Ivy is 5 years old. And because she is practically a grown up at this point, I was thinking that it's time she starts earning her keep. To that end, I figured I should teach her how to change Rose's diaper.
Not that I mind changing diapers, but having Ivy do it could free me up to do other important things such as playing hopscotch. This is where I line up drinking glasses, fill them all with scotch, and drink every alternate glass. Maybe filling them with iced tea would be more prudent. But frankly, hoptea just sounds like a stupid made up game.
So a couple of days ago, I asked Ivy to come and change Rose. The moment she got close enough to smell the diaper, she gagged. Melodrama, I thought to myself as stifled an eye roll. I told her to forget it and not to worry about it - I would change Rose myself. But Ivy is a good girl and she really wanted to please me. "No, it's ok mom, I can do this," she insisted.
But as she tried to unbutton the onesie at the business end of the baby, she got a very strong whiff.
I looked at her, trying to see if she would try to keep her cool.
Oh no, this really was serious!
"Ivy, run away!" I cried.
She ran. As she went, I could hear "Gag! Gag! Gag!"
The lesson I learned that day was twofold:
1) Ivy has a very sensitive gag reflex so diaper changes are out
2) A vomit comet of cheerios and milk is disgusting to clean up
I guess I now need to find another way for Ivy to earn her keep. I am thinking something like court jester. She has a good sense of humor, I bet she would love to dress up in colorful garb with a silly hat and regale me with fine tales and silly jokes.
Do you have any bright ideas I can use to have Ivy earn her keep?