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The Diaper Digger Strikes

Why is there always price to pay? There can never just be a "GREAT" day for Moms. Don't get me wrong, we all have "GREAT" days ... but we pay the price for them ... and they don't come easy.

Yesterday afternoon was going better than normal for AnIowaMom, as she was actually accomplishing something other than dishes, laundry, cleaning toilets or mopping floors. When she heard Smilee talking happiliy upstairs in her room, waking from her 2 hour nap. Finishing up a few things that would take 5 minutes with Smilee in her crib, rather than 3 hours with her out, she opted to leave her. From the sounds of her jabbering, she was content playing without the company of AnIowaMom anyway.

Normally, AnIowaMom doesn't gingerly climb the stairs to the bedrooms with a carefree stride ... it usually consists of stomping in anger, jogging in the need to get back downstairs in a hurry, or sprinting up in sheer panic of what she'll find judging from the noises coming from the children's rooms.

This time was different. Excited to see Smilee, AnIowaMom pushed the door open, ignoring (or just not wanting to believe) the horendous stench that was seeping from the room. As always, the baby greeted her with a huge smile. Around that beautiful little mouth of hers, was something more disgusting that anyone could imagine. Stopping dead in her tracks staring in disbelief, AnIowaMom realizes that Smilee had been diaper digging ... again!!! POOP was all in her hair, under her fingernails, all over her bed sheets ... and yes, around her mouth ... Smilee was eating her own feces. EEEEWWWWWW? What would possess ANYBODY to have a desire to place crap in their own mouth??? Nevermind that she is only 14 months old ... IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT! What kind of a child is being raised here?

Totally grossed out by the entire situation, AnIowaMom, "sprints" into the bathroom to start the bath water and grabbed a warm wet cloth to wipe her up the best she could before the bath could be taken. Then, what does a good mom do? That's right, run for her camera to "somewhat" capture the moment ... to always remember what Smilee put AnIowaMom through even at such a young age ... the pictures are clean and don't show much ... except to help tell the story of my July 31, 2006 .. A Day In The Life ... of a MOM!

I did wipe her mouth and hands before this photo! You can see she is smiling ...

In the bath ... still smiling ...

Ignoring the 100 degree heat outdoors, Smilee will sleep from now on completely zipped up in feetie PJ's ... unable to find her diaper to DIG.

That's that! All cleaned up, smelling like a little one should. Keep in mind the rest of us are freezing our rears off because we had to turn the air down to 70 so Smilee doesn't get too warm ... and keeps smiling.

So much for a Mom having a good day, accomplishing more than imaginable and feeling good about it. Yeah, there's always a price to pay ...


As an American citizen I thank you, Eric M. Steffeney, for your courage and your sacrifice. I thank your family for all they have given for the cause of freedom. I will remember you, and I will teach my children to remember you. We are forever in your debt.