Remember those old Encyclopedia Brown mysteries that were popular when we were kids? Yesterday I became a sleuth like that boy detective. I figured out The Case of the Pee Pee Diaper.
The boys and I had a pretty good day yesterday. They took a long nap and woke up in a relatively good mood. I got them out of their cribs and managed to change their diapers before giving them a snack. Neither one of them put up much of a fuss getting his diaper changed.
We had a snack of yogurt and graham crackers. Aaron was supsicious of the yogurt and only wanted it after I ate some. I guess he thinks he's a king and I'm his beefeater who tests for poison. Jeff enjoyed his yogurt and got it all over his face and giggled in the usual Jeff fashion.
I asked the boys if they wanted me to set up their new toy - a big canvas bus - so they could run through it and pretend to drive. They nodded yes. Jeff grabbed a knob on a kitchen drawer like a steering wheel and pretended to drive by spinning the wheel. Adorable!
The boys ran through the bus, played the keyboard and threw some balls around the house for a while. I spent a few minutes checking emails on my phone, cleaning up the dishes from snack and putting away some toys.
Then I saw it. A diaper in the middle of the hallway.
Hmmm...what is going on? I had no idea how this diaper had suddenly appeared. I assumed one of the boys had pulled a clean diaper from a drawer and thrown it on the ground. When I picked it up I noticed that the diaper was filled with pee. I was so confused what had happened. Maybe it was from the lack of sleep. (Thanks to a sleepless boy *cough-Aaron-cough* I didn't get to bed utnil after 1:00 a.m. and I was up at 4:45 a.m.)
I threw away the diaper and didn't think much of it.
A little while later Jeff found a new game. He took one of his chairs and put a sippy cup filled with water on the chair. He would then tilt the chair to a side and watch the cup roll off and fall to the ground. This game, apparently, is fascinating to an 18 month old. It's also fascinating for an 18 month old to watch. So fascinating, in fact, that Aaron, after watching for a few minutes, had to join in. Aaron grabbed a chair and a sippy cup and started doing the same thing.
Sippy cups are pretty good about not spilling, but if the cup falls on the floor over and over again the stopper will come out. Jeff's stopper came out first and water spilled all over the floor. A minute or two later Aaron's stopper came out. I noticed that because his little, light grey sweatpants had a streak of wetness down one leg. Since there was only about an hour until pajama time it wasn't worth fighting him to change pants especially because this game was making him so happy.
We ate dinner a little late. Aaron and Jeff tried orzo for the first time. Jeff dug in and Aaron was suspicious for a while of this newfangled food. Aaron enjoyed the cheese on the orzo and eventually realized it was fun to mix his peas with his cheesey orzo. By the end of dinner there was nothing left in his bowl. Everything got into his tummy or had fallen into his lap.
Now, fellow sleuths, see if you can figure out what happened before continuing to read.
At about 6:30 it was time to change into pajamas. I changed Jeff first and put him into cute pirate pajamas and tried to teach him the sign for "pirate." When that was done I grabbed Aaron and pulled off his pants only to be surprised he had no diaper!!!
I believe Aaron managed to pull at the tape of his diaper enough to loosen or unfasten it. He then must have pulled the front part of diaper so hard that he got it through his legs and off his body. The wet streak on his right pant leg wasn't water from the sippy cup...it was pee. His right sock was wet too. Ugh!
After a quick "bath" with a few wipes he was good as new and wearing my favorite cowboy pajamas. This time, however, I made sure that the diaper tabs were on securely and the pajama pants were pulled up enough to cover the diaper completely. I wasn't going to take any chances.