Monday, December 11, 2006

Poopenheimer

The Bug hadn't pooped in 10 days and although she was peeing like a champ, she was starting to seem a bit uncomfortable; not surprising at all, really. I tried calling the doctor, but they take Friday afternoons off (lucky people). In desperation, I did what most parents do: I Googled.

After checking several reputable websites, I came to the conclusion that the best thing to do would be to give her some diluted prune juice (cue collective cries of "Ewwwwww, pruuuuuune juice!" ). I mixed one ounce of juice with two ounces of water and attempted to get her to drink it.

At first, she was enthusiastic, sucking on the bottle like it was, well, my boob. It must have taken a minute for the juice to register with her taste buds because all of a sudden, she screwed up her face and pushed the bottle right out of her mouth and glared at me. There's nothing like being glared at by a four month-old.

So I broke out the medicine dropper and spent the next couple of hours trying to coax her to drink the juice. She'd lap it up and then let half of it dribble out of her mouth. She wound up sticky, pissed off and very, very tired. I finally gave up. She got maybe an ounce into her, if that. I figured if she hadn't pooped by the morning, I'd call the doctor.

Now this is not usually a child whose poops you fail to notice. They arrive with a fanfare of farts, a gaggle of grunts and a plethora of poops. She was, until recently, a champion pooper. She seems to have morphed, however, into a stealth pooper. She sat in her exersaucer, bouncing around, smiling and happy. I picked her up to feed her and hoo boy. Poopage. Much poopage. From her thighs to the back of her neck. Ick. Of course, I stuck my hands in it when I picked her up - this is what happens when you have a stealth pooper. You're unprepared. She had an unfair advantage in the poop battle.

It's hard to wrangle a poop-covered baby. You don't want to put them against you because, ew. My clothes are already smeared with sticky hands, they don't need to have poop accessories. So I held her straight out in front of me. Poop smeared all over her head as I took the onesie off, so it was straight into the shower with her. Do you know how hard it is to hold a baby under the shower when you are fully dressed? Do you know how hard it is to wash said baby, when you're fully dresssed and the baby is slippery?

You'll be glad to hear that I didn't drop the baby, nor did I get any poop on my clothing. The exersaucer may be out of comission, though.


I feel 100% better now, mama.

26 comments:

Mamma Sarah said...

It was hard not to laugh, but I totally feel for you. Alex is one of those "you-totally-know-what-he-just-did" poopers and when they are "stealth poops" it's usually everywhere not just in the diaper.

Glad to hear the clean-up was as successful at it was and you stayed clean though it all. :-D

Shannon said...

awww what a great cute as hell picture.

10 days worth of poop is no fun.

I've been there more times than I can say...poop up the back...down the legs...around the front up to the chest!!

I can relate and empathize with this situation.

Andrea said...

It's amazing just how quickly not being able to go can just ruin a mood. Glad she got it out of her system.

Kerri. said...

Oh my goodness is that baby adorable.

Sorry about the poop. But she's damn cute.

Erica said...

She's adorable!!

10 days worth of poop - with no warning? Ack! I am truly amazed that you didn't get any on your clothing. LOL I think I'd be just as covered as the baby is said situation :-)

Erica said...

I'm illerate - I mean as the baby is in the same situation

LauraJ said...

bravos all around!

Angela said...

I am so glad she finally went for you. Sorry about the saucer!!

ADORABLE picture!!

Cat, Galloping said...

sweet coalminer used to call that thing the dumperoo!

In Search Of Balance said...

She is SO cute! Of course, I'm not on cleanup duty ;)

Oh, The Joys said...

It's what we all want for ourselves... a good poo. Is that too much to ask? I think not.

Lara said...

i'm sorry you had to deal with it, but damn that story was funny. i was cracking up, and i'm in the middle of finals week, so it's hard for me to find much to laugh about these days.

and i second the general consensus that your child is adorable. really. i'm not just saying that. er, typing that.

bubandpie said...

Bub was a once-a-week pooper at that age (not constipated, though - just a normal side effect of breastfeeding, apparently) - so when he did go, he went everywhere. So when the Pie was born I kept waiting for her to start pooping less frequently, and it just never happened - and yet she still managed to escape her diaper two poops out of three. (What she lacked in volume she made up for in velocity.)

daysgoby said...

She's beautiful!

And I remember the quiet-until-you-smell-'em poops - ick.

Rachel said...

photo caption:

"You know that surprise you called prune juice you gave me? Now I have a surprise for you!"

EC said...

LMAO! What a great story - I remember one particular one like that. It is hard to forget even after 3 years, lol.

Scott K. Johnson said...

Great story, and great picture!

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Sorry if I laugh, but you have to admit it is funny! Sort of....

Deb said...

Glad she got it out, poor thing. Sorry it was so messy, ick.

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bethany said...

exactly the story that i needed to make me laugh during the week of hell ... aka finals week ...

thank you for sharing!

And she's beautiful <3

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh! I am glad she got her business done and can be comfortable again.

Kids Storybook Crazy

Beck said...

Oh, I know what happened - see, my toddler had diarhhea for a bunch of days and obviously used up the cosmic baby poop supply. Now that she's feeling better, Nature Hath Been Restored. You're welcome.

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Sharon said...

In our house, that is referred to as a "glorious dump". Eew.

BTW, I tried to email you via the addy given on your home page, left side... it bounced back. Do you use a different one?

Jenny said...

Stealth pooper. I LOVE it! (When it doesn't happen to me, that is.)

MileMasterSarah said...

lmao. I'm sure this happened with both my kids at some point.