I'm surrounded. All around me, I am truly in the land of P. There are two things that start with the letter P that surround me all the time: pee and poop. Both have been a constant since I gave birth to my first son over five years ago with the addition of my middle son three years ago and now with my latest son who was born this past March. It's not like this surprises me. I've surrendered to the fact that I'm going to have deal with these two elements for a good seven years, at least. It just that these days I really feel it because both have taken on various different forms and its just so constant.
With my 5 month old, I've got the usual baby pee and poop in which the poop ranges from every shade of green and yellow, from the seedy to the clay varieties. And depending on what the baby takes in whether it be breastmilk or formula, it's anyone's guess what will come out of him, though I've notice the poop stench is much stronger when he drinks in formula.
Then there's my 3 year old whose pee is pretty standard, though his poop is pretty intense and atrocious, most times. Not to mention, the amount of it just astounds me and my hubby and anyone who has ever changed a poopy diaper of his in the past. The amount of waste he ejects can rival that of any adult male. I'm not kidding. Now he's potty training and so the pee and poop are no longer in his diaper but in other places as well. When it ends up in the potty, it's a truly joyous moment. Especially the poop. He gets 2 cookies if he poops in the potty, 3 if he doesn't need me to prod him to go and goes all on his own. Not only as a form of encouragement to say "please, please, continue to poop in the potty like a big boy" but also as a form of gratitude to say "thank you for sparing me the job of having to clean up the floor or bed after you." However, there are those moments when I am on my knees wiping up the floor or pulling off the latest bedsheet. Like at least once every other day.
Then there's my 5 year old whose pee and poop, I technically shouldn't have to face anymore since he is using the toilet in the standard way. However, many a time, in his haste to get back to the latest road he's built out of tracks and blocks or the show he was watching on t.v., he forgets to flush the potty. Hence I end up walking into the bathroom, a good two hours later and smelling the most horrible of stenches. Looking in the toilet bowl, I find the culprit: my kid's latest dump which has been "stewing" so to speak. Not to mention the countless times I'm pulling off or drying bedsheets from his latest nighttime overflow. He still hasn't mastered staying dry at night consistently. And that's okay. I'm here for him and will be until he does, whenever that will be.
I really am surrounded.
Throwing away a diaper or trainers (i.e. pull-ups) at least once/twice every other hour. I looked in my trash can the other day and these items made up most of the trash. Not to mention the baby wipes I use to wipe those precious bottoms.
What's amazing, though there are still those yuck moments where I get really grossed out by what I see, is how much I can tolerate the constant pee and poop. Now honestly I couldn't tolerate it if I had to do it for a living. I truly admire nurses and caretakers. And I definitely couldn't tolerate the sight of pee along the wall of a building or poop on the sidewalk or in grassy, weedy places (as you well know about me from my previous post). Yet somehow, I can tolerate it when it comes out of my children. Unlike my hubby, who gags pretty much every other time he has to change a diaper or deal with an "accident", I face the Ps head on with a cool, almost professional-like detachment. Is it because, though the waste product can be nasty and downright horrendous, my little creatures who emit them are so amazingly adorable (a mother's bias of course)? How can I stop my heart from melting from the sweet smile that crosses my 3 year old's face as the pee shoots out of him or the toothless grin from my 5 month old as the last of the poop leaves his bottom during a diaper change?
Besides, with every pee and poop I face, am I not building character or at least fortifying an already strong stomach? Hey, if I can stare down the sometimes green-black goo that comes pouring out of the bottom of my 3 year old (what did he eat??), I can face just about anything gross can't I? Except, fungus/mold, maggots, slugs, pink vomit...anyway...
I'm not complaining. I embrace my duty. I'm just amazed at the endless pees and poops that I'm experiencing in every way shape and fashion these days. I know someday this will all be a thing of the past that I will look back on with fondness, right?
As I'm typing this, I look up and see a huge stream of pee coming from my potty-training 3 year old, spraying out like a fountain and covering an area of my dining room the size of a standard welcome mat as he stands staring in amazement. He looks just as stunned as I feel. And then I just sigh, quickly getting up.
It really is like 24/7.
"Potty!" I say. "Potty. Go to potty now. Sit. Sit!" as I point him over to the little red potty seat by our fireplace. He runs his little wet feet over to the potty as I inwardly cringe at the footprints he's made. As I side step the huge puddle of pee, I notice he even got some on the play mat. Okay. Such is my world...
All I can say is, thank goodness for hardwood floors, heavy duty paper towels, sweet smelling antibacterial soap, and silly after-pee/poop smiles as I brace myself (yet again) to face the pee head on.