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The Thing I Waited 16 Months and 6 Days to Do with my Toddler (PHOTOS)

Retro bathtub

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I’m not big on baths. I’m personally a fan of showers, and bathing my kids, while occasionally sweet and cute, is just about the last thing I want to do at the end of a day when I’ve been asked no fewer than 436 questions, wiped noses at least 47 times, and prepared a total of 34 meals and snacks. And it’s only 5:30 PM. Oh, yes, please let me rinse the shampoo out of your hair while you scream bloody murder that a drop of water the size of a pinhead may or may not have touched your eyelash.

My husband is largely the go-to bath guy for our 4-year-old daughter Petunia, and I’m large and in charge of baths for Peony, 16 months. Which means she’s been bathing in the kitchen sink since birth. Not because we don’t have a tub (we have two of them). But because I’m lazy and she just fits so nicely into the sink.

A few months ago I stuck her in the tub, thinking she’d like it since she seems to enjoy sticking her head into mine while I’m in the shower, but she wailed as if the sky was falling, so I promptly took her out and put her back in the sink. But then a few days ago I decided it was time for her to graduate from the kitchen sink to the tub. Mostly because it didn’t dawn on me until now that we could just bathe both girls at once and be done with it (I’m a slow learner). And, you know, the girls might actually have fun together.

Well, guess what happened? Take a peek into bath time at our house:


  • September 6, 2011 1 of 10
    September 6, 2011
    Peony's first bath at home. In a tub in the kitchen sink. It went as well as it could if you ask me, especially since I chose to believe that tears mixed with water don't count.
  • February 20, 2012 2 of 10
    February 20, 2012
    Still in the tub inside the kitchen sink. It never really occurred to me she might prefer the warmth of water all around her. Although I always had her in and out so quickly she didn't have time to get cold.
  • March 17, 2012 3 of 10
    March 17, 2012
    Does this look tell you she might prefer a bath to a sink?
  • July 6, 2012 4 of 10
    July 6, 2012
    The kitchen sink at Grandma's house is nice and deep. Not that it mattered because it wasn't as if I filled it with water. In and out — that's how I like bath time.
  • August 31, 2012 5 of 10
    August 31, 2012
    You'd think I might have realized on her first birthday that it was time to move to a tub.
    You'd think.
  • January 6, 2013 6 of 10
    January 6, 2013
    It took me another four months and six days to take the plunge. Or, rather, to let her take the plunge.
  • January 6, 2013 7 of 10
    January 6, 2013
    And guess what?
  • January 6, 2013 8 of 10
    January 6, 2013
    She loved it.
  • January 6, 2013 9 of 10
    January 6, 2013
    She splashed. And splashed. And drank. And laughed so loudly with glee that I sat there feeling like the worst mom in the world that I hadn't put her in the tub before now.
  • January 6, 2013 10 of 10
    January 6, 2013
    Moving forward, I hereby declare the kitchen sink is reserved solely for dishes.
    Not that I think she'd ever let me put her back in the kitchen sink anyway.

Photo credits: Meredith Carroll

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