James Joyce Knows Motherhood

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”
— Agatha Christie

such a beautiful quote on motherhood

yesterday my day was more like this quote

“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.”
— James Joyce

emphasis on the dunghill

I came back from work yesterday, said goodbye to the babysitter, and told my daughter I needed to “go potty.” Yes, I am a grown woman who says “go potty” probably 20 times a day – even in reference to myself.

Caroline took off like a rocket towards my bathroom. She grabbed the kid potty out from under the sink and set it on the floor. We are not potty training her. She just found the potty stored under there one day and takes it out every once in awhile.

She took off her pants and made it clear she wanted to take off her diaper. I helped her, humoring her since I needed to change her diaper anyway. She wanted to take her shirt off but I refused. Just for the record, no one else takes their shirt off here when going to the bathroom.

I realized I didn’t have a clean diaper so I walked around the corner to get one.

When I walked back in I found this…

Poop.At first my eyes to brain connection wasn’t working. I couldn’t figure out what the pile was on the ground. When I suddenly made the connection…

Oh Sh*t!


I calmly grabbed her, cleaned her up – this included taking off her shirt which was now dirty (I should have listened to her about taking off her shirt), her dirty socks (she had managed to run all around the room in the 5 seconds I was gone), and her body.

I cleaned up the mess and put her down for her nap.

All rather calmly if I do say so myself.

An hour later I found another pile of it in my the closet……on the carpet.

14 thoughts on “James Joyce Knows Motherhood

  1. Oh god! I think it’s a good thing I’m not a mom because she would be in permanent time out with me…aahhhh!

  2. I’m still laughing and am so thankful I’m not at the potty training stage yet!!! Now it really makes you wonder….where else is she squatting?

  3. Oh no, that’s never fun! You’re a good mom for remaining calm…not always easy;o) hehe

  4. She’s totally going to hate you one day for posting this stuff 🙂 But I am enjoying it. Haha.

  5. When I saw the picture, my first thought was “at least she missed the carpet” and my second was “oh no, there’s a footprint smudge, where else did it go?” It’s a good thing kids are cute isn’t it?

  6. I think you need to dust off that copy of “Once Upon a Potty” and start training! I’ve always heard that girls are easier…

  7. Oh my gosh Jennifer,,, I about cracked up seeing this picture… this is exactly what I meant when I said a picture is worth a thousand words, lol.

    Oh the joys of motherhood!!! You know my husband has never had the pleasure of having to put his hand in warm brown stuff, or wash out dirty underwear, yuck!!!

    Yup you should have listened to her when she wanted her shirt off, he he. My poor carpet has seen more poopy stains on it, than it ever should. How did you manage cleaning yours??? I use vinegar to get the smell out, and baking soda!!!

    THANKS for sharing this funny story with us at Bella Before and After, come grab a button and share the party with your readers,, we’d LOVE to hear many more stories!!!

    Bella 🙂

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