Thursday, March 5, 2009

Down the drain.

I'm not one of those moms who bathe regularly. My kid, I mean; bathe my kid regularly. (Although, I don't get a daily shower, either. But that's another Mother's Lament.) Really, he only needs it about every other day, if that. And in all honesty, I HATE baths. Ever since Bug was born, I have washed his pink, little body with a shower. It is so fast. A wipe with a cloth, a little bit of soap, a spray down rinse-Voila! Done! I know, there are so many moms who plop their kiddos in the tub, promptly at 7:32pm, give them bubbles, toys, and sheer happiness. They stay in there until half an hour later, when the bubbles are gone, the water is cold and their bodies are wrinkled. But, I'm really not interested in letting my kids play in the bath tub, while I kneel on the hard bathroom floor, with my sleeves rolled up, while getting drenched to the bone trying to keep anyone from drowning. Until my kids can take a bath on their own, I'd rather them just take a shower with me. I don't have to worry about getting my clothes wet, and I don't have to worry about wasting time. (Plus, the thought of my child excreting anything in the bath water totally freaks me out!)

Usually, when I give Bug a shower, I wipe down his face with a wash cloth, then I give it to him to distract him while I wash the rest of his body. Recently, Bug has entered the stage of development where he likes to put things IN and take things OUT. Wherever, whatever. IN, OUT. Unfortunately, our bathtub doesn't have a drain stopper. There is a nice, open hole for the water to drain. It is very enticing to Bug. And, no matter how quickly I wash him, he will make it to the drain with his wash cloth and try to put it IN. Then I have to, quickly, take it OUT before it necessitates a call to the plumber. All while trying to soap up and/or rinse Bug's slippery body. And, boy oh boy, does it make him M.A.D. when I take his wash cloth OUT of the drain. It makes him so mad, that he just has to get that wash cloth back IN.

4 comments:

Goldibug said...

I hear ya when it comes to giving your kids a bath more than three times a week. I understand that when they are older they're going to need one more often than that but until then we moms need a break and so does our babies skin. I also hate giving baths. It takes so much time and you really can't leave them for even a minute. I'd be in a whirl of trouble if I left my kids in the bath. They both have so much energy that I know they'd hurt themselves! When my hubby comes home from work to take a shower we usually let the kids take a shower with him since they're all boys. After they're all washed up and the nasties are rinsed down the drain my hubby plugs the tub for them to play and splash for 10-15 minutes. This gives me a little 'mommy time'. I also love that all their splashes don't make a huge wet mess since the shower curtain remains pulled. As for the drain you might be able to pick up a simple drain cover at your local hardware store. I believe I've seen them at Ace Hardware but I'm not sure if Ace is located where you are :) Enjoy mommyhood!

Melinda said...

Thats so cute!! I'm sure not for you, but such a cute story to hear! ;)

Karena said...

I love showering the babies...so much easier.

Rachel said...

I am so with you on hating to give kids baths. It is so much work and is necessary at the WORST part of the day when all I want to do is collapse. I'm glad someone else feels like I do!