Happy Belated Easter everyone! I hope that you all had a relaxing and enjoyable time with family and friends. I personally enjoyed the time with my son this weekend.
So you might be wondering…what’s up with the Easter Egg hunt in the toilet? Well, I’ll tell you. It actually started on Wednesday…Micah’s teacher called me at work saying that Micah had a fever of 102. I left work and sped off to his school to grab him. I hate it when Micah is sick – I always panic and get a bit freaked out. You would think that I would be somewhat used to it by now especially with him having asthma, but nope – I still freak out and panic over every little thing. On the way to his school, I called his doctor’s office to schedule an appointment to have them see Micah immediately. Sometimes, it may just be a fever and sometimes it is definitely more than that.
Micah seemed to be in a rare mood (I’ll share that story in another post), but we found out that Micah possibly could have strep. Yuck! I hoped that he didn’t, because I know it could be really hard on him. I braced myself for the crying that would inevitably come with him having strep throat.
On the way out of the doctor’s office, the nurse gave Micah at least 20 Easter eggs (yes 20!). They were these little multicolored eggs and although sick, Micah completely fell in love with them. I swear, those nurses really like to torture me with these little gifts that they give him lol. He couldn’t wait to get home and open them all up.
When we arrived home, I made a quick lunch while Micah was watching his favorite shows. He held on to all of the eggs the entire time. He just wouldn’t let it go. After eating lunch, we snuggled on the sofa and fell asleep.
I woke up a few hours later and Micah was burning up. I gave him some Tylenol, and he drifted back off to sleep. When I realized that Micah was still holding the eggs, it was too late – he was started to awaken. Ugh! Why didn’t I think of grabbing those eggs while he was asleep??!!
Micah seemed to be feeling a bit better, so he sat on the floor and started to open ALL the EGGS! I just knew this was immediately going to be a problem, but I just let it go for the moment. I wanted him to have his fun, but reminded him that he would have to clean everything up before he started playing with his prizes. He completely ignored me.
I started to get more and more frustrated watching all of the eggs. As I picked up a few off the floor, Micah snatched them back, “That’s my eggs…not your eggs…my eggs!” Ok, this is surely not going to end well. I left the living room and started moving around the house getting some stuff done – folding laundry, doing the dishes, and cleaning up the bathroom. Again, I walked into the living room and the eggs were still there. I walked away again because honestly I just didn’t want to deal with it at the moment. Again, I walked into the living room and I walked towards my desk. Without really thinking about it, I was upright one moment and on my back on the floor the next moment. I had slipped on the freaking eggs. That’s it – “Micah, it’s time to clean up the eggs right now!”
“Ok!” he yelled back. He started picking up all the eggs and I went back into his bedroom to put away the laundry. I noticed that it got really quiet so I went into the living room, where I found all of the eggs back on the floor. I got so frustrated that I yelled again, “Micah, pick up all of the eggs right now or I’m putting them in the trash!”
He responds, “No! You no put my eggs in the trash!”
“I won’t just throw it in the trash…I’ll flush them down the toilet!”
“No Mommy! I pick up the eggs! Ok?”
“Good, don’t let me come back in here and they are not picked up!”
I returned to his bedroom and continued taking clothes out of the dryer, folding them, and putting them either in the laundry basket to go to my room or putting them away in his dresser drawers.
It got quiet again, and suddenly I heard a flush. I didn’t think anything of it at first, because Micah is fascinated with flushing the toilet. Then, I heard the second flush. Now, I’m worried…
I walked into the bathroom and water was sneaking out of the bathroom and into the hallway. What the heck? Micah is standing over the toilet and yelling, “I’m Easter Egg hunting, Mommy!”
It took about 15 seconds before I could react, I was in complete and utter shock. The water had soaked the bathroom rugs already, running through the hallway and making its way to my living room.
I think I lost it – I grabbed Micah and put him in the living room, ran into the bathroom, turned off the water under the toilet tank, grabbed as many towels as I could, and started to block the water from making its way into the living room. Micah was crying the entire time – it was nearly driving me insane. I had to figure out what to do and he kept making his way through the water in the hallway to come over to me. He hates seeing me upset, so he kept coming by and asking me for a hug. You want a hug now??!!! No! So I tried to stay calm and tell him to go back into the living room so I could this mess cleaned up, but he kept coming closer and closer. Finally, I snapped, “Get out of the water and back into the living room now!” He screamed at this point, but went into the living room. A few minutes later, he returned with the mop. I know he was trying to help but he was just making it worse. Instead of snapping again, I thanked him for the mop and asked him to go back into the living room. This time, he listened.
After mopping up most of the mess on the floor, I then looked into the toilet to see the damage. All 20 of the freaking Easter Eggs were floating in the toilet water, either still in the toilet or getting ready to splash onto the floor with the toilet water. I got most of the floating Easter eggs out of the toilet and threw them into the tub.
Looking into the toilet again, I could tell that there were at least 3 or 4 Easter eggs blocking the toilet, so I grabbed the plunger. The first plunge broke the freaking plunger. It seems that the rubber was really hard and when I tried to use it, it just cracked under the pressure. Come on! Can I catch a break?
That meant that I had to put my arm into the water (elbow deep) to grab the Easter eggs one by one out of the toilet. When I finally got the last one out, the water was happy to escape because the toilet flushed really quickly.
Finally, the episode was over. I listened out for Micah and when I didn’t hear him, I made my way into the living room. Micah was asleep on the sofa, with tears still streaming down his face. I felt incredibly sad watching him like that. I leaned in to give him a big hug, when I realized – I still had toilet water all over me.
I cleaned up the last bit of the mess, threw the towels in the washing machine, and jumped into the shower. When I got out of the shower, I felt like a new person. I threw on some sweats and ran into the living room to give Micah a big hug. When I picked him up, he woke up a little and smiled. And he gave me a huge hug! Before I could tell him to, he apologized for making a mess and for me being mad at him. Before I could say anything, he drifted back to sleep with his hands wrapped around my neck.
Honestly, the whole situation is my fault – I can honestly admit that little fact (well, huge fact). I think I was aggravated with something else and I took it out on Micah’s poor eggs. I can’t really be completely upset with Micah. He was only Easter egg hunting, after all lol. But either way, I really came close to losing my mind. I even went downstairs to the neighbors to make sure they didn’t have any water in their apartment – luckily, they didn’t.
It has taught me a lesson though – never threaten to flush your child’s toys. They may just do it for you, and give you more work than you could ever imagine. And even though I’m not proud of how I reacted and I’m working on doing better, but I am happy how it ended.
Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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