Do you ever get the urge to do something totally crazy? That’s what happened to me today. It was 8:00 am and after being awakened by my daughter at 5:00 this morning, I really really wanted to take a shower.
But naptime isn’t until noon. I normally only shower during naptime or after my daughter’s bedtime because I fear that if I do it while she’s awake, she will have a freak-out in her play pen mid-shower, causing me to have to cut my shower short and endure the rest of the day with shampooey hair. Not my idea of a good time.
But today was different. Today I decided to live on the edge. Today I put my daughter in the play pen and took a shower.
I filled the play pen with the most awesome and exciting toys that I could find, left the bathroom door open so I could hear what she was up to (you know in case the baby monitor stopped working which I also brought with me. Yes, I’m that mom), and I crossed my fingers.
To my surprise and delight, there was not a single complaint from the little prisoner. In fact, from what I could hear, she was having quite the party in there. It was smooth sailing.
Until the smoke detector went off.
Yup. Probably shouldn’t have left the bathroom door open. Didn’t think of that. I jumped out of the shower, grabbed a towel and ran out of the bathroom (just in case there really was a fire). There was not. Okay, good. No problem. I’ll just turn off the smoke detector. How do I turn it off? Crap. Okay, maybe I just unscrew it and there’s an off switch inside. No. There isn’t.
So I called my husband at work, feeling like a giant fool, standing on a chair in a towel, soaking the floor with my wet hair, trying not to get electrocuted and swearing to myself that I will learn how to work the house before the next time he goes out of town (or to work for the day).
“You probably shouldn’t have unscrewed it. There are live wires in there.”
He told me how to turn it off and I actually managed to follow his instructions. There’s a button (on the outside). You press it.
Fortunately, my daughter sat there calmly throughout the entire incident. No freak-outs. Me, on the other hand…For what it’s worth, I did try to step out of my comfort zone, and I did, indeed, take a shower.
I won’t be doing that ever again.