Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Mighty Wee Block

You know the recycled bit on television shows and in the movies where some inexperienced character finds themselves changing a newborn boy's diaper only to have the little kid squirt directly up in their face? I'd always written the scenario off as a bit of over-the-top slapstick that wasn't all that funny... but the fact is, it's not that over-the-top and actually can be kind of funny.

A little background might help. Our second day home from the hospital, my in-laws and I were kicking back in the family room watching something-or-other we had tivo'd when we hear an anguished cry from upstairs. Melbo had been in our room with the baby Erich and, from the sounds of it, was now trying to teach him several words that babies probably shouldn't know. I exchanged glances with Melbo's mom and brother and we all bolted for the stairs, thinking collectively that something had gone terribly wrong.

What we found was urine. A lot of it. On the wall, the bassinett, Melbo, and lil' Erich, though Erich didn't seemed to mind much. He actually looked suprisingly content.

Like I said, not over-the-top and, in the end, pretty darn funny... at least the first time.

Which brings me to one of the world's all-time greatest inventions... the Wee Block. Days earlier, a close friend had given us a Captain Blast Off (essentially an athletic cup of sorts made of thick absorbent foam and cloth). We were grateful when we received it, but I don't think we knew how grateful we'd be. Melbo hadn't thought to use the block that first fateful time and, in truth, it probably wouldn't have made much difference because technique is rather important. But once you get it down, you're golden. Or not golden. Which is my point.

Long live the Wee Block.

20 comments:

BA said...

Sounds like a great invention. Having a girl, I haven't had to worry about the out of control fire hose spraying everywhere; however, even girls can figure ways out to get their parents. Once as I was changing Emery I'd picked her legs up a little to wipe that hard to reach under side when she felt that was a good time to blast me. Her projectile feces launched about three feet off the changing table and all over my clothes and the floor...it was amazing.

Marc said...

Thanks for the warning. I wonder if they make some sort of blocking contraption for that?

Sheldon said...

Ba - Disgusting. My 6 day old daughter peed on my hand when I was trying to wipe the back of her dirty butt today. Ugh.

Marc - funny...

blondemama said...

Funny story but "The Mighty Wee Block" is such a "first time parent" invention. Onestepahead.com is the lamest website BTW. It should be called iamthemostparanoidparentintheworld.com.

Maui said...

Yep get used to a lot of stuff getting all over your walls, floor, and you. Urine, Feces, Vomit, it's all coming your way. Sooner or later you won't even notice it any more.

Marc said...

Sheldon - I'm sure this is only the tip of the iceberg of stories we'll be sharing.

Blonde - Hmmm... I'm trying to decide if I should be taking offense at that "first time parent" invention ;) Only reason I linked to Onestepahead.com is for the "Wee Block" description (it's what my google search pulled up). I'm also not sure why I won't be using my beloved Wee Block the next time around. Is the kid going to stop peeing in my face?

Maui - Thanks. You make parenthood sound like such... an adventure.

Mrs. McDreamy said...

The sad thing is, you think by the time they are almost 1 that they would stop peeing the second you get the diaper off... but no. Emery still manages to pee at least once a week on the changing table. I am just grateful I don't have to deal with the hose pointing straight at my face.

Lizzy said...

I have got to get one of those! I've been peed on way, way too many times. I swear I have to wash the wall behind his changing table at least once a day. This wee blocker sounds like a good investment.

Marc said...

McDreamy - It's good to know things won't change for awhile.

Lizzy - You won't be sorry.

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