All I want for Mother’s Day is to not have to change any sheets.
Just kidding! I’d love breakfast in bed, to get taken out to lunch and possibly see a movie by myself, maybe get a homemade present that my husband made with the kids in my office for two hours on Saturday morning.
But also to not change any bed sheets.
You think that when your kids are finally potty trained, and you don’t have to buy diapers anymore, you’re free of the wet pajamas and the wiping bottoms and…all of that fun stuff.
But really (at least with all of my kids), there’s a looooong period after successful potty training that involves wet nights. Like, a couple of years sometimes, or even longer for the occasional night time accident. Because really, I haven’t taken care of enough of that stuff in the last nine years?!
And then, to top it off, once a child gets to preschool age and beyond, s(he) becomes really stubborn about, say, wearing things at night to contain the wetness. THAT’S WHAT BABIES DO.
Thank GOODNESS there are solutions out there that the bigger kids can wear and still feel like “big kids,” like Underjams. Because I KNOW it’s not just my kids. And I know that kids all over are dealing with this, and still wanting/needing to spend the night somewhere besides home (15% of five year olds still wet the bed, and 7-10% of seven year olds).
There are ways to reduce the enuresis (that’s the fancy word for “bedwetting”), like not letting your child have drinks before bed, teaching kids to imagine themselves dry, setting alarms to get up and go to the bathroom, and products like Underjams that feel and look more like real underwear than diapers.
But besides all of that, this Mother’s Day weekend, I’ll just let the hubs take care of it.
Tell me I’m not the only one dealing with this! What have you found that works?