What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of change?
Diapers, right? Me too.
I hate changing diapers. Hate is such a strong word and yet so appropriate here. Hate it. My definition of hell is as follows:
Absence of God and unending dirty diaper changing.
There are so many people out there who just love changing diapers -what's that you say? you hate changing diapers too? strange, i thought i was the only one.
Diapers - is on my list of top 5 reasons not to have a third child.
My psyche has tried to protect me from this by affecting my sense of smell. Ninety percent of the time, I am the last to smell the dirty diaper. Although I can smell food and tell you with great accuracy which herbs are in it - I can smell wine and tell you the country of origin and - in the case of the French - the region. I can't smell dirty diapers.
Dog poo on the trail? No big deal. Change the litter box? Sure, I don't mind. I'll even do grosser stuff like clean a fish. Changing diapers just gives me the hibbety jibbeties. Blech.
You might be thinking, get over yourself, grow up and just change them. You have a good point. And I do, ultimately, change the dirty diapers. As the stay at home parent, in fact, I change almost all of them. But they are certainly the crappy part of my day.
You can give a man to fish (change his diaper) or teach a man to fish (potty training).
Ah, the joys of potty training. Because now you are not just cleaning up your child's poop all day, you're cleaning up his "accidents" all over the house. With Gabriel I tried training him young, to no avail. Finally when he turned three I said, "you are just going to do it or you will get a spanking." He did it. I think there might have been just two accidents (no psanking for true accidents). This is a technique I learned from my Sri Lankan friends. In Sri Lanka, children are potty trained by 18 months.
What's a mom to do? Make the change to potty training eight months early just so I can stop changing diapers? Hmmm.... that's not a bad idea!
(read the other spinners too!)