My oh-so-wise friend R and her husband introduced us to this distress call. Basically, when one parent finds herself/himself in the midst of a particularly awful diaper changing scenario, they can call for back-up by yelling “Code Brown!” Unfortunately with our daughter, our Code Browns are frequent. She is proficient in once-a-day blowouts that basically require hosing down the entire changing table. We are considering installing an indoor sprinkler system in the nursery for this reason. These blow-outs are truly tremendous events.* My husband is especially vocal when he is the first responder. His pitiful moans and groans would have the uneducated ear believing that he was dealing with a situation worse than death. Every time I point out that such verbal antics may be slightly dramatic and don’t actually aid the situation, I get the evil eye, so I’ve just stopped pointing this out and just started showing up armed with a plastic bag. My favorite was that only once has she varied from her routine and gone for two blow-outs in a day. She carefully timed one for just before my husband handed her over before leaving for work in the morning and one for as soon as he picked her up upon returning home that evening 🙂
In the vein of the birth control we provide to my sister and BIL, they witnessed a Code Brown firsthand last weekend. Requiring all hands on deck, my husband made my BIL hold the soiled changing pad until we could properly address the situation. He gamely agreed, held his arms straight out in front of him, squeezed his eyes shut and tried very hard not to gag. I’d like to think his love for his niece deepened just a little more that day 🙂
*Big thanks going out to Grandma, R.G. & J&J who have also recently braved the blow-out situation for us!!!
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