Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Spaghetti With a Toddler 101

Tonight was spaghetti night at the Morgan house. I think you mothers of toddlers would agree that it only takes ONE spaghetti night to learn that there are certain "rules" that must be followed in order to obtain more SUCCESS than MESS.

1. Make sure to strip the toddler down completely. Otherwise, the clothes will either be ruined or have to soak in stain remover for days.
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2. Make sure any adorable cushions or covers are removed from your high chair because they also will be either ruined or have to soak in stain remover.
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3. Bibs are not a necessity, because they will do no good anyway.
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4. If you are Type A, you must become Type Z in a hurry. Just let them eat, and don't worry about the mess. Water and soap will work wonders. Enjoy the moment.
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5. Before you get them out of the disgustingly sticky high chair, make sure the bath water is already run and ready for instant soakage, because toddlers like to touch things like walls and cabinets and decorative towels, and if the water isn't already prepared, your bathroom will be as messy as your toddler before you know it.
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6. Follow your messy toddler to the bathroom. It is best to put your camera aside while you do this, as you must remain within a half-foot radius of the child to keep them from touching furniture, walls, and doorknobs.
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7. You can omit number 6 if you have a hungry canine nearby, because they can provide a preliminary cleaning that no Bounty paper towel can match.
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8 Have Daddy or someone else do the actual bath, so that you can take pictures of that too. It saves you from having to scrub off the grime, and from having to look at all the pieces of ground beef and noodles floating around in the dirty water. Gross.
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9. Make sure the hungry canine from #7 also gets a drink of water. She'll be thirsty after her snack. Drinking from the tub or licking the side of the tub is perfectly acceptable.
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10. Take LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of pictures. These are priceless memories.
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10 comments:

Ashley said...

I love all the pictures but especially the water splashing picture. What a little doll baby.

The Penter Family said...

Those are GREAT pictures!!!!!

Since Colton knows how to eat with a spoon, I cut his spaghetti up into miniscule pieces and he can feed it to himself without too much mess... But you have to spend 2 days getting it cut up small enough. Ha!

Meredith said...

LOVE these pics! Yes, I am the loser mom that never let my kids do this...I chose to feed it to them so I didn't have to freak out about the mess!! Good for you... you've got some adorable pics to remember this by!

Ashley B said...

You nailed it on the head with the rules. Our yorkie loves spaghetti night!

We're Expecting! said...

Your daughter is PRECIOUS! She has the cutest facial expressions. I have two questions for you. I love all of your pictures. What flash do you use? And I noticed your daughter has on the cute Target diapers. We haven't purchased any yet, but are they just as good as Pampers, etc.? :) :) :) Thanks!!! :)

We're Expecting! said...

Thanks for your advice! We've stocked up on the Pampers Swaddlers, but it's nice to know the Target diapers will work in the future. I have a Canon Rebel T1i too. I feel like my pictures just aren't as great as yours though! Maybe I need to read the manual like you did and do the trial and error thing too. Do you recommend a setting for every day pictures? I think I could figure out how to change the settings if I knew what to put them on. If you have any other advice, let me know! :) Thanks sooo much! :)

We're Expecting! said...

Thanks for your advice! We've stocked up on the Pampers Swaddlers, but it's nice to know the Target diapers will work in the future. I have a Canon Rebel T1i too. I feel like my pictures just aren't as great as yours though! Maybe I need to read the manual like you did and do the trial and error thing too. Do you recommend a setting for every day pictures? I think I could figure out how to change the settings if I knew what to put them on. If you have any other advice, let me know! :) Thanks sooo much! :)

McKinney Madness said...

The pic of Mary Ella in the bathub smiling as big as you please with spaghetti all over her face... PRICELESS. I bet spaghetti night will turn into a family favorite!

Radar's Mom said...

This is an EXCELLENT guide and I am going to test these rules out this week!!! I had planned on doing a spaghetti dinner soon and just letting my toddler have at it, but I obviously hadn't thought things through. I just love the pictures, the canine cleaning mechanism and... well, I love it all! Thank you!

{Amanda} said...

You always have the wittiest posts! Super fun mess =) LOVE IT!

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