Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It’s gonna be a LONG 4 weeks.

Piper’s love in life (for that minute, anyway) is her bath.  I’ve never seen a kid so in love with the water. 

Unfortunately, she has four weeks before she’s allowed to “soak” her incision.  That’s a whole lotta baths that I have to keep her from laying down in the water.  They said that she can splash and it won’t matter, but laying down in the water isn’t an option…

I finally got the nerve up and gave her a bath on Sunday.  I filled the tub and quickly realized that there was NO way I was going to be able to keep her upright if I put her in there.

My solution?


Tub bath in the tub.  The Tupperware bucket is bigger than the one we put her in in the hospital, but not so big that she can lay down.  Not quite, anyway- she can still fold over with little effort.  But at least it kept my heart attacks down by a couple. 

She still had all her toys outside of the bucket- but I don’t think I’m going to be filling the tub AND the little tub for each bath- I try to be ecologically conscious.  Although with a face this cute, it’s awfully difficult.     P1080293

Only problem is that she figured out she could stand up in the bucket, too.  So it didn’t keep me from all the possible heart attack situations.  P1080294

This is gonna be one little squirt who’ll be very glad to get the all-clear.  At least for the bath part.  And this mama is going to be very glad to get the all clear for the picking-up-under-the-arms part.  Although we are getting rather good at that


  1. Oh how I hated the 'scooping'. I am sooo glad Max wasn't even rolling over when he had his surgery. Good luck!

  2. Oh Piper! Be kind to your momma!

  3. Piper is the most adorable baby! Wish I could scoop her up!! I love reading your posts - Liz from Michigan

  4. my daughter addison is having open heart surgery next week and the bath thing is going to be tough for her too...she is also a bath girl! piper is adorable, btw!

  5. I practiced scooping Claire for MONTHS before her OHS, so it was pretty much second nature when her surgery rolled around. Still, it's nice to be able to grab her under the arms again.

  6. OH I didn't even think about that. Alayna would be devastated! Great solution though!