Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mom of the Year

Yup, I've done it again.  Won that Mom of the Year Award.  Sigh. 

Warning: Lots of mentions of poop in this post.....

So last night after we put Addy to bed she remained awake for quite awhile (maybe 20 minutes), chatting to herself in the crib.  That is quite unusual for her, as she usually falls asleep almost immediately after we lay her down.  We were sitting downstairs watching TV and the baby monitor was on so we could hear her little convos with herself. 

Then came the grunt.  I looked at Mike and asked "Do you think she's pooping?"  It would be very uncharacteristic, since she almost NEVER poops after we lay her down for the night.  But then again she's not usually awake for that long after we lay her down either. 

I was folding laundry and said "Maybe I should go and check her diaper.  After I'm done folding I'll go do that."  But by the time I was done, it was clear that she had fallen asleep.

So I thought, "Oh well, I'm sure she didn't poop."  And I didn't think about it again.  She slept for the rest of the night.

7:45 AM rolls around and Addy wakes up for the day.  Again, just chatting to herself in her crib.  Not crying or appearing upset in any way.  So I went to get her, took the diaper off, and OH. MY. GOSH!  Her poor little bottom was bright red with open areas and was weeping a little bit.  And, of course, there was poop in the diaper.

I instantly felt like the worst mother on the planet.  I literally had tears in my eyes.  I had a hunch that she might have pooped last night, but I talked myself out of it because she fell asleep.  Why, oh why, didn't I change her diaper?????  Instead I let her sit in it all night.  And that rash looks absolutely terrible.

So today, ever since she woke up, she has been rolling around naked on towels while I fan her bottom trying to dry out that weeping rash.

She has peed on four towels so far.  And pooped on one.  And played with it before I could catch her.   Good times.

But she has been so pleasant.  (Thank goodness her all time favorite thing is to be naked.)  She has only cried when she peed, because I'm sure it hurts like heck.  So I quickly wash off her bottom and then continue my job of fanning her.  I really want to dry that rash out, and then I will put some cream on to act as a barrier and help heal it.

So this morning has been filled with laundry, baths, fanning my baby's bottom, and scouring the internet for diaper rash cures. 

Poor Addy.  Like I said, Mom of the Year.

1 comment:

  1. Aww Addy's poor bottom. I'm sure 99% of parents have let things like that go in the name of sleep:)