Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Quick Wit and Wet Bags: Mama's Best Friends!

My oldest daughter, Aaliyah, has officially started kindergarten this year. Honestly, I’m AMAZED at how far the kindergarten education has come. I quite fondly remember simply learning letters, numbers, the fundamentals of writing, and of course story time and play time! Although we homeschool, the program we use has a very progressive curriculum. Now kindergartners are expected to learn the continents (history), all about the skeleton and inner body parts (science), money (math), artists such as Matisse and Hiroshige, along with reading fundamentals and language arts (phonics and reading) and SO much more!

A couple weeks ago we met with Aaliyah’s “teacher” who simply checks our progress and assures we’re meeting our goals, etc... We were only at the library for approximately an hour and were just about to wrap up our meeting. Aaliyah walks over and whispers the dreaded, “Mama I went pee-pee in my pants.”

UGH! Seriously? She never once asked to go potty or even indicate in the slightest that she had the need to go. Now, in the middle of the library, she’s protesting as I prevent her from removing her pants in front of everyone.

“Just WAIT a moment and I will take you to the bathroom.”

“NO Mama! My pants are wet. I HAVE to take them OFF!”

“PLEASE WAIT just a minute!”

Several whines and protest filled moments later, we’re off to the bathroom. Now, what in the world am I supposed to do?!? I had no extra clothes or panties for her (nor would I have imagined needing them for a nearly 5 year old). The fact she was willing to strip off her pants in the middle of the library without hesitation was clue enough there was NO way I’d be able to persuade her to keep the pants on until we made it to the car.

Thankfully, I had my handy dandy Planet Wise wet/dry bag in my diaper bag. So, at least I had one problem solved - something to cart her soaked jeans and panties home in! HOORAY for wet bags!

Yet, I was still baffled with what to do with my half naked daughter? Dare I let her walk out of the library with her bum (and other parts) exposed to everyone? I was tempted - but I couldn’t embarrass the both of us like that! If only she wasn’t so big - I would have forced her into the lonely bumGenius Organic All-in-One One Size diaper I had in the diaper bag!


Thankfully my quick wit has always served me well. I’ve been known to make some very clever and useful makeshift arrangements when needed... I crafted a fire extinguisher mount out of a wooden CD crate because the fire department was about to issue a fine to my employer since they failed to “mount” the fire extinguisher. Surely I could find something. AHA! Toilet seat covers and toilet paper! Minutes later Aaliyah was sporting a new skirt and belt!

Not my greatest accomplishment mind you, but I was certainly proud of my handy work!
I wholeheartedly appreciate my cloth diaper accessories, such as the indispensable wet bag - how did I ever live without having one of these always on hand?

23 comments:

Pumpkin Bear said...

Wow, that is some good improvisation! I guess necessity really does inspire creativity.

Chic Mama said...

Darn impressive! Nice work!

Attila & Tamara said...

Oh my! You are so clever, seriously! The skirt is pretty cute!
I love my wetbag, too! Actually, I am trying to convince my husband that we need 2 more!

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness! That is so funny! What an inventive mommy!

Jenney said...

Oh my gosh! This is a great story! What did her teacher say???

rocketgurl said...

HA!! Like they say, necessity breeds creativity. Great idea!! Thank goodness for toilet paper & seat covers!!

Savannah said...

That. Is. HILARIOUS!

Yara said...

well it's a good thing there was toilet covers & paper available for you. I love your creativity!

Joshua and Stephanie said...

Wow, you are so smart!!! I would have been so tempted to make her keep on the wet ones but you came up with an alternate plan!!!! I may have to get me a wet bag!!!

Christian, Rachel and Savannah Baldree said...

Oh my gosh! That story and picture are CLASSIC! Thanks for sharing!!!

Alicia said...

I'm truly impressed. As a drama teacher, I always need to create with what's at hand.

Mindy said...

LOVE this! So clever. Love that you got a picture!

Beccalynn said...

That's hilarious!!!

Emily said...

I showed my husband this post and we both laughed so hard! You handled this situation very well and should be commended!

Cloth Diapers Too! said...

Too funny! Very quick thinking there!Reminds me of the day I took a 4 year old and her 10 year old sister to the zoo in DC. We had driven about 30 minutes when the 4 year old announced that her stomach hurt. Before I could pull over, she had thrown up all over herself and my brand new car. We were almost at the zoo, so I simply stripped her shirt off and marched her through the zoo to the t-shirt stand. Problem solved. 10 year old mortified, hissing "They are going to think she is a BOY!" Glad though, in her case, her pants were dry!

Crystal said...

I bet no one even noticed it wasn't a frilly "princess" skirt! I would never have thought of something so creative!

Crystal

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Anna said...

very ingenious!

anastasiadenton said...

"Some times you're the windshield, some times you're the bug. Some days it all comes together baby....."

Uh yep definitely not your finest moment, but then again maybe it was? Just depends on how you see it, lol! As my German neighbors would say "Very Clever"!

As for wetbags, uh yeah ALWAYS carry one, til like middle school, lol! After my kids outgrow them it will come in great for the dog, lol!

Christina's Cookies said...

Wow! Thats hilarious! I never would have thought of doing that! Good job mama!

Diana said...

I love this story! I also love that you had you camera with you and could capture 'the moment'.

ONCE upon a time.... said...

You are incredibly smart and inventive! I cannot even think what i would have done....very, very good idea!! This is reason enough for me to start carrying extra clothes at least in the diaper bag.....i had thought we were past this stage now that my son is 18 months and we have not had a diaper "blowout" since we started using cloth....but now i'm thinking i'll throw some extra things in the car just in case! thanks for sharing! --camille

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Ha! Too funny! Only a blogger would think in that moment to take a picture of her handiwork. :)

kylem said...

nice work serena! i always carry my wet bag with me. i love them and somehow i have limited myself to owning only two! ;)