I had a post planned for today, but then my morning started out with my 2-week old peeing in my bed, and then my toddler pooping in the tub.
If you know me, you know that I don't really embrace poop in the tub very well. I seem to handle the poopy diapers with flying colors, and I've had plenty of experience with throw up, but for some reason I just can't get past the poop in the tub. It completely disgusts me. Like I plan her baths around the likelihood of a possible poop. If she hasn't had one in a while, well then…maybe she doesn't need a bath today 🙂 So this morning, after carefully analyzing her poop activity for the last 24 hours, I decided that the poop “forecast” was looking pretty good. I pulled out the bath toys and let her party it up–bathtub style.
And then she pooped. A LOT. And without getting into details, today's was really bad.
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And when I opened the bathroom cabinet to grab some paper towels, I noticed that somehow our container of hand soap refill had spilled all over the bottom of our new wood vanity.
As I tried to decide which I should clean up first, my infant decided that this was a good moment to decide that she was starving.
Meanwhile, my toddler is running around the house in her birthday suit emptying any package of wipes that she can find, and decorating the hallways and floors with them (her favorite activity when mom is preoccupied).
And then came the thought, “oh goodness, can this day just be over already?”
And that's when the thought came. Why is it that when days start out like this, it's almost like I start looking for the next bad thing to happen? It's almost like I want to start a “list,” so at the end of the day I can check it off as an “official bad day.”
And that's when the next thought came. The thought that said, “if you were to be real honest with yourself, and looked for the good that has happened already today, you might find just as many or more good things than you have the bad.”
Like the fact that my postpartum headache and jaw pain that has been plaguing me for over a week now finally disappeared this morning.
Or the fact that my toddler somehow slept in until almost 9 this morning, leaving me feeling rested for the first time in awhile.
Or my cough and sore throat that seem to finally be going away.
Which actually means today is a pretty good day.
Sometimes we can plan, and we can analyze, and we can even check the “poop forecast”…but sometimes the poop comes anyway. And despite our best efforts, we are left with only a few choices. And usually the choices have to do with choosing which lens we are going to see things through.
Granted…poop in the tub really isn't that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.
But I use this story to portray a principle I would like to be better at: Counting my blessings and taking a positive detour when poop gets in the way of my life's plans.
So for anyone who's day took off with a rough launch, take a minute to laugh and then make the effort to make it a fabulous day. Even if that means indulging in a few peanut butter brownies to start it off right (guilty).
And speaking of kids peeing in the bed, enjoy this funny little clip. As for me, I'm off to wash my sheets.
How do you remind yourself to count your blessings or look for the positive?