Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Baby Bottoms... and other things!
This last weekend, our family went to the mall for no reason at all except to window shop, enjoy the premature Christmas decor, and let the kiddos play in the great play area there. We had a great time. Daddy, mommy were in great spirits, the boys were obedient and cooperative, and Kate rode in the stroller with no clawing to get out. These kinds of outings are rare and I cherish them when they happen. We were casually watching the kids play amongst the bazillion other children trying to keep tabs on our own. A great place for people watching - cute little toddling babies, mean kids that try to bully all the other kids into moving out of "their" spot, the spaced out little girl dressed in her Tinker-Bell Halloween costume singing and twirling amongst the craziness as if she were the only one there. Then there are the parents - even more entertaining! Some there just for a place to sit down so they can rest and wonder why they decided to bring their kid to the mall in the first place. Others busy on the phone or texting (all the while some bad guy comes and takes off with their kid knowing the parent won't even notice for a good 5 minutes!) Then there are my personal favorites: the hyper moms! Not 3 inches separates mother from child. Her hands always poised out and ready to catch her child from taking the deadly 2 foot fall from the plastic banana. Ben and I were enjoying our time and each others humorous comments about these goings-on. I looked up and the hyper mom was walking straight toward me (hands still poised) with a hysterical look on her face. All she could say was "POOP"!!!! She pointed to sweet little baby Kate who, by the way, was so pretty that day still dressed in her outfit that we had her pictures taken in earlier that evening. Kate was happily playing at the foot of plastic snoopy with a volcano of hot poop rolling up and out of her new velor pants. The poop volcano could not be stopped and was spilling out onto the floor. Ben and I looked at each other knowing that we were now the topic of everyone else's people watching. We both jumped up and ran over there. At least that is what I thought. When I got to her I realized that I was going to need some major wet wipes, so I looked to Ben who was now back where we were sitting trying to sit down. He had his mouth wide open and a look of pure disgust on his face (much like every other parent in the place). I looked at him and had to snap him back to the reality that this was HIS baby and HE needed to bring me the diaper bag. I scooped up the pile of poo and scrubbed down the crime scene, trying to be as discreet, quick, and thorough as possible -trying to act as if this was "no big deal... how funny...this happens all the time...silly baby! I tucked a few wipes down her back to try to contain the "lava" and rushed her off to save HER from HER embarrassing moment. We directly left the mall, this being the final memory of our cherished family outing. I congratulated Ben on the way out for all of his quick help in our poop crisis. What a memory! I hope all you readers got a little chuckle at baby Kate's expense! I thought I would spare you a picture and let your imaginations do the work!

12 comments:

Abby Sokul Turner said...

WOW! I think that's all I can really say!

S said...

oh my goodness! that is hilarious carissa. i loved your perspective of the playland.. how true that is of all the different personality types of parents and kids. :) what an experience for poor baby kate though! and you! :) stephen would be doing the same thing as ben if that happened so i can relate. :) i guess as a mom you've seen it all. thanks for sharing...

The Stamper Story said...

yes, "pooper scooper" should be added to our job description! way to go! I wish I could have been a spectator watching you spring into action! :) I wonder how many other bloggers out there are sharing their experience today of watching the pretty pooping girl at the playplace. Jason HATES those places btw because of the insane parents producing insane children. it's just to frustrating for him! lol!

Tim, Kristen & Megan said...

That is really funny...unless you are the parents, right?

pamela s said...

You are not alone. I've had a similar experience. :)

Carrie said...

You didn't really take a picture did you?

Andy and Davina said...

ha ha...i'm laughing because this happened at the greenbrier mall playland and we avoid that place like the plague now! good times, good times!!

Ben and Carissa said...

It's good to know I'm not alone! And no, Carrie, I did not capture this moment on film. Now that would have been good blackmail!!

Katie Barker said...

Oh - I laughed for so long as I just kept reading and kept laughing. I was laughing so much Tim had to ask me okay.Then he gradually told me to calm down... So sooo funny - especially with all your descriptive writing!

Karis said...

I needed that good laugh today. So, so funny! Cute baby Kate -- oblivious to the drama -- continuing to play...hyper mom going home to her husband with quite the story...

Travis and Becky said...

totally hilarious!! trav and i are cracking up as i am reading to him out loud. i LOVE your writing and the perspective on the play area. that's so funny that the hyper mom was the one who had to come tell you...perfect mother that she is. i bet you wanted to DIE!!! i'm so glad you were willing to share. this goes down in the record books for embarrassment =) love and miss you!!

jeileenbaylor said...

oh my! I was just leisurely reading this and enjoying a cute family bonding time - when BOOM ! I was hit with the poop story :) too funny! I was just laughing hysterically.