#AtoZChallenge: ‘O’ is for “Oh, My God”

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet (and hopefully funny). This one happened a few weeks ago, so we’re not blasting too far into the past for this one.

We were at Walmart recently when Baby Girl had to use the bathroom. I love that she’s potty trained and that we don’t need pullups except for at night, but I hate public restrooms. There are exactly three restrooms in my town that don’t make me feel like I’m going to die when I go into them, and if I absolutely have to go, I’ll do whatever I can to get to one of those.

Yes, it’s possible that Little Man gets his fear of public restrooms from me (even though I totally play dumb when the doc asked). Remember this?

Unfortunately, when you have a little kid, avoiding public restrooms isn’t always possible.

After Baby Girl loudly announced her need to void her bladder, which no less than three other people heard, we headed towards the family restroom. It’s big enough to avoid touching the sides of the grimy stalls and is usually cleaner.


You’ve probably gathered that wasn’t the case on that day, and it wasn’t, not by a long shot. Here’s what we saw:

Despite being a toddler who was known for licking poop once, Baby Girl is also squeamish when it comes to public restrooms, so when she saw the poop on the toilet, she started yelling.

Out we went. And just after we exited the family restroom, Little Man, who was waiting outside started yelling.

Good lord. One of the workers took notice of Baby Girl’s partially clothed body and cracked up. I yanked up her pants and headed to the ladies’ restroom. Thankfully we were able to find a stall that was poop free that time.

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

30 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: ‘O’ is for “Oh, My God””

  1. As one of my duties at Michaels I had to clean the bathrooms once. Since there are mostly women who work there, I had to check both the women’s AND the men’s bathrooms. Someone had pooped in the urinal, thereby clogging it since there is a “smell good pellet” in there as well. (The things you learn, right?). It was this chore that led to my rethinking the joys of working there.

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      1. Michaels (at least my store) does not have a cleaning service. We employees were responsible for cleaning restrooms, the break room, cleaning up “accidents” that little kids sometimes have. That was the beginning of the end for me. I have to clean my own stuff at home, I’m not into cleaning other places for minimum wage.

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    1. I’ll be forever jealous of that. I remember when LM first started using the bathroom, he freaked me out one time when he placed his…jewels…on the dirty toilet rim. Noooo!


  2. Oh yes! Since we are travelling at the moment I am totally connecting with this. When my children were little I used to find Public libraries which always have clean toilets, or buy something at a cafe//bar that had nice toilets, also hospitals and some doctors – but had to sneak in.

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  3. Poor BG. I have the same reaction, but I can’t even imagine being at eye level with it. :/
    One thing they’ve done right in recent years is providing ‘family bathrooms’ in public spaces. Wish more places had them for those who are still in need.

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    1. I need to do a followup to this, based on our experience in the restroom yesterday. Went in, other people were in there, and she loudly asked if I was going to poop and demanded that I not do that. Lord.

      For real, should be a no-brainer, especially with new construction!

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      1. Lol and I totally blanked on the fact that this discussion was about public toilets! I have seen people carry them or these sock type sleeves to put on seats that are open in the middle. 🤮🤮 Just no!


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