Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Haunted Huggies: A Dirty Diaper Mystery

Dirty diapers are a daily occurrence around this house. I can't remember a day in the past 5 years that I haven't changed someone's diaper or cleaned up someone else's poop. Which, as you can guess, has left me with a lot of dirty diaper to dispose.

And while some overly tired, new moms (or overly tired, busy, experienced moms) may forget where they have left a dirty diaper; I can safely say I'm not one of them.

I'm an over the top germ-a-phobe, so the idea of leaving a cluster of bacteria infested deification laying around my home for my toddler to get into disturbs me greatly.

(Which is one of the many reasons I was revolted about my son repainting the bedroom in the Losing My Mind and the Duct Tape post I did a few months back).

So when an opened, revolting smelling, dirty diaper mysteriously appeared on my son's dresser yesterday I was left with chills and questions.

Where did the diaper come from?

Because I know I didn't put it there.

Which is the first sign it wasn't me: The fact that it was there in the first place.

So here's my dirty diaper mystery in a nutshell...

Everyday at 11:00 I put Liam down for his nap. First I make him a bottle, then I change his diaper, sing to him and lay him down.

Well yesterday the diaper was an extremely nasty one. So I vividly remember rolling it up, throwing it away in the kitchen, and thinking that he wasn't allowed to have Nutella on his toast anymore for breakfast.

Fast forward 2 hours.

Liam wakes up at around 1:30ish. I love getting him as soon as he wakes because he's all warm and squishy and loves to cuddle. I noticed the room smelled bad, checked his diaper (which was empty) and told myself that the smell must be lingering from the last diaper. (Yes, it was that bad).

I didn't think anything of it.

So imagine my surprise when I went into his room to put away his laundry moments later and found a dirty diaper opened and sitting on his dresser.

Second sign it was not me: It was not rolled up like I ALWAYS do so the mess doesn't get all over. Husband and I have had conversations about not rolling up the diapers. It's an OCD thing for me (much like the germ thing). I WOULD NOT be leaving diapers laying around. Especially if they are unrolled. It just wouldn't happen.

So I wondered, "Did he change his own diaper?"

I went to check.

And found that his diaper was on perfectly and his butt was clean as a whistle.

Then I got to thinking.

He can't reach the diapers. They are on a shelf, in the closet, above the dresser. Even if he climbed on the dresser (which I've seen him try to do) he isn't tall enough to reach the shelf above it to get to the diapers.

I have to stand on my tip toes to get to them. There's no way he could!

Oh, well maybe the diaper bag then...

Nope. Wrong again.

Hung in the closet and untouched since I put it there on Monday. Still had the 2 diapers I always put in it and still had the sleeper folded nicely.

So how on earth did that dirty diaper get there, you ask?

I have no idea.

My oldest son was in school and husband was at work. So I was alone in the house with my toddler.

We'd also had no visitors yesterday either.

I didn't put it there.

Like I said before, not only was it there to begin with AND unrolled, but I'd put him down for bed and didn't go back into that room until he woke two hours later.

Third sign it wasn't me: Liam is a light sleeper and his door squeaks. Which would wake him up in a heartbeat. (As does people calling my phone, knocking on my front door, or even walking through the hallway heavy-footed). So, short of a fire, NO ONE goes in that room while he's asleep. Mom's orders.

To this day, I still can't think of a single explanation.

Even if Liam did it himself. There's no way, other than flying, he can get to the diapers OR the wipes to change it himself.

And even if he did, how on earth could he put the new one on so perfectly?! He's only 2! 

I told husband about it when he got home from work. Even HE couldn't think of a single way that diaper got changed. And he always has an explanation for anything mysterious.

So the question I'm left with is...


Right now, your guess is as good as mine.

**Am I the only mother this has ever happened to? Please tell me some of your creepy and mysterious children's tales in the comments below. (Even if you found an explanation for it later on).


  1. CREEPY!! Wait...not creepy. It's fantastic that a diaper magically changed itself! If you can just get the magic diaper changing force to roll the dirty ones up nicely and put them in the proper place, you will have it made!!

    1. Ha! No doubt. Should sit down with this mysterious entity and have a heart to heart. Perhaps even train it's buddies and corner the market on spiritual nannies. I'm seeing green (and it's not just from the diaper).

  2. It was the Banchakees...

    1. Shhhhhh... Don't talk about that here. I'll have to put it in a post!

  3. GHOST!

    No, but that is odd though....

  4. hahaha..I found myself on the edge of my seat with this one. I really hoped you'd have an explanation!! Creeeepy.

  5. Hmmm...quite an odd scenario. Can't say I have an explanation but can say, much like you, diapers were always discarded the minute they camme off my baby's butt. So glad diaper days are over for me.

    1. I can't wait to say the same thing. Bottle first, then diapers.

  6. I always hoped that the diaper fairy (along with the house-work fairy, and the laundry fairy) would magically appear in my house. Obviously, you are on the good list and I am not. What's your secret? Come on, fess up. You are holding out on some important detail - it couldn't just be a sleepy husband changing baby in the middle of the night, that would be too ordinary.

    It had to be the diaper fairy!

    1. Well, not to diss the diaper fairy, but she didn't do it right. If I see her I will send her your way.

  7. Ha Ha! I find rolled up diapers all over the place. My dear husband has a tendency to leave them EVERYWHERE. However, the worst place I found a dirty diaper was in the washing machine....that was disgusting! And PS: The blog looks FANTASTIC!!!!


Hey guys! Don't forget to leave me a comment! Love hearing from you!