Brillo Pads and Baby Boys

Last night, I changed a diaper.

This diaper change was different than the countless diapers I’ve changed over the last five years. This diaper change was…well…disconcerting.

Friends and family had warned me that sometimes, when you change a baby boy’s diaper, his tiny little boy part gets a tiny little…er…bounce in it’s step. It’s not that I didn’t believe them, it’s just that I tried not to think about it. And since it had not happened to me, it was easy to not think about.

And then, last night, I unwrapped my son and cleaned him off before noticing that his nether region looked…strange. But I couldn’t figure out what was going on with it. So I poked it.

Liam smiled and gurgled and all at once I realized what had just happened, and I quickly diapered him and shoved him into the Ogre’s arms and ran to the bathroom to scrub my hands and my memory with a brillo pad.

Much to my chagrin, brillo pads don’t work on memories.

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  • catblue

    Sounds like you just made Liam's day…LOL!

  • emily alexander

    Hahahahaha! Welcome to the world of Boy Moms!

  • J M Yaceczko

    Weird, right? Yeah, but easier to clean. This whole baby girl thing is a pain in the butt. She's got all these folds which can hide some stuff. Honestly, I prefer the other weirdness. Cause it's not super common. And that's nice. Folds, just gettin' foldier.

  • Daphne

    Okay, so I don't know what to say. I would have been just like you handing the poor innocent child off to his Dad like he had some kind of disease. I'm with you, there are not enough brillo pads to go around. I guess that's why I did not give birth, God knew I would not be able to handle it:)Second, I am so glad you are coming home for Christmas. You and Christopher have come so far and matured in your relationship. Keep in mind, all of the "advice" is given with Love, even though it may not seem like it. You two have done a great job determining what works as far as parenting for you and your children. Keep it up. Bill and I are so proud of you two.

  • Anonymous

    Calah, I don't understand what happen. Could you please elaborate? Love always, Jonathan

  • Calah

    Daphne, I'm glad we're coming home too. I do try to keep in mind that it's all done in love, and I really do appreciate all the advice and help we get. Sometimes it's just a bit overwhelming. I really hope we get to see you guys this time around! Jonathan, you have sons! Tell you what, ponder it, and if you still don't understand I'll tell you at Christmas. In a few weeks!

  • Anonymous

    Bless you Calah! You are only beginning to experience how different little boys are from little girls (and you can have the last laugh when Jonathan has a little girl!)–it only gets more and more wonderous. And Janet is right, boys are much easier than girls and the diapers are only the beginning! I don't think you will feel the need of a brillo pad too many more times…Suzanne

  • Melanie B

    Yeah, baby boys are definitely different. When he gets older you'll probably have to start fighting him to keep his little hands out of his diaper when you're changing it. I know I do. They seem to be magnetized to leap down there as soon as the diaper comes off. I often feel like I need eight hands to clean him up and keep his hands from wandering and his legs from kicking.