But this particular time, I had given her a dose of homeopathic aconite 30x beforehand - a great remedy for fear. It seemed to work - she was actually squatting! I was amazed. Praising her left and right for letting her little derriere sit in the water, I thanked the Lord above for the wonderful progress! She happily and quietly played with her little bath toys as I sat and watched.
Well, if the word "squatting" got your mind thinking, you are absolutely right. Not too long into her happy bath, she suddenly looked up at me with very wide eyes and gasped. I looked back as if to say, What's wrong? Instead of answering, she made a face...and sure enough, began to poop.
My first thought was to quickly pop her on the toilet to save me a mess, but for fear of terrorizing her of the potty, I just let her go. I couldn't even be mad at her...it had been so precious how she tried to warn me - like, "Oh no, Mom! I can't help it..."
It also got me thinking how there have been so many times in my life where I've made mistakes. But none of them could be reversed. It was too late to go back and stop them. You might be thinking, Don't worry, everyone makes mistakes, but guess what? Many people aren't willing to give you a second chance. Once you make that mistake, that's all they remember. You could do a million good/kind/generous things, but the moment you mess up, that's how people perceive you. It totally stinks! That's why I always (well, almost always) give people a second chance to make up for something they've done. Mistakes aren't the end of the world...or the end of a friendship...or a relationship. We are human...we make mistakes.
On the other hand, there's always a point where you have to stop letting people take advantage of you. It's about finding the happy medium. It's about taking risks but setting limits. It's about not being afraid of taking chances but also listening to your heart, and your head.
And if you're wondering how Little Olive has faired in the bath since her "oops" incident, well...we're back to square one. The bath crayons have definitely helped as a distraction, but heaven forbid I try to wash her hair! If you have any advice, feel free to leave it...but no smart remarks, please. :)