordless. ;0

Alicia said...

who's chastising? i'm laughing!! and hey, at least you got a cute picture out of the deal, right? and did you watch more to love??? i'm addicted!

faemom said...

Great post! I whole-heartedly agree with the Dad-handicap. And I love the pic. This is the reason I believe the TV is helpful in babysitting.

Gibby said...

Dear God, the last thing I would do is chastise! Especially after reading your tweets that night! (I am sort of chuckling, though, but that's no where as bad as chastising, is it?

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