I’m not a fan of washing Crappy Baby’s hair. Wait, it’s not actually the washing that is the problem, it is the rinsing after the washing. The part where I have to get the bloody soap out. (Not bloody as in the dark red stuff. Bloody like the people say in the UK. Just clarifying.)
It’s the same routine, you see. It has been the same routine his entire life.
There is just one thing he needs to do! Just one thing!
Tip. His. Head.
After the soap is rubbed in, he tips his head back so I can rinse it out.
So I ask him to tip.
And I ask him to tip again. I remind him about that pesky soap/eye/tipping connection.
I even gently press on his forehead to help him tip his head back.
He does it!
You see, I can get him to tip his head back after prompting a handful of times. It’s getting his head to stay tipped back during the rinsing that causes trouble.
I start to rinse for roughly three quarters of a second.
The moment the soap starts to rinse down in bubbly, dangerous streams…
He starts to look down. Every time. I’m not done rinsing! Tip your head back again!
I’m frantically using my hand to shield the soapy water from dripping down his forehead.
Just TIP your head back!!!
Yep. I did.
Before anyone even gets a chance to comment, yes, I know that tear-free shampoo has been invented. I’ve heard of it. I’m sure it’s brilliant stuff for loads of people. The few I’ve been willing to try haven’t worked well for us. Honestly, I’ve already been through this with one kid who eventually became a tipping master. So he’ll get there. No biggie.
For those of you that actually read these bottom footnote things, I want to let you know that the new, 2015 Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures 2015 Wall CALENDAR just came out! And the new, 2015 Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures 2015 ENGAGEMENT CALENDAR just came out! I didn’t even tell anyone I was DOING a calendar. So, surprise! I partnered with Willow Creek Press for these and just got my sample copies in the mail this weekend and they look amazing. I’m so freaking excited! More on these in tomorrow’s post where I might possibly wax poetic about their awesomeness.