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Monday, July 23, 2007

At least it wasn't poop this time...

My office nook is right next to the girl's bathroom, so I often fill up the tub, and catch up on computer stuff while they are bathing. If it gets quiet (a rarity), I call their names to make sure they are still alive. Before I put them in the tub, I glance around: no razers, no toxic cleaners, nothing dangerous. I didn't realize that a stack of kleenex boxes would get me.

I am guessing how it happened was Poopy saw them stacked on top of a box of pullups on the floor, and decided to just throw them in the water. I think after that, the kleenex box absorbed the water to the point of breaking, and all of a sudden there was building materials. With three brand new boxes of 300 count kleenexes, imagine the joy she experienced as she built her kleenex castles around the perimeter of the tub.

When I went in to check on her, I stifled a scream, took a breath, and ran for the camera. I should have let her keep playing...I would have gotten a lot more done...but instead, I cleaned it up, like every good mommy should.


  • What a FANTASTIC mess! Love it. I mean...I love that it didn't happen to me...although, I'd probably react the same way you did.

    After further examining the picture...I'm toying with the idea of GIVING my kids a box of tissues in the bath to play with. It looks like so much fun!

    No...rational thought has returned. I will NOT be giving them a box of tissues in the bath. Just bubbles.
    posted by Blogger chloe at 7/23/2007 01:55:00 PM  

  • Yeah, I say let her keep playing. Those pictures are awesome. At least kleenex aren't that expensive or anything.
    posted by Anonymous Beth at 7/23/2007 02:27:00 PM  

  • yeah, when i was a kid, to protest getting my hair washed, the toilet paper roll was in arms reach, and i T.P'ed my head in protest with the whole roll! my dad was thrilled~j/k!!!!
    posted by Anonymous vicki at 7/23/2007 03:13:00 PM  

  • Imagine if it had been diapers and all the little gel beads were everywhere...

    Glad you took a picture, though, because it's hilarious and cute at the same time; something you'll probably never forget. :)
    posted by Blogger Cheryl at 7/23/2007 06:31:00 PM  

  • Going off the diaper mess comment,

    I don't know how, but somehow a diaper got tossed in the washing machine last week - the gel beads were everywhere - in every nook and crany of all the clothes...luckily a few spins in the dryer got rid of most of it. I just hope it was a CLEAN diaper.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 7/23/2007 07:13:00 PM  

  • beth, actually, I think kleenex is a little expensive, and so that was actually my first reaction. I think I got 6 boxes for around 12 bucks (which is better than the 3.50 or so one individual box is at the grocery store), but I was still upset that I lost 3 lovely knew boxes of kleenex. sniff.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 7/23/2007 07:22:00 PM  

  • It does look like fun! And it's great that you took a picture. Pumpkin got into my mascara the other day, jabbing it all around her eyes. I just had to take a picture of her and her "don't I look so pretty" face before telling her not to touch mommy's makeup. Though I am sure the 5 minutes of scrubbing the waterproof make-up off her face was lesson enough.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 7/24/2007 10:04:00 AM  

  • I guess I meant expensive in terms of "it could've been a lot worse" type of thing. Toddlers can get into so many EXPENSIVE THINGS (like my Kiehl's lotion for example :) That stinks.
    posted by Anonymous Beth at 7/24/2007 11:31:00 AM  

  • HA HA HA, ha ha ha, ah!
    posted by Blogger happy nanny at 7/24/2007 01:04:00 PM  

  • The girl is a sculptress.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 7/24/2007 02:38:00 PM  

  • She looks very angelic amidst all that goo!!! I think I would have let her play longer just to give myself some extra me time...the deed was already done as far as the mess goes.

    Anon: We also accidently washed a diaper in with our sheets (luckily it was clean). Unfortunately we did it at our Astoria laundromat and the elderly Greek owners yelled and yelled at my DH and made him clean up the mess many times over. That was the end of getting DH to do the laundry at our house ;-(
    posted by Blogger Jen at 7/24/2007 05:25:00 PM  

  • Kage,

    I cannot help but worry about you putting pictures of your little girl onto the internet that show her full face and show her standing nude. You have so much personal information on the internet and are in the media. Please, Kage, for the sake of you and your kids, please deliberately crop these pictures so they are not so exposing.

    Does someone really need to lecture you about how many wackos and freaks are on the Internet? I mean, come on, Kage. Love you, but sometimes I really have to wonder why you are putting so much private stuff online.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 7/25/2007 05:27:00 AM  

  • Oh, that is hysterical. Way to show your Mom, Poopy! Never underestimate the power of Poopy!
    posted by Blogger Katie at 7/25/2007 06:27:00 AM  

  • I agree with anon. Your little ones are precious. But their are people who prey on that stuff and could track you down pretty easily. You have given so many clues about yourself and where you live. Be careful.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 7/25/2007 03:09:00 PM  

  • What I think is so weird about people who say they really "love" you but cannot put a name to their comment about you putting your child's face online.

    Love the post and it makes me remember to take pictures of these moments.

    If I have something to say that is controversial and I choose to put a comment on, I promise I will put my name.
    posted by Blogger Moth-Woman at 7/28/2007 05:19:00 PM  

  • I am just a friend of a friend looking at this site but guess I don't understand if you are all such good friends, why wouldn't you (anonymous)just phone Kage up with the concern about the picture of her little one?

    It is scary though -- this isn't available just to a circle of close friends as it would be if it was a written journal being passed on.
    posted by Blogger Susan at 7/28/2007 09:26:00 PM  

  • I doubt that Anon is any kind of a friend to Kage...
    posted by Blogger chloe at 7/28/2007 09:38:00 PM  

  • ladies, ladies. (I am assuming everyone is a lady).
    I have been ignoring the comments about child predators because I am not concerned.

    Actually, happy nanny reacted to your posts in this way: she did a diligent search to try to find out where I live based on the info on the blogs, and she couldn't find anything accurate. Phewsh...now I can sleep at night.

    Seriously, thanks for your concern, but everything's ok. The photos I posted are of a little baby having fun in the tub. There are thousands of blogs, full of cute photos of their kids. I have lived in the city for 5 years and already been abducted on the subway twice, threatened to be killed by my neighbor, and survived meningitis. My everyday life poses much more risk than blogging.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 7/29/2007 05:42:00 AM  

  • That does look seriously fun. My two year old tried a version of that with the entire roll of toilet paper in the toilet yesterday. I didn't realize it until she came to me and said she couldn't get make the toilet flush. Luckily I got there in time to save myself having to call the plumber.

    A fun bathtime addition? Food coloring. I keep 4 or 5 colors in the bathroom and every bath gets to be a different color.
    posted by Blogger Sarah at 8/08/2007 10:37:00 AM  

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