Ames loves bathing. Showers are a rare treat, considering how much time (and water) the kid spends on the pastime. He’d stay in the shower all day if I’d let him, and he’s forever pulling the curtain back to show splash me how much fun he’s having.
Like I said, Ames loves bathing. What Ames does not love is getting clean. My boy detests soap – any kind, any form, any approach, any body part. He screams as if he’s hurt, before my hands even reach him. Bath time tends to head downhill rather quickly, once it’s time to get down to business. So imagine my surprise last week, when Ames didn’t fight me when I initiated the wash phase. Instead, he made a simple request.
WAIT! I WANT DA HAWT SOAP, MOMMA.
The hot soap? What hot soap, love?
NOT HOT SOAP… THE HAWT SOAP!
He held his hands up to his face, chubby fingers in the shape of a heart & baby blues peeking through.
DAT! THAT SOAP WOOKS WIKE A HAWT!
He’d spotted it, whatever it was. He was pointing to our Baby Mantra goodies.
Apparently, the Baby Mantra logo reminds our imaginative boy of a heart (UPDATE: I finally see the heart, thanks to one of you!). I’m okay with that, because I’ve fallen in love with this stuff. The Baby Grocery Store sent over a few bath time products last month, as part of our new partnership. I’d mostly been saving the soap & lotion for the sisters, but apparently Ames grew attached after I shared it with him one night.
I guess it’s a good thing. His skin has proven far more sensitive than any of the other kids, and the coconut oil in the Baby Mantra doesn’t dry him out. I’m also grateful that the wash can be used head-to-toe, so I don’t have to switch out products halfway through. I’m tempted to pull the lotion from the girls’ room, in order to tend to Ames’ high-maintenance winter issues. I’ve read some success stories regarding Baby Mantra and eczema, so I’m optimistic!
Last night, Lucas gave Ames his bath and sure enough… I was summoned about halfway through the fun. Lucas asked, “He keeps asking for heart soap. What is that?”