Sod’s Law!

My folks were here for the weekend and it was awesome. My Dad hasn’t seen Ava in almost 5 months, so it was a big surprise for him and to a lesser degree my Mom to see how much Ava has grown and developed. My Mom saw Ava a month ago but even in that short time she has changed… ALOT!

We’re still going through a really difficult phase with her. I probably shouldn’t complain, she’s still a relatively easy baby and I know a lot of parents out there have it far harder than we do. But it’s not easy when one has had an easy baby to suddenly be faced with an unhappy little sausage. Her day time sleep routine has gone for a ball of shit! Mostly, I think due to the fact that her gums are so sore she won’t take a dummy, so she can’t self soothe and is battling to sleep during the day. Getting her down in the evenings is also proving difficult, I’m just really glad to that she’s still at least, sleeping through. Her nose is still a bit snotty and I’m so grateful for a fellow Mom’s recommendation of the Baby-Vac, that has got to be by far the greatest baby gadget ever invented and gives Ava a full day of relief. Her gums are extremely swollen but still no blasted teeth, I wish they would just come now, so I could have my easy-going, easy to please baby back.

Yesterday was a tough one, not only was she difficult, but she also started with a somewhat runny tummy. Most odd for a child that usually battles constipation! Because my folks were here we decided to spoil them to a nice lunch at Casalinga. About an hour before leaving for lunch, she has such a massive poop that we had to change her clothes before leaving for lunch. Just as we arrived at Casalinga, again, another massive accident. The thing that really pisses me off is how unbaby friendly these places are. They have a trampoline, jungle gym and jumping castle out in the huge gardens but NO baby changing facilities. So I had to change Ava’s nappy on the fancy couch in the ladies rest room, to the utter disgust of other patrons using the bathroom. Of course, she was lying on a changing mat but still, she had poop all up her back and down her legs, we literally had to strip her naked.. and then sod’s law… I didn’t have any wet wipes with me! Thankfully I did have Pigeon Hang and Face wipes, so landed up washing her entire body down with a pack of those. All the while she’s screaming bloody murder. So there we are in what is voted SA’s best Italian restaurant, surrounded by the sumptuous surroundings, while my baby stands on their couch in the lady’s room and screams her lungs out and the smell of poop permeates the bathroom.  And sod’s law again…. the only change of clothes I had with me was one summer vest and one winter onsie, let me just add at this point, Jo’burg went straight into summer time temps yesterday with the temp peaking at 30 degrees so it was bloody hot! What to do? Nothing too it really, except sit in your vest with your pretty socks and shoes in a 5 star Italian restaurant!

Nice - Sitting @ The Lunch Table In Underwear!I reckon they were pretty happy to see the back of us… given that when Ava did fall asleep a breeze had come up and she was sleeping only in her vest and me, bad mommy, had forgotten to bring a blanket with so we landed up using their linen napkins as a blankie!

Oh how the times have changed!


  • ksmind

    August 30, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I’m sure it must have been horrible for you! but it makes for a really funny story to an outsider (who’s been there countless times!!!) in retrospect.. I think she looks gorgeous in her vest – seems like perfectly appropriate attire to me 😉 Well done for surviving yet another mothering milestone! xxx

  • lea2109

    August 30, 2010 at 7:30 am

    And she still looked adorable :-). I’m sure you’ll have your happy little sausage back really soon (although soon she won’t be so happy sitting still anymore and then you’ll be armed with a bag full of toys, books and all sorts to keep her entertained 😉 )

  • mozzie01

    August 30, 2010 at 7:44 am

    My friend, she still looked super styling in her vest and bowband!!! 🙂 Let me tell you…runny poo = TEETH!!! They’ll be here in no time!!!
    x x x x

  • adeleida

    August 30, 2010 at 9:06 am

    The thought of being caught without wet wipes with a up-the-back poop nappy… HORRIFYING. But surely good for a laugh, say, twenty years later… maybe a bit longer…

    Teething sucks, doesn’t it. I’m having some success with a Prodol/Vidol combo but the best solution of all seems to be showing her a Winny The Pooh movie. Whatever works for you girl…

  • trishdg

    August 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Oh no Sharon, how crappy! Been there and done that plenty times with my boys. At first I used to lose my appetite now I am so used to it, I wash my hands and continue eating my meal – haha. Oh and the teething thing – my 19month old is still an unhappy little sausage with some runny nappies as he gets his molars! When does this end? I don’t remember any teething issues with my now 3 year old. It seemed like I just noticed one day that he had all his teeth or I maybe have blocked out all the teething stuff eeek!

  • charminka

    August 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Crappy for you – I am sure – but I was giggling on this side when reading the story! Can just picture it 🙂 Chancia is also busy teething – I feel your pain sister!! Good luck!

  • pandoragelb

    August 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Yep, after our last trip to a restaurant, we think we will have to settle for Spur in future!!
    And they know when to poop! Always in places that have no proper facilities, and there are sooo many of those! Or in the car as you pull into the mall’s parking. I have changed a poo nappy in restaurant that had nothing in the way of facilities, had to lay her across my lap and change her, the floor was not an option. Couldn’t do that now, as soon as they are mobile you need 5 hands!!

  • orbit365

    August 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    LOL…this story cracked me up. Completely. Only because I have so been there. Eventually I got to the point where I would not go to a place that wasn’t child friendly – I even used to call ahead of time.
    The times have definitely changed for you!

  • Hanneke C

    August 31, 2010 at 9:30 am

    lol – I think all mums can relate and tell stories of being caught ‘short’! I forgot miss 7’s doll that she sleeps with every night on our weekend away! duh! A few tears were shed, ah well you get that. I hope that the teeth come through soon.

  • catluvagp

    August 31, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Ha Ha Sharon, you are so funny, reminds me of the first time I went out with Erin, as luck would have it, I forgot totally to pack a change of clothes for her so when she did one of those lovely breastfed pooh’s that totally saturated her clothes, I ended up bringing her home in her big brother’s t-shirt. I still don’t check the clothes in the baby bag often enough, the other day I discovered I still had a 6 – 12 month change of clothes in there for Thomas who is now 16 months. I have one of those plastic crates in my car now with a blankie for each of them, wet wipes and nappies, sun hats, ‘spoeg doeks’ and toys because I have still been known to walk out of the house without their nappy bag – when will I learn LOL.

  • catluvagp

    August 31, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    PS talking about child un-friendly places, Cresta which used to have quite a nice babies change room has gone to the dogs, was there on Sunday and the changing mats and the cushions from their couch had either been stolen or stupidly sent for washing over a weekend which should be their busiest time.


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