I will warn you in advance, this post is about Poo, read on if you like or walk away like I wished I could have at the time....
Most Days I love being a parent, no matter how hard the day is, I still feel so blessed to have 4 beautiful healthy children. The whinging the whining, the tantrums it's all part of parenting. The messy house, the crumbs everywhere, the toilet training, it's all good. Some days though there are things that make me stop and go 'Did I really sign up for this?'.
I had one of those moments this week. In the midst of 'Happy Hour' me trying to cook dinner the Muddy Girls packing up all their hair elastics, ribbons and clips that they had spread all over the bathroom, and Muddy Bubby very proudly tottering around the house on his feet, up and walking, I heard a sentence I don't want to hear again
Muddy Pixie: 'Mum, He's got Poo on his Cup',
Me: 'Sorry, say that again'
Out comes the Pixie with Muddy Bubby's drink cup in hand 'I said he got Poo on his cup'
I looked and yes sure enough it was half covered in Poo. As I was gagging I asked how it happened, 'He put it in the toilet' she said, 'but why has it got Poo' on it I asked. 'Because I didn't flush my poo'. There quite simply, she forgot to flush, something I thought I would have taught her as a parent and reinforced over and over again, but no, it is a parenting fail, one that won't be happening again, I have repeated the phrase over and over to them since it happened 'Remember to flush'.
We disinfected everyone and the toilet, we disinfected the cup, and ran it under hot, hot, water for ages, I then washed it, and then because I can never look at it in the same way again, I threw it out. Yes I felt wasteful, but at least I don't have to look at it and gag every time I see it.
And still I think 'Did I really sign up for this?' Do you have those moments too? Please tell me I'm not alone in wondering if this was part of the deal of parenting?