At some point, it became more about playing than cleaning.
They HAVE to be in the tub when the water is running so they can hold toys under to flow and clean them. If they're not in the tub, they'll be standing at the edge, leaning precariously over the deepening water.
|I protect the faucet from little ones and little ones from the faucet.|
Once the toys have been rinsed, a wash cloth is used to scrub them clean and dry them. Sometimes, they are lined up on the side of the tub and at other times they are tossed back into the water. The two larger animals, dolphin and turtle, are guided along the edge of the tub and up the shower walls. For some reason, they make a VROOM sound like the cars and trucks do.
In the past, if water so much as touched one of their faces, they would be reduced to tears and screams. Now, they stick their faces in the water to blow bubbles, pour water over each other's head, or use a "water gun toy" to spray one another. Typically, as soon as a face is wet, the wash cloth is used to dry it off.
More often than not, the first attempt to dry a face is done by grabbing the wash cloth straight from the bottom of the tub. It's a funny thing, wet wash cloths do a poor job of drying things off. So after they wring it out, they try again.
Once they're all clean we need to dry off. They MUST get a dab of lotion on their hands so they can rub it in themselves. Actually, they need to get a little dab about a dozen times. Once they're dried, lotioned, and dressed, they INSIST on putting everything back in the proper drawer and putting the rolling drawer thing in the closet.
Only then can we brush hair and leave the bathroom.
It's turned into one big game. Most of the time we have fun, but not on the days they don't nap well.
The only thing I can say to share what that is like is to quote one of Brynne's favorite sayings: