This little girl has no idea how much I love her. After today, especially. We had a pretty good morning, nap, play date with a little friend, crunchy peanut butter and apple jam sandwich, goldfish and then another nap! Yay for nap time!
She ended up taking a second nap today, the first was maybe 40 minutes, but she was upstairs for about an hour and a half, most of the non sleep time, singing. The second time, there was much less singing and a bit more sleeping, maybe an hour’s worth. She woke up, and we heard a thump. Then some tipy-toe feet and then a bit of crying. I went to get her, and found her looking very upset and embarrassed, sitting in the middle of a huge mess. She had had an accident in her sleep, and tried to put on a new pair of underwear, and then, when that didn’t work, a pull-up. Without actually taking off her pants and underwear.
I couldn’t believe how much of a mess she had made. It was like there was poop everywhere, her pillow, the bed frame, her new crocheted blanket, the floor. Oh, god. The carpet.
Up to today, she’s not attempted to hide or clean up her accidents, though she’s always deeply upset by them. To be fair, she’s not really had that many of them. Most times, it’s just pee, and even then, only really at nap time, since she’s not really ready to go overnight yet.
Anyway, I got her into the bath tub and peeled all four layers of clothes off. She kept asking me to not be upset. I told her, repeated, that I wasn’t upset, but that we did need to get her cleaned up. I told her that it was an accident. We don’t get mad over accidents. I did say that I wish she had called us up before she tried to fix it, to take care of it. That she had made a bit of a mess that there might not have been, if there was someone helping her. That it’s ok to ask for help, that sometimes everyone needs help.
All of her bedding is in the machine, with the crochet blanket waiting for the next round. Fingers crossed that it comes through a wash ok. I think that’s was I was most upset about. That she got poop her the blanket I crocheted for her. The carpet? Well, somehow we can get that cleaned up – I think I got most of it cleaned up.
One good thing did come out of this, she actually enjoyed the shower after much protesting. I explained that the handheld shower would be the best thing instead of a bath for this clean up. She’s asked to take a shower this week instead of a bath. She’s getting so big.