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OMG...seriously she was an absolute terror for over a month. It started out with her demanding that I bathe her. She was okay with that for a few days. Then, it was like a fight to the death for her to even get wet, let alone anything washed. I started getting bigger and she is big so fighting with her to bathe made me contract badly for about an hour or so after every bath. So, I took her into the shower with me. Not as bad because she clung to me with every muscle she had, but it was hard to clean her and screaming started right when I handed her over to DH. My showers are my one and only time during the day to relax and I as giving that up for her. After a little while, she got better at showers with me, I could set her down and shower myself with her in with me and there was little to no screaming or crying. But, I still had to share my "me" time. SO, I decided to buy her some new bath toys and a new bath mat to see if I could convince her that her bath was funner than showers with mommy.
It totally worked!!! The first night she was timid. I didn't wash her hair or her body. I just let her play with the new toys for a while. The next night, she let me wash her hair without screaming at me. Actually, she didn't make a peep other than normal gasping for air after water being poured on her head. The next night, she let DH bathe her and she was jumping for joy to have the chance to get into the bath and play. Tonight, she stripped herself down an hour and a half early demanded I take the ponies out of her hair and diaper off so she could get into the bath. She lets DH wash her, clean up the bath crayons every night with her and doesn't cry at all getting her night clothes on. Within 4 days she went from a screaming monster to stripping faster than I have ever seen a toddler strip begging to get into the bath.
Needless to say, this mommy is very, very happy. DH gets to go back to bathing her. I get my shower "me" time back. Marsi is happy with the new toys. All around I couldn't have asked for a better outcome after a month of Hell.
Wow! I'm so glad you figured out a way to make it all work for you (and her) again. Motherhood is such a challenge sometimes, just trying to figure out what makes your kid tick and what will help them over the hump of whatever new challenge they have going on. Good job!
The silliest thing (to me) is the clincher for her to get into the bath was a character bath mat. She loves all things Cars so I got a cars mat. She was more than willing to sit on Lightning McQueen's head to play.
Glad that she is now loving baths. I am having a hard time bathing my kids. It is hard to get down on the floor next to the bath tub because my belly is just getting in the way. I can't imagine if we had to struggle.
Our struggle right now is brushing teeth. DH basically has to hold Jacob's hands down while I brush and he screams and cries the entire time but thankfully DH can help. There is no way I could do it on my own.
Thank you *Kiliki* for my beautiful siggy