As parents, there can be a lot of things we miss, from before the time we had kids. For me, bathroom privacy is probably what I miss the most.
Something no one took the time to warn me about is that babies and toddlers can’t handle you going to the bathroom, without them in the room.
Sure, you can close the door with them on the outside, but that just leads to complete blowout crying. So unless you want that, you either bring them in with you, or once they’re walking, leave the door not completely closed, so that they can join you.
Once they’re inside the bathroom, you end up spending half or more of the time trying to keep them from playing with anything in reach. Conditioner, shampoo, bodywash, etc. along the bathtub rim aren’t safe. Nor is the toilet paper or anything on the edge of the sink’s counter.
The most fun is when anything but being held leads to crying. Then sometimes it’s actually worth the tears, instead of holding them on your lap while trying to utilize the facilities, which is completely awkward.
Lately, our thirteen month old has taken a lot of joys with shutting and opening doors, in any room. She’ll shut the door, up to the point where it’s about to latch, then pry it back open and giggle about it. For me, it just adds to the feel of invasion, even though I do love her joy.
I’m sure there will come a time when I look back on these times fondly, or at least with humor, but this is not that day. For now I just look forward to those blessed moments when someone else is home to watch her, so that I can actually enjoy some privacy. They are too far in between, when you’re the stay at home parent.