Friday, July 20, 2012

My Little Unhelper

I managed my bi-daily shower this morning, Caleb entertaining himself with the curtain and Emmet bouncing away in his bouncy seat on the bathroom floor.  You moms know, self care takes a back seat (in my case it's in a trailer hitched to another car) when you have young kids.  Managing a shower when you have a baby threatening to scream and a pre-schooler who might disassemble your closet is a feat of ingenuity and coordination.  So, you can imagine my irritation when, mid-shampoo, I realized that I forgot to bring my towel in the room.

So, on a lark, I screamed to my son: "Caleb, can you bring mommy a towel? It's in the towel closet right outside the door."
I can't oversell my pleasure when I heard in response: "Sure mom!"

And there it was. Could this really be that moment?  That turning point? As the warm water hit my shoulders, I luxuriated in the thought that from now on, I'd actually have a little helper.

From the endless rocking, nursing and diaper changing to the myriad grapes I've painstakingly cut in half and wet underpants I've peeled off using only two fingers, finally, I'd get some assistance in return.  And not just things like "helping" to ruin make dinner by dumping salt in the stir fry and putting away his own toys, but useful things, like helping me find my phone or maybe even organizing my finances.  Could all this be possible?

A minute later I was awaken from my reverie by a sweet voice saying helpfully, "Here you go mom."

And there was little Caleb.

Holding a bath rug.

Three hair towels later I found myself, naked and shivering in the hall fetching my own bath towel.

So, I might have to wait a little longer until I can put the little ones to work for me.  But that time is coming.  Oh yes.  It's coming Caleb...

Looking as innocent as he is unhelpful.
And, no, I do not shower with my camera. I made the poor little guy recreate the scene.


  1. Not fair to see he is unhelpful. Can you blame the. Kid for not being able to distinguish betwee an interestingly patterned bath rug and a plain ole' towel? Your time will indeed come-- one day you will come home from work and fine dinner on the table!

    1. I know - totally unfair. And that sweet pic of him just begs for someone to defend him. But it was a funny moment, and i'm struggling for blog fodder lately, given how cooped up I've been. ;)

  2. C'mon Kim couldn't you have dried yourself with a rug just this once? He looks so ptoud

    1. I know! It's pretty cute. But when you shower as rarely as I do these days, it's gotta count. ;)

  3. He really does look so proud of himself! PS I can never remember if bi-daily means twice a day or every two days. Either way you are smashing my two-kids-under-three bathing habits out of the ballpark ;)

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