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September 30, 2004

Refreshing AND Low in Calories

There comes a point in a family's life when the parents must draw the line on the children bathing together.

I've reached that point. I arrived there last night, when we put Scotty M. into his pre-bedtime bath with the Ngnat. As always, my son's Pavlovian--and immediate--response to the warm water embrace of his lower extremities was to release the yellow hounds of bladder control and pee all over the tub, a look of beatific calm on his face. Ngnat loved it. She always does. It's the bath time equivalent of a floor show for her. Occasionally she asks for Scotty to join her in her ablutions specifically to watch him irrigate the tiles.

Her fascination with watching her little brother pee is somewhat off-putting, but at least understandable. Children are curious beasts. Worse is her tendency to absentmindedly drink the bathwater afterwards. Scotty does the same, except it isn't absentminded on his part and there's nothing I can do to stop him short of taking away the toys--a move that would end in misery, howling and a surrender on my part almost Gallic in its swiftness.

Ngnat I can at least remonstrate with, for all the good it does.

"Don't drink your bath water!" I told her last night. "There's pee-pee in that water. Do you like drinking pee water?"

She looked at me, considering.

"Yes."

She is one with the Ollie. Not much I can do then, save declaring a provisional and largely unenforceble end to co-ed bathing in the Hraka household for those below a certain age.

In answer to the obvious question, no, there is no ban on co-ed bathing for the older members of House Hraka, but given the presence of the younger members of House Hraka, there might as well be.

Posted by Bigwig at September 30, 2004 02:56 PM | TrackBack
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The day after we brought Hooper home from the hospital, I was changing him with Victoria, then not quite 3, standing next to me when he launched an arc of fluid into the air and onto his big sister.

She laughed out loud, almost uncontrollably. "Daddy," she said, "Hooper PEE-PEED on me!" She thought it was the funniest damn thing she'd ever seen. She wouldn't think it was funny now, but she still recalls that event and still thinks it was funny at the time.

Posted by: Lex at October 1, 2004 04:04 PM

"..howling and a surrender on my part almost Gallic in its swiftness."

Ummm, was that a swipe at Kerry?...

or is it just me?

Posted by: Sully at October 3, 2004 12:26 PM

I say this as a childless (but hopefully not for long!) woman who remembers sharing a tub with my little sister:

1) Count your blessings -- the younger sibling does not always restrict output to the liquid variety, if you get my drift.

2) Bubble bath is great fun, and as a bonus for Mom and Dad, it makes the bath water taste yucky! At ant rate, I don't recall drinking bath water. If kids' skin is sensitive to "Mr. Bubble" type bubble bath (ours was), most shampoos work pretty well as bubble bath.

Hope this helps!

Posted by: Mary in LA at October 5, 2004 04:20 AM

ant --> any
PIMF...

Posted by: Mary in LA at October 5, 2004 04:22 AM
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