Tuesday, July 21, 2009

MacGuyver Mom

I am just amazed at how far I've come as a Mom. I can still remember my reaction when my firstborn had a diaper blowout, peed through all the blankets we owned and puked all over me within 24 hours of being home from the hospital. I was doing laundry in the middle of the night. I figured a box of wipes would last us at least a year, but for sure more than a day!

In the early days, I would just look at the mess and not know what to do. I was shocked, frozen. It got better as the years went on. By the time there were three and I was nursing one while the others used the potty chair IN THE KITCHEN (don't ask) and then proceeded to knock the contents all over the floor I just freaked out a little on my way to get a towel and kept right on nursing.

Well, now I am a pro. I have joined the amazing ranks of mothers who can take a totally disastrous mess and use whatever they might have in their purse or diaper bag to fix it. It's kind of McGuyver-like.

We were in a store and Maren peed all over the floor. In one split second I grabbed the toy she was holding and looked for a clean up station. When I didn't find one, I pulled a diaper out of my purse and used that to mop up the floor. Genius? Well, it may have been genius to actually have it ON the child. But still, problem solved.

At supper that night, I had a child sitting on my lap when she began to puke. Of all the days to buy her the red Gatorade she wanted. We stepped out on to the deck to save the floor. I forgot to clean the deck off but it rained later, so it all worked out in the end.

Sometimes I try to be prepared and have kleenex on hand for bloody noses and snotty sneezes or paper towels for spills, extra wipes, diapers, clothes. But where's the fun in that?

Do you dare share your MacGuyver Mom moments?


Carolyn said...

When traveling through Boston on vacation we realized that we went sight seeing without any extra diapers. (In our defense, we only had one child at the time. Now we have 5!) So when our 12 month old pooped in the only diaper we had, we had to think fast. We couldn't even find any drug stores down town to buy more diapers! So we dumped the contents of her diaper into a garbage can, then we used a disposable bib to line her diaper and then we put it right back on her. This worked great until we were on the subway heading back to our hotel. Our daughter peed and that disposable bib isn't exactly absorbent! So pee ran down her leg onto the train floor. Oops. Guess it wasn't such a McGuyver moment after all. :-)

annahannah said...

My son-in-law ran out of diapers at his mom's house. He used one of his grandmother's depends and just kept wrapping it around until it stayed on. When he got home, he asked my daughter to please change the baby. She was a little miffed until she saw the depends and cracked up.

Carey said...

Sadly, my creative solution to surprise puking is using my cupped hands to catch the mess. Heaven forbid it get on their special blankets!!

Leah said...

I got into the habit of wearing layers after my first child was born. Mostly for nursing purposes, but It became comfortable to have 2 shirts on all the time that I still do it. It has come in handy so many times, but the 1st time I realized how McGuyverish wearing 2 shirts can be was when my daughter was at tumble time, she fell off the trampoline and was crying so hard she made herself vomit. I didnt want to get puke on the mats so I held out my top shirt and let her puke in that, went outside and around the corner, took off that shirt and went back in with a clean and dry one. I have also used my layer method for BIG snotty sneezes in the store, Blanket for newborn baby in the freezer section of the grocery store, and a changing pad in a public restroom!