Last week I headed across town to Barnes and Noble to pick up a Christmas gift for my mom. When I arrived, I discovered that somehow I’d manage to get there without the wheelchair or the two strollers that I often use with Charlie. No biggie, I figured, I knew what I wanted and could just hold him on my hip, run in, get what I needed and then run out.
As soon as I got into the store, things got dicey.
As if from nowhere, I realized I had to go to the bathroom RIGHT NOW. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the massive diet coke I’d gotten at Chick fil a. Nothing.
So I’ve got Charlie on my hip and I’m looking desperately around the store for the bathroom. I find it, head in, and that’s when I realize I have a whole different dilemma.
In many bathrooms there’s a changing station inside one of the stalls. If I really have to go to the bathroom, I can strap Charlie to the station and then do what I have to do. In this bathroom, no such luck–the changing station was outside the stalls.
In most situations, I’d just put things off, but I was in dire straights here. There’s no way I could make it home–my bladder was pretty insistent on that point. I was going to have to get creative.
Clearly, I wasn’t going to put Charlie on the floor of a public restroom (although apparently they do make mats for that situation), so I did the only thing I could think of:
I wiggled out of my clothes with one hand, sat on the toilet, and then sat Charlie in my lap while I *ahem* used the facilities. Worked like a charm, really.
So, sometimes you have to resort to some pretty crazy stuff while on this adventure called parenting. What about you guys? What’s the craziest thing you’ve done with or because of your kids?