One night last week, around 11:00 pm, Chloe (my little night owl) came running out of her room with incredible news.
"Mommy! Bria just went pee in Sophie's toybox! I saw her! I saw her get up and go in Sophie's room so I looked to see what she was doing and she went pee in her toybox! Really Mommy, she did!!!!"
I didn't believe her. I checked on Bria, she was sound asleep in her own bed. Chloe convinced me to go see if there was "wetness" on the toybox. I humored her and snuck into the baby's room where I didn't find any inexplicable moisture, then told Chloe she must have been imagining things and sent her back to bed.
Fast forward a couple days to this past Saturday. I had been noticing a strong urine smell in the baby's room, which is fairly normal when you're dealing with a 12 month old. But, even after taking out the diaper pail and searching everywhere a stray diaper may have been hiding, the smell still lurked.
Finally I decided to just clean out all the toys. It needed to be done anyway. There is a basket of baby toys in Sophie's closet which I dumped out and sorted and found everything to smell fine. As fine as toys smell, anyway. So, I turned to the toybox which is at the foot of her crib. It holds all the baby dolls and their accessories. As soon as I opened the lid I knew I had found the source of the stench.
Everything in there was damp. All of the dolly dresses, blankets and the dolls themselves (the soft ones anyway) went straight into the washing machine. There was even a teacup at the bottom of the box that was full of urine. I couldn't believe what I was finding and I was wondering how on earth it had gotten there. Chloe's revelation from a few nights before had been totally forgotten and I was completely stymied.
Even as I put all of the dolly dishes and other things into the dishwasher to sterilize them, wiped out the toybox and sprayed it with Lysol, I had no idea on earth where all the pee could have come from. It wasn't until later that night after all the kids were in bed and I was cleaning up the kitchen that it hit me.
Bria. Oh my gosh, Bria did it.
You see, Bria sleepwalks to the bathroom almost every night. She has never actually peed somewhere besides the bathroom since she was 3 years old. And that was only one time...because she turned the wrong way when she came out of her bedroom and ended up in my room, where she peed on the floor next to my bed.
Sophie's room is directly across from the bathroom. The toybox is the first thing you see as you walk in her door. Evidently, Bria turned the wrong way, lifted the lid of the toybox as if it were the commode and went potty. On all the dolls. Totally asleep the entire time.
Next time Chloe tells me an incredible story such as this, I think I will give her the benefit of the doubt.