Today, WeePT is 7 months old. Wow… time flies.
I want her to stay this way…. and at the exact same time…I want to do all the rest of it. I can’t wait to see her grow! Such a strange feeling.
Last night, we introduced WeePT to the big bathtub. Her infant tub is good…but just not enough room for her to wiggle and play. Not to mention that the whole kitchen gets soaked from her splashes.
So- I filled the tub and climbed in with her so she wouldn’t slide all over the place.
She loved it. She splashed and kicked. She threw her water toys and watched them float back to her. I think she would have stayed in it all night…but Mommy was getting cold, so I know she probably was, too.
Kind of a milestone. She’s getting so big.
Anyway… I’m rambling.
When AT and I were discussing bathing her in the big tub, the “cleanliness” of the tub came up. We have 2 full bathrooms in our house, but only one actual bathtub. It’s in the bathroom that the boys use, exclusively.
Pigpen and MastaG clean their own bathroom weekly as part of their chores. That being said, let me say it again….”THEY CLEAN THEIR OWN BATHROOM.”
It’s ok. It isn’t scummy or black. There is no mildew. They do a decent job. But now…they have to share the bathroom with their SISTER. I’d say the standards are going to change some. (Well…maybe).
Before taking WeePT into the bathroom. I checked it out. Not bad. I did, however, have to do some cleaning. With bathroom soap and the scrubber.
After I cleaned the tub, I came into the living room and the following conversation occurred:
Me: Hey boys? We’re going to start bathing WeePT in the big bathtub now that she’s outgrown her baby tub. I’d like to make a suggestion.
Me: After you take your showers in the mornings, do you mind to make sure that the hairs and snot-wads are rinsed out of the tub?
Pigpen: ewwwww…Mooooommmmm (little boy giggle)
Me: I’m just saying. You two are the only ones that use it…and they have to come from somewhere. Just make sure to rinse out the tub and get the hairs off the drain. I really don’t want to touch them. Hairs… I understand. I lose hairs in the shower, too. And Dad and I have to clean them off the drain. Snot wads? You won’t find those on my shower walls. Just please clean them up if you felt the need to blow them out of your nose in the shower.
(From the other room) AT: Are you sure it’s snot?
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All I can hope is that the fear of MOM having to clean up all those “embarrassing,” personal things out of the bathtub will prod them to clean up after themselves, so I don’t have to. Fingers crossed. But I have my tub cleaner handy…just in case.
I’m not afraid for my daughter. It’ll make her tough. Sharing a bathroom with boys is not for the weak stomached. It’s not always bad. But it’s definitely something all females should have to endure before they move in with the love of their life when they find him.
I grew up with 3 brothers and we all shared a bathroom. Here are some of the things I learned:
- Get out of bed and into the shower as soon as your alarm goes off. That way, you can have hot water for your shower. I don’t know why boys take so long in the shower. But they do…
- Blowing boogers into the sink is the best way for boys to get the snot out of their noses. (Better than seeing them pick their noses)
- Use the fan. It’s there for a reason.
- Don’t use washcloths or towels that you find laying on the floor to dry your hands. (Various reasons for this)
- Don’t be surprised to find condoms hanging from the shower head. Evidently this is the best way to fill the “water balloons” that you buy in the gas station bathroom.
- Tampons can be used to soak up water that overflows from the potty. They are absorbent …gotta think outside the box, people.
- Girls “spritz” their perfume. Boys bathe in their “cologne.”
- Use PINK razors. That way, they won’t use them. : )
- Boys take things to read into the bathroom. I’ve never actually contemplated doing this, as I head to the potty…But I can say I’ve enjoyed some of the reading they leave them behind.
I’m sure there are others. The best thing to remember is > they do things differently in there… so DON’T BE SURPRISED BY ANYTHING.
I’m happy I can give/share this experience with my daughter.