After finding said diaper, I abandoned my previous mission of cleaning house and doing laundry and set out to find an answer to this burning question.
I have two sons, a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old and even though the older son is a crafty little fellow, his attention is typically focused on trains, Pringles and trying to convince me our iPad is his and therefore, he can decide when he plays it. So, I was pretty sure my youngest, Jack, was the culprit. I checked with the older son and my suspicions were confirmed.
I wandered through the house looking for Jack and as I went from room to room, I realized I hadn’t seen him in a few minutes. Never a good sign.
I went to his favorite no-no spot – the hallway bathroom – and hit pay dirt. He was proudly standing there, chewing on the lid of a shampoo bottle he had wrestled out of the bathtub.
Usually at this point in motherhood, I have a “good grief!” moment, followed by me asking the 1-year-old why he does such things, and then stupidly waiting for a response. But as I took the shampoo away from him and he gave his usual battle cry, letting me know he really, really wanted that shampoo bottle, I had a different thought: maybe I should put my chores on hold.
This isn’t my first rodeo- I’ve had a toddler before, but when I’m home on the weekends, it feels like I should be making up for all the housework I didn’t get finished the week before and maybe, just maybe, get ahead some for the coming week. But what I had so conveniently forgotten is children have a way of reminding you to slow down. It’s not always as dramatic as a diaper in the fridge, but when your child is chewing on a shampoo bottle while you’re doing laundry, it may be time to re-prioritize.
In the end, I wound up taking the boys outside to play and I picked up the house some during nap time. I never did get back to the laundry. Maybe I’ll do it tonight or maybe we’ll all be wearing our “back-up” outfits 'til next weekend. Either way, I feel like I made the right choice. After all, they’re only small once and let’s face it: I’m never going to get completely caught up on house work. But if I have to choose between dirty laundry or a diaper in the fridge, I’ll choose laundry any day.
Aleshia Howe is mother to two boys and Communications Specialist at Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation and Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation.