You guys probably didn’t even notice when it happened, but a little over a year ago now I took the “Pampers Mom” button off of my side bar. Now I don’t usually do a happy dance when I take a button off of my side bar, but this time was different. For me this was a break out the wine, let’s all jump and dance, cheer-worthy moment. You see me taking that button down marked the fact that for the first time in seven years I was no longer buying Pampers, in one form or another. It marked the fact that my big kid was no longer wetting the bed and little sister was finally potty trained.
|My first daughter on the day she was born, sporting her tiny newborn sized Pampers.
For seven years I was a Pampers mom. For seven non-stop years first one girl and then the next was wearing Pampers, Easy-Ups or Goodnights. But somewhere along the line my eldest child’s bladder finally caught up with the rest of her body and the bedwetting problems magically and suddenly stopped. Goodbye Goodnights! Can’t say I’m sorry to see you leave. And then just as suddenly my very stubborn second child started using the toilet, instead of intentionally peeing in her Easy-Ups.
Last year I wrote about my frustrations with potty training my second child. Maybe a few weeks after that my daughter started using the toilet regularly. There were a few accidents here and there, but overall it was as if someone flipped a switch, and bang she was potty trained. This came as a bit of a shock to me because with girl number one it was a slow and on-going process, where she still needed to wear Easy-Ups come bedtime. But kid number two, I was amazed to discover, had zero bed wetting problems. Which means, quite suddenly, I found myself with no need to buy disposables (and a healthy stash in the closet that a few months later I ended up donating).
Paaarty time. Take that badge down! Woot! But once that initial celebratory fizzle wore off I was surprised to realize that I still am, and forever will be, a Pampers mom. For one thing I still buy Pampers Baby Wipes. Um… This is perfectly normal behaviour, right? To be buying baby wipes when the youngest child in the house is five? (I also still get called upon to help wipe the occasional bottom. Someone please tell me this is normal.) What’s more, and feel free to laugh at me because I realize this is a bit weird, I still find myself window shopping for diapers. Everytime I see a good sale in the Shoppers Drug Mart flyer I think, wow I should stock up. And then I think, wait, I don’t need those any more. Silly! And yes, my kid has now been out of diapers for well over a year.
So instead I buy Pampers and give them as baby shower gifts. I mean I find myself habitually shopping for them anyway, I might as well pick them up now and again, right? Plus I know diapers were a gift I appreciated receiving when my girls were born. I also still pay attention when Pampers announces some new innovation, and get excited and think, wow that sounds great. I think this either qualifies me as a)a diaper geek or b)someone who needs more babies in her life.
So what about you folks? Are your little ones still in diapers? Can’t wait for the day when you put diapers behind you for good? Or maybe, just maybe, sort of missing them like I am? Any other honorary Pampers moms out there?
PS. I put the badge back up. Figure I may as well come to terms with it.
Once a Pampers mom, always a Pampers mom.