Broken bones, a bath and a toddler

April 27, 2013

Sometimes despite your best efforts, things don’t quite go to plan. Like looking after your toddler when you have a broken wing.

Whilst you can master doing things one handed, aided on occasions by your thighs, changing a toddler’s nappy is not possible. Nor is bathing or dressing. Thankfully Daddy got POD ready before setting off for London so I just needed to organise myself.

It became apparent, after POD stirred prunes with such vigor they flew out of the bowl like slugs, it might be a challenging three hours. Undeterred we headed upstairs so POD could play with her toys and I could have a bath. She loves playing with her wooden kitchen and vegetables. Not to mention the self named dollies Boadicea, Bob and Rice.

Having established Daddy was at a meeting, not in Tesco, attention quickly diverted to the running bath.

“Bath” Yes Mummy’s going to have a bath

“Mummy have shower” No Mummy’s having a bath today

“My bath” You had a bath last night, Mummy’s having a bath now

“Mummy get in shower” Mummy can’t get her arm wet so she has to have a bath

“No arm, have shower” Mummy’s having a bath [steps in cautiously, gets comfortable and rests wing on side of bath]

“Mummy got Mickey Mouse in bath” Here you go you have Mickey

“Mickey bouncing on bath” You be careful of Mummy’s arm [moves arm out of danger]

“Wash Mummy hair” No let Mummy do it [catches cup of water before it’s released]

“Anamanals” Yes the animals are all there, Mummy doesn’t need them in the bath

“Whale, crab, starfish, penguin…another whale, duck fish…big duck” No more animals, Mummy’s got enough now

Bath fun over, POD’s bedroom bound where she happily feeds vegetables to her dollies.

“Mummy I take trousers off” No don’t take your trousers off [releases thigh from Mickey’s slide, gets out of bath]

“Mummy I got no socks on” Put your socks back on [speeds up one handed drying]

“Mummy I done a poo” Mummy’s just coming [arrives in bedroom, T-shirt round neck, boobs-a-flapping]

“I took my trousers off” I can see, have you done a poo? [confirms no poo]

“I put my socks on” Brilliant, are you going to help Mummy put your trousers back on?

“Yes I help Mummy” There’s a good girl [half an hour later retreat downstairs]

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  • Actually Mummy... April 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Oh gosh I never even attempted a bath while I had a toddler in tow. Baths are for relaxing and you can’t really do that with a host of plastic companions! 😉

    • Charly Dove April 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Wise move, it was chaotic! Relieved to come out of it in one piece 🙂

  • Bee April 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Indeed bathing with a toddler in tow seems pretty brave! Baths are currently my “me time” at the end of each day… before DaBee plonks BabBee in it as part of his night time routine! Bee x

    • Charly Dove April 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Brave and stupid with a broken arm! That’s great you have them as your me time. Great idea 🙂

  • Jen aka The Mad House April 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Even at eight and six, my boys love having baths with us. Long may it continue, however, both, toddler and broken arm……………… I am wondering just how sane you are!

    • Charly Dove April 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Bathing is great fun! The toddler and broken arm combo is definitely not something I’d recommend. I just wanted to feel clean *should have waited*