June 18 08

i love my nanny. really, i do. she’s the wife i always wished i had. she is the extra set of hands and the extra set of brains that i need to make sure shit gets done in casa de martell. she makes sure that the kids have lunches. and that Josh’s library book goes back to school. she does laundry and puts stuff away. and always knows where my missing pair of shoes is. she helps bathe Isabella while i help Emily with her homework.

but sometimes she, erm, well, she surprises me.

like last night, when i gazed suspiciously at the bottle of palmolive…

the once orangish-pinkish-peachish dishwashing soap was now a suspiciously strange shade of blue.

tide blue.

oh,  yes, she did.

she ran out of dish soap so she filled the container and had been washing our dishes all day with TIDE. i’m pretty sure we are all going to die. or we are going to eat on paper plates for the rest of our lives.

but, there’s always a silver lining.

i’m pleased to announce that after only 30 minutes of crying and asking for it, and 30 minutes of stalling, Miss Isabella Rose is PACI-FREE! the MAM sure served us well. fare thee well. they are all on their way to Elijah Wood (and by on their way to Elijah Wood, i mean on their way to the dump)

so long and thanks for all the sleep.

  1. Yay for Isabella… maybe Elijah will take one of those pacifiers and shut up for a minute!


    Not defending, but technically when your kids were babies, didn’t they put things like washcloths in their mouths? And were those washed with Tide? And were you worried? I don’t think you’re going to die.

    But still, dishes with Tide? Ick.

    Maybe you need to follow the MTM school of thought on cleaning products: have a full bottle in the house all the time. Then, when you open it, put that item on the weekly grocery list… it means you’ll always have that item in the house in duplicate.

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on June 18, 2008
  2. Well done on the dummy disposal….sigh, Miranda has chewed through each and every one of her Mam’s but still sucks on them. They are gradually making their way to the bin – however, she managed to find one of Tobs’ old Avent ones tonight…SIGH, she has been told that she has to give the up for Big Girl 4-year old Kindy in Feb 09 so here’s hoping…

    Tide? ICK, yuck, gross, but I’m sure you’ll be fine…:))) I want your nanny too!

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    Comment by Heidi on June 18, 2008
  3. Ahh, the binky is both a blessing and a curse. Congrats on getting Isabella through it… My Ava was hooked too. It took a week till she was over it. Here is a photo in one of her more peaceful binky moments.


    Comment by traci on June 18, 2008
  4. Just switch to Dr. Bronners – it smells yummy and washes everything.

    Comment by kgirlto on June 18, 2008
  5. Oooh Ali you are an inspiration to get paci free…after our vacation in a few weeks, that is the plan. Not a chance I’m gonna make her part with the thing before a 5 hour plane ride followed by a 5 hour car ride…but after that for sure it’s gone!

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    Comment by KathyM on June 18, 2008
  6. Congrats!
    Eva is a Mam gal too! They’re so much prettier than the Gerber Nuks that the boys used!
    Somehow she has managed to wean herself off of them and they are now a “crib only” thing.

    And if your dishsoap is your only issue with the nanny – consider yourself lucky. I’ve tried 3 housekeepers and they have each been a complete waste of money.

    Comment by Christine on June 18, 2008
  7. Yay, congrats!!! Elijah Wood — love it! And what was your nanny thinking, honestly???

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    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on June 18, 2008
  8. Instead of the tide, I think I would have gone for the hand soap… but that’s just me.

    Congrats on being Paci-Free!!!

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    Comment by Sarah on June 18, 2008
  9. Congrats on the paci! Way to go!!! And congrats on the mensa nanny doing your dishes!!!

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    Comment by ohmommy on June 18, 2008
  10. Wouldn’t shampoo have been a better choice than Tide?

    Yay Isabella!

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    Comment by Kristabella on June 18, 2008
  11. Ew on the dish soap! I have never tried that, although my mom used to dilute it with so much water towards the end of the bottle. All that would come out were suds.


    You make me want to have a girl. Shame on you! 😉

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    Comment by mary on June 18, 2008
  12. Awww…the paci is so cute, though.

    I have NO IDEA what I am going to do when it is time to get Emily to stop sucking her thumb.

    For now, she can suck away 🙂

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    Comment by Angella on June 18, 2008
  13. little d still sucks on his imaginary-paccy when he’s sleeping : ( so sad.

    At least your dishes will have that “just hung out on the clothesline freshness”!

    Also, I agree with the other posters, if the Tide issue is your worst prob. you’re lucky! My last domestic assistant stole my brand new ipod!

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    Comment by Cristan on June 18, 2008
  14. Tide????? REALLY???? OK someone had a big fuckin brain fart.

    YAY for no Paci’s!

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    Comment by Miss on June 18, 2008
  15. love the HHGttG shout out at the end.

    Comment by Giblet on June 18, 2008
  16. Maybe you should dry your dishes with DRYER SHEETS!!! HAHAHAHA. Ha.

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  17. Wow. Impressive. I’m sure Elijah Wood is grateful!
    That’s just bizarre about the Tide. Seriously weird.

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    Comment by LD on June 18, 2008
  18. Yay! Surely it will only get easier for her & you.

    hehehe your poor nanny, does she know you blog about her? 😛 I guess she figured it was a cleaning product, so was therefore better than nothing. I understand her reasoning.
    Does your nanny live with you? she sounds awesome & so helpful!

    Comment by Bronnie on June 18, 2008
  19. oh CONGRATS on her paci leaving! wooo!

    Comment by mamatulip on June 18, 2008
  20. Ali have i ever told you what a genius i know you are?! well its all true good job getting rid of Bellas paci.

    Comment by LAVENDULA on June 18, 2008
  21. congratulations! i didn’t wean from my “pats” until my mom let me lose them all around the house. eventually, i had lost the last one and she said, “well, they’re all gone, no more.” i cried for them so much, but eventually i accepted the inevitable. i think we found the last one floating around the house when i was 11. 😛

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    Comment by Lara on June 18, 2008
  22. I can’t believe your nanny did that! Brutal!

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    Comment by Haley-O on June 18, 2008
  23. That is so an Aaron thing to do. I once pulled the old Palmolive in the dishwasher trick myself, so perhaps I shouldn’t judge.

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    Comment by slynnro on June 18, 2008
  24. You’re all so hip with a nanny. IF my dishes get done..there may or may not have been soap involved AT ALL!

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    Comment by good&crazy on June 18, 2008
  25. Hmmm … how hazardous is Tide, I wonder?

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    Comment by Teena in Toronto on June 18, 2008
  26. I need a wife. And if she’d do the dishes, I’d let her use anything she likes! 😉

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    Comment by AbsolutelyBananas on June 19, 2008
  27. Good for Isabella! That is great news.

    And Tide for washing dishes? Wow, she really was desperate, eh?!

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    Comment by Multi-Tasking Mommy on June 19, 2008
  28. Ha! I carried my paci around with me (in a styrofoam cup, no less) until I was 4 years old.

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    Comment by Katie on June 20, 2008
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  30. Awesome. We have *got* to get rid of the paci, my child is WAY behind the age of needing it and yet I am lame and he still has it (only at home and in the car, NOT in public). He’s still 3 but he will soon be 4 and it better be gone by then.

    Comment by Kelly on August 15, 2008
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