“Does he smell?” As she holds his ass in the air.
And the Dude’s first reaction is to lean over for a sniff!? “Nope.”
Later the same day, as I dozed off on the couch for an afternoon siesta, Mrs. Dude asked if a sleeping Little Dude could lay with me. Of course the answer was yes. As she laid him on my chest, we realized the turd had definitely escaped.
But he’s sleeping. We knew we were safer if we let him sleep. So The Boy and his dirty diaper dozed with me for a half hour.
Occupational hazards I guess.
Make no mistake about it, parenting is an occupation. But an occupation unlike any other. I’m still new at this game; I’m sure Mr. Huxtable could drop some parenting knowledge on me, but from what I gather, there is a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifice.
Can you think of any other job you would volunteer to be on call 24/7 for zero pay (actually pay them to work…I think the average kid costs like a bazillion dollars these days.)? And sniff butts and nap with a dirty diaper? I think not.
Some jobs run the risk of carpal tunnel. Parenting runs the risk of no sleep and stank butts.
On the flip side, the obvious response is that the rewards of watching your kids grow up are priceless. No argument there.
But the effort involved is somewhat priceless too. It’s tough to find the same dedication a parent is willing offer.
Week 17 brought on a battle with the Hands, Foot, and Mouth virus. 7+ days of cranking.
Since Little Dude is already fighting through reflux, we didn’t realize the cranking could be HFM until some hives arrived. We confirmed it at the doctor the next day.
Reflux and HFM lead to a worn out Little Guy. He handled it all pretty well, but the true champion is Mrs. Dude. A worn out kid leads to a worn out parent…someone needs to pick up the slack.
Parenting in general is an occupation full of hazards, but an at-home mom is like pulling double-shifts every day…for years. No time off, no personal space, 100% attention on someone else’s well-being.
Thanks for all of the hard work Mrs. Dude. You’re an amazing Mom.