For those who want to know how it’s like to be a full-time mom, especially when you’ve got little feet running around, you can ask Sarah Wruck.
Like other moms, this mother-of-four also has many stories to tell. But there’s this unforgettable time when she left her 2-year-old son Eli and his 1-year-old brother Ben in the living room to quickly prepare tea in the kitchen.
Five minutes – and a lot of things can happen.
When she came back to the living room, she was shocked to find that Eli had painted their $3,000 TV.
Sarah, also a mother to 8-year-old Noah and 13-year-old Oliver, was stunned when she realized what her son had used for paint.
“They were both happily together in the living room watching a movie when I got up to start making dinner,” Sarah shared.
“I could hear that they were really quiet, and I know that when they’re quiet something is going on. I asked them what they were doing, and I heard ‘I’m painting!’ and I just thought, ‘oh no.’
“Their dad had left the nappy cream on the change table nearby, and Eli had gotten into it and smothered himself and the television with it.
“When I saw what happened, I screamed for my partner. He couldn’t believe it.
“I was experiencing a combination of laughing and crying. I couldn’t believe how much damage he’d done in such a little amount of time. I’d been gone less than five minutes.”
It took her more than an hour to get rid of the cream using dry clothes, glass cleaner and detergent.
“He loves art. He scribbled on the walls before with markers, and to him this was ‘painting’ and he seemed very proud of what he’d done.
“Nappy cream seems to be one of those things that toddlers just love to get into, I have no idea why.
“My partner took Eli and started wiping him off with tissues and then gave him a bath. I cleaned the TV, it wiped off with some dry cloth and then some dishwashing detergent followed by glass cleaner. It was over an hour of cleaning and I had no idea if it would work or not.
“Luckily, it turned on and everything was fine. But we’ll put the cream up a bit higher from now on. You just never know with kids, and from what I’ve learned silence is the most dangerous thing.”
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