(The Spring Shadows Glen lives forever in my mind as the magical place my mother always threatened to go when we were driving her crazy. It sounds like it might be a nice retreat center, but no, it was a mental hospital. It exists under a different name now, but it makes me happy in my stressful mothering moments to say something just like my mama used to say. Also, one time when I was a kid I took a phone message for my mom - probably from someone who wanted her to speak at an event - and said that she was unable to come to the phone because she was at the Spring Shadows Glen. Bless my mom's heart. Maybe they thought it was a hotel.)
Okay, back to Annabeth. Y'all, she would not leave her diaper on to save her life, much less my sanity. Thank our God of mercy that we never had a finger painting on the walls with you know what incident. But in a span of five days she soaked her sheets and all her blankets four times. I was on the brink!
I'd heard of the duct tape solution and, y'all, I truly did not want to try it. It seemed wrong. But I was moments away from the Spring Shadows Glen and I had no other options. The duct tape belt, however medieval looking, proved to be very effective. But I hated it.
I mentioned our problem on the day I began my blog revival. The Lord heard my cries and a company called EscapeeJays found my post. They offered to send Annabeth some free escape-proof pajamas to try. Score!
(Seriously, how often does that happen?)
Here they are, people.
The zipper goes up the back.
They're terribly cute, I'm afraid. Adorbs, as my friend Molly Piper says. One look at my little wannabe escapee in her jailbird PJ's made the pain of her diaper rebellion flee.
The best news is that these jammies work. When she wears them I have absolutely no dread about what I'm going to find in the morning. Will she have soaked the bed? Nope. Will she have figured out how to take off the duct tape? Duct tape no longer needed! Will she have done the magical "diaper is still on and dry but the bed is soaked" number? Impossible!
This is a victory, people.
If you have a little diaper escapee who wants to be nekked as a jaybird, I think EscapeeJays are a really great, practical solution. You can find them here.
P.S. We have the purple ones too and they are also adorbs.