So, you may recall that we are deep into Potty Training time with Shorty #2. We were on a roll, it was going great. Until tonight. Tonight we suffered… a set back. A small set back. Ok, it was more like one small setback and another, well, much larger set back.
You can picture it. A lovely long weekend getaway. A nice dinner in a sweet local restaurant. Dappled sunshine reflecting off the crystal, jazz playing in the background, a nice wine ordered. #2 fresh from a nap, a swim and a bath ready to face the evening as she had many times before. The only difference this time is that she was diaperless. All was going swimmingly until #2 had a little accident. #2 had a #2. No harm, no foul. We swept her up into the restaurant loo for a quick clean up and wardrobe change and no one was the wiser.
The dinner carried on. Lovely, delicious, delightful. Everyone laughing and enjoying. Our girls befriended the other little girls at the next table and they had fun playing tag on the patio and through the gardens. All fine until #2 came running over to me with a look of horror in her eyes. “Mama, I gotta poo.” “Hold it!” I cried. But it was too late. Way too late.
This wasn’t just a poop accident. This was like a “Night of the Living Dead” sort of explosion. Poop everywhere. J scooped her up to rush her into the bathroom, poop dropping everywhere. I was like the “Cleaner” from Pulp Fiction – trying to erase all the evidence, the poop that had dropped out of #2’s skirt all over the patio floor, before any of the other diners had noticed.
Yeah, they noticed. By the time we all returned to the table with the now-fresh-as-a-daisy-thanks-to-the-WHOLE-pack-of-Huggies-wipes Shorty #2, all eyes were on us. I tried to smile and keep up a brave face, but as the aforementioned kids from the other table were herded back to the side of their “single-child” parents with their judgy eyes pointed in our direction, I could hear the disdain in their eye-rolls; “I would never let my kid poop in such a fine restaurant!” and “That will NEVER happen to me.” I’m here to prove that this was one of those days where what I wanted, preferred or felt was the cool or OK was NOT in the cards. I had no control in this situation and neither will you Judgy Judgersons! It was time to make a quick exit. You just try and keep up a brave face in moments such as these. “Yes, my kid just SHAT on your patio and we’ll have another bottle of that pinot noir.” Needless to say, we tipped VERY well and hightailed it out of there.
Maybe next time we’ll just get a sitter…