Monday, July 17, 2006

For parents only

If you haven't had kids, or only want to read the triathlon and workout posts, just skip this one.

Normally it's a lot of fun to have twins. A lot of work, but still mostly fun.

BUT. Did I ever mention I'm getting really tired of babies pulling off their diapers along with all the rest of their clothes and peeing on everything? Several times per day?

The whole house is starting to smell like urine. And NO, that's not from my cycling shoes.

Ellie's coming to visit on Wednesday. I can't wait for her to take a whiff. Good thing she's a nurse.

I'm starting to put diapers on backwards a lot, but that only slows them down. Duct tape is sometimes useful as well, but it can be circumvented with persistence. Then if their diapers are off and they pee on their socks, they REALLY launch a screaming session.

Sigh.

17 comments:

Flatman said...

Oh man. I wanted twins sooooo bad before my son was born. Now I think maybe I was given only one because I couldn't have handled two...

You are an Ironman already!

Dianne W. said...

How about a house full of kitty litter? Just scoop up where they've been... :)

jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

Oh honey, I remember those days. I can't remember what I did to combat the diaper pulling though. I remember trying the backwards thing, it worked for a while. Good luck to you.
If it's any comfort, unless I can get this puppy trained soon, my house will smell the same way.

Granny said...

I can remember when we had three in diapers (or pullups). Only one of them pulled them off though.

tarheeltri said...

I can relate. I thought after our first we could finally sell the stock in carpet cleaner, but then when had another. Now it's the aging . I can only tell a difference when I walk into a house that doesn't smell like urine!

m said...

I've never had that problem. My toddler cries if he pulls his diaper off. And the others never did that either. I guess I was lucky.

You might have to start potty training. (aka...hell) I will not refinish my hardwood floors, get new carpet or a new couch until my 2 year old is potty trained.

Julia said...

I just finished potty training Evan (YaY!!) so you might want to give that a thought. You have to ask them about every three minutes if they need to pee, but eventually they get it. I also kept him outside without any underwear in the initial stage so that if he had accidents it was just in the backyard. He's even instantly been able to NOT use the diapers at night which is surprising. Did however have an accident at naptime...too much juice...

Iron Pol said...

And Mrs. Pol was upset when Toddler Pol pulled all of his clothes out of the drawers. I'll be she'd take that any day over removing of diapers.

Unfortunately, I have no sage-like wisdom to help with this one.

Lynne said...

The good thing is that it is a phase... Have you tried to introduce big girl Princess Pull ups?? --- No easy tabs to pull --- they have to be ripped off or pulled down... It's worth a shot!

Invest in a Bissell and keep it plugged in all the time... I don't know how I made it through #1 with out it!

Comm's said...

How about zip ties? Or pull ups probably more likely.

Or overalls or something they can't get off. oh oh oh, I try one of those 3/4 swim suits that look like wetsuits, they zip in the back.

mipper said...

potty training? they may be getting ready....

so sorry though.

when i potty train, my house has that lovely smell. i nvest in lots of frebreeze, pine sol or mr. clean and lysol. and of course, tide laundry detergent (cold water). but still, not all of it works.

(((hugs))) btdt and I hate hate HATE the smell. the main reason we will never have a cat... the smell of pee.

TriFeist said...

How frustrating. There has to be some kind of Dr. Spock advice about this. Or maybe the 21st century version of Dr. Spock?

blahblahblahblahblah said...

It'll be tough to train for potties and iron man at the same time.

stronger said...

I'd try the pull-ups with a onsie. Then they'd have to unsnap first and my son always had a more difficult time lowering the pull up.

I think they are trying to tell you it is time for potty training.

I'm all about the M&M method potty training. Take the girls to sit on the potty every 20min. If they sit there they get a sticker (a treat, but a lesser treat). If they go they get to have an "M&M party" (a handfull of M&Ms or whatever their favorite treat may be). The next day take them to the potty on the hour. My son was potty trained by day 3. Then graduate to "the big job". He wore pull ups until the accidents were fewer and far between.

My sister introduced the M&M method. She used a single pack of M&Ms and once the M&Ms were gone, the parties stopped. I, however, milked it for all it was worth- cause when he had a party, we all had a party. I bought the XXL bag...twice! My niece would come over and be my son's cheering section and jump for joy, 'we get to have an M&M party'!

mipper said...

i like stronger's theory. i personally go for the basket of dollar store toys. one pick out of teh basket each time there is a successful potty. once the basket is empty ($20 worth) then i call them potty trained and it works.

about 2 weeks for the first kid, (night-time trained ia week though), 24 hours for my daughter, 3 weeks for the third kid. the last two struggled with night training but i refuse pull ups (glorified diapers imo). i just double layer their beds with sheets and plastic sheets and leave freash clothes by the bedside. sip off wet sheets and clothes, wipe down with wet wipes, new clothes on and back in the bed. all with lights out and no talking. my kids hate being wet in their beds so they usually got teh clue after a few times of this.

good luck though. i agree IM training and ptty issues... hard.

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

oh yeah, I cleaned up a lotta messes potty training my girls.

pullups get the message through that you cannot pull off the diaper. We used pullups only during un-supervised times (naps).

I also made them clean up after themselves. Often.

I also went totally crazy on them - like medieval on them. They don't mess with you if they think you are crazy.

Twins always get up to no good when they are left to their own devices. I think of my two as Jack Russell Terriers - they get bored, they get destructive. I have to keep them busy and moving at all times, or they will tear everything apart.

It's a good job I'm training for triathlon, or I'd never keep up with them!

Grant Hicks said...

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