A little Wednesday Rant…

Posted on | March 10, 2010 | 8 Comments

There are just some things I didn’t realize were going to be seriously annoying until I had a kid. Case in point… public restrooms. Shocker alert: Moms travel. We do. We go out to eat. We go to book stores and movies and well… everywhere that non-moms go. And here’s the kicker. We sometimes take our kids. There are a lot of moms on this planet so it stands to reason that there are a lot of kids as well. Here’s my question… WHY ARE THERE SO FEW CHANGING TABLES IN BATHROOMS?! I get really peeved when I’m having a nice lunch with my son only to find out when I go into the restroom that this restaurant apparently doesn’t care about my business. Because that’s what it says to me. They might as well have a sign that says “Dear Moms, please leave your kids at home.” So you know what? From now on I’m keeping a list of what places have changing tables. If you don’t have a changing table, you don’t have my business. How ya like them apples? There should be a directory online of every restaurant, store, hotel, etc. that doesn’t have any changing table. That way all the moms can just boycott those places and maybe they’ll learn that it effing sucks when you have to change a poop-filled diaper in public and it sucks even worse when you get your kid to the bathroom only to find that you are going to have to find a place on the tiny counter to lay a poop-covered baby. I’ve had to change J on the floor. The floor. That’s just gross. (Don’t worry, Child Services, I had a changing pad.)

I’ve become an expert at changing J in the backseat of the car and that’s just sad. On our trip back from Orlando we had to pull that stunt only to find that J had a “special” treat for us. It was, no lie, the grossest poop I’ve ever seen. I will never understand how a primarily breast fed baby can poop so many different shades of the rainbow. This one was orange. It looked like we’d exploded a sweet potato in his diaper. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I rode in the backseat with J all the way to and from Orlando. It just eases my mind. So I’m changing him on the seat cushion that I will shortly be sitting on. That’s reason enough to be careful, right? We’re in Husband’s car and he is ever so helpfully standing behind me, looking over my shoulder and making gagging sounds. When he says “Please try to keep it off the seat cushions” I just about shoved his face in it. Why on Earth would I want it on the seat cushions?? Seriously, this poop was so bad that we took his outfit off and threw it in the dumpster. There was no way in hell we were driving another 3 hours with that fiesta lingering in the car.  By the time I was finished changing him, I had used almost all of the wipes (out of a NEW pack) and had poop all on me pretty much up to my elbows. (But none on the seat cushions to Husband’s delight.) So Husband had to buckle a ten pounds lighter J back into his carseat while I went back into the restroom to wash up. All of that could have been avoided if there just would have been a changing table in the bathroom at the McDonald’s we stopped at.

I’m still pissed about throwing away the outfit, too. I think McDonald’s should have to buy me a new one.

Comments

8 Responses to “A little Wednesday Rant…”

  1. Rebekah
    March 10th, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    Seriously, why aren't there more public changing tables? I'm to the point where I want to weep with joy when I find one. I consider moving into shopping malls forever if I find they have a family restroom while plenty of elbow room for changes and no giggling teen-agers all up in C.'s bizness.

  2. Ibis
    March 10th, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

    On top of that, changing tables suck even when they have them. They are tilted (hello sideways baby) and always filthy. Yuck.

  3. Katie
    March 10th, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

    I second the filthy remark…I took W in for a change during dinner at a fairly popular eatery only to see a dirty plunger sitting on top of the changing pad. Needless to say, W and I took a nice walk to the car for his diaper change and we refuse to go back to that establishment.

  4. Law Momma
    March 10th, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    Agreed. I should have put in there that they are the nastiest places on earth because for some reason when they clean the bathrooms they don't clean the changing station. Ugh. It's frustrating!

  5. amandak
    March 10th, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    And what's with the changing tables being inside the hanicapped stall?? I HATE it when there's a line to use the restroom and all I want to do is change a diaper and now I have to not only wait in the stupid line, but wait until the handicapped stall is free. And let me tell you, waiting in a long line holding a one year old that has diarrhea up to her waist and ALL down her legs and holding the hand of a two year old who does NOT want his hand held because he can get everywhere by "mineself" is QUITE a challenge!!

  6. Law Momma
    March 10th, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

    Haha! Mineself. I love your little German son.

  7. Cybil
    March 11th, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    Oh I just HATED the changing tables! I used to carry Chlorox wipes in the diaper bag!

  8. HarmSkills
    March 12th, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    Ive heard there is an iphone app where you can search for restaurants (at least in NYC) that have changing tables… I was very disappointed in Chipotle, and SBUX…

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