For those who don't use the mother's room at church, this rant will either be all the reasons you don't...or the reason you will never want to.
AND just to preface this, I am a moody pregnant woman...and I don't mean to offend ladies in my ward, just inform.
I had always been excited to use the mother's room. It felt like a really cool club you belonged to when you were nursing a baby. Since I didn't nurse Savannah, I never felt like I could go in that "special" room. I know it sounds stupid, but true. I could make bottles in sacrament meeting without ever leaving my seat, and if I am being totally honest...Paul was way better at getting Savannah to sleep, so I would have never been the one to take her out anyway.
I was so excited to finally use the mother's room with Devin, until I figured out what really happens in there.
Don't get me wrong, it can been a slice of heaven when you have a bunch of respectful ladies using it. But just like always, it only takes one person to ruin it.
On Sunday Devin was struggling during sacrament. Normally I would just walk the halls, rocking him, and hope he falls asleep. It has become way to complicated with pregnancy to do what seems so simple...so I thought I will go rock him in one of those semi-comfy chairs in the mother's room.
No one was in there. I turned the volume down on the speaker so it was just audible, and we rocked. I thought we had a good thing goin'.
Well, then I lost count after the 5th person came in to change their child's poopy diaper, leaving said poopy diaper in the pail, and leaving the room. They didn't come to nurse, and then maybe needed to change a diaper...it was for the purpose of changing a nasty. Not only that, most of them were not babies...they were toddlers or older.
You know who is left in the room to smell that nasty poopy you changed...while you went back to your business? ME, people...or other poor woman in the middle of nursing a baby.
Who likes to smell poop...!? Am I the only one that finds this completely disrespectful? Why would you use the mother's room to change a poopy diaper when there is a perfectly good changing station in the BATHROOM!! I mean people going into the bathroom are expecting it to not smell great. When I go in a room to nurse my baby, rock my baby to sleep, and listen to the meeting...I don't want to smell poop for 30 minutes.
Is there no unwritten code or etiquette for using this room? Please tell me this is not normal. If it is, I am going to be the woman in sacrament meeting whipping out my goods without going in the mother's room, because honestly I can't handle all that stank...
PS I know I sound dramatic over poop, but seriously.