Ella's dancing feet

WHEN preparing for three-year-old Ella’s dance lesson in the morning, I’ll be double, no triple, checking we have EVERYTHING. Why? Well first, let’s rewind to last Friday morning.

Last Friday was particularly hectic – there was breastfeeding to be done, bags to pack, dishwashers to clear (well, only one dishwasher) and bottoms to be wiped. “No mum, I can wipe my own bottom’’. Here we go. “Of course you can, darling. Just make sure you put your underpants back on, OK?’’

Let’s just say this conversation went on for a while (I won’t bore you with the script) and ended with “I’ll put them on later’’. Fine, put them on later. I’ve got other things to do. Ah, we spend so long pushing for the day our li’l people become independent, little realising the ramifications.

You see, half way through her dance lesson, as I bounced Baby Holly on my lap, the dance teacher instructed her li’l subjects to lie back, feet in the air and pretend to be seals balancing a ball on their toes. It looked so gorgeous. Twenty sets of little feet cycling towards the sky.

Then a thought crossed my mind, my body suddenly felt hot and I slightly choked. Had Ella put her pants on in the end? If not, there were quite a few people now getting an eye full. Yep, she was as naked as the day she was born.

“Next, let’s all twinkle our fingers in the air, now bend over and touch the floor.’’ Nooooooooo. Please. She hasn’t got pants on. Too late. The other mums around me were in absolute hysterics. I had my hands full with Holly and could do nothing but watch it all unfold.

A few minutes later Ella runs over to me. Little does she realise just how much of herself she’s revealed to her peers. I quickly do the hand-up-the-dress thing just to confirm what I already know and indeed, there are no underdaks covering the “front and back bum’’. I try to convince her that we need to get her spare pants out of her bag before the next dance begins, but she runs off laughing. Yeah, real funny.

Finally, when dancing has finished, she complies and happily jumps into a pair of stripey pink and white knickers. Too late now, love. Everyone’s already seen what you had for breakfast. *sigh*

So, my lesson to you is, fight for your little people’s independence, sure. But understand, as with everything, there are consequences.

Do you have issues with keeping your child in underpants? Or is it just my child?

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52 Responses to FEATURE: When life goes bottoms up

  1. amie says:

    Kel, i loved it!

  2. Margaret says:

    Kellie that is so funny, can just see it all unfolding. Hope tomorrow is less stressful.

  3. Shelly says:

    I was having a ‘woe is me’ kind of morning. Then I read this, and laughed. Thanks.

    Mstr7 did go commando style to school the other day, and I don’t even know why.

  4. Caz says:

    FABULOUS!!! Love it Kellie. Sounds just like something that would happen to me at my house. Lucky for me only the two biggest pinks are currently being ballerina’s and they have now mastered the knicker wearing skill. Thanks for the giggle little princesses :O)

    • Kel says:

      Lucky for you, Caz! Think I’ve got some work to do with this little knickerless ballerina! hehe! Glad it gave you a giggle too!! 🙂

  5. feli says:

    Owh dear. LOL.

  6. Toni says:

    HILARIOUS! but the funniest part was that, thank GOD, it didn’t happen to me 🙂

  7. Hehe. I’ve been up with a cranky baby since 1am (now almost 4am) and this managed to make me smile. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kel says:

      Oh, you poor thing. I’ve just had a similar night – 45 minute lots of sleep and now starting the day at 4.45am! It must be the night for cranky babies. I’m blaming two little toothy pegs poppig through! *sigh*
      So glad it brightened your “early” morning! 🙂

  8. Fiona says:

    Love that kids have no shame until we put it upon them 🙂

  9. Tutu Ames says:

    Hahaha oh to be young and so carefree where undies don’t matter.

    The innocence is beautiful.

    • Kel says:

      Don’t you wish you could press the rewind button some days! Thankfully, we got through dancing today with undies on!! 🙂

  10. Becky says:

    THIS is hilarious! And I will be checking the three year old before dance class next week!

    • Kel says:

      Yes do, Becky!! Just incase they end up dancing“the seal” or bending down to touch toes! hehe!! We got through dancing today fully clothed! 🙂

  11. Kazz says:

    Hehe, reminds me of myself. I had a fancy dress competition where I went as a doll. I asked my mum if dols wear undies.. she said no and continued on with her busy scheduled. Competition was outside on a windy day. Enough said.

  12. Trish says:

    Hilarious and i love the warning.
    More than once I saw my eldest son had no undies under his soccer or sports shorts – could only tell when they sat down. He wasn’t the only kid
    One of my twins prefers not to wear undies to bed and when he dresses too …or does #2 lucky we haven’t had any dramas.

    • Kel says:

      There’s nothing like feeling free!! LOL! I love that he wasn’t the only one. Classic.
      Ella loves having no undies on under her pajamas too! Not sure what that’s all about. 🙂

  13. Glowless says:

    Hahaha this is so funny Kellie!
    My friend is a ballet teacher and her fave class is her 4-5 year olds, but at the beginning of the year all their leotards are a little big (obviously so they’ll fit the whole year) and the legs in the air thing leaves the crotch gaping to the side! Luckily the concert is at the end of the year!

    • Kel says:

      LOL! Classic! The things ballet teachers must see.
      I went and apologised to Ella’s teacher after the lesson and she said she didn’t even notice. I’m thinking she was probably just being polite!! 🙂

  14. Funny! My 2yo has a habit of stripping her clothes off at random moments and running around shouting “I’m nudey!” – or taking her knickers off when I don’t realise she has and then lifting her dress up as we walk down the street. I’m hoping she outgrows this sometime in the next 10 years… 😉

    • Kel says:

      LOL! Yes, I’m with you Megan.
      Keeping clothes on Ella is becoming a challenge for us! Not good when she stands at the front window waving at the neighbours!!
      I actually have another nudie rudie post to write this week that’s even more “starkers” than this one! 🙂

  15. Tracy says:

    This is hilarious!! Things to keep in mind when Wriggles gets older!
    When my son was younger he went commando-style to karate class – but being in pants it wasn’t a drama, luckily!

    • Kel says:

      LOL! Yes, let’s hope you never have to deal with this one, Tracy!! 🙂
      Lucky for karate pants too, I say! Might have to introduce long pants or stockings to dancing!

  16. Amanda says:

    LOL another reason to add to my list of why it’s easier to have a boy than a girl, no skirt action to reveal such a situation!

    Rewinding from the Fibro

  17. Maxabella says:

    Hysterical! Thank god little girls don’t know shame or she would be mortified forever! x

  18. Bless her cotton socks. So cute and funny.

    My daughter regularly just strips off. Doesn’t matter where or when. If I ask her what she is doing she says “Don’t worry Mum, I’m just getting nude.”

    Hi From The Fibro.

    • Kel says:

      LOL! Oh yes, we have lots of those moments too. Ella loves being a “nudie rudie”! Oh to be able to be that free! 🙂

  19. Daisy says:

    LOL LOVE it!!! I especially loved the part where she realised she had no undies on and still ran away laughing! Kids are so precious!

  20. Seana Smith says:

    Ah yes, the nudity issue… all mine have been free bottomers … they grow out of it in the end… my five year old son still loves his nudity… and why not? Some days we mums can check the fine detail but on the days we can’t, well other mums get a laugh at least.

  21. One of my daughters went to school without any knickers & was mortified when they put her in ‘boy’ undies. The Shame – not no knickers, boy undies.
    Dropping by from the fibro.
    J x

    • Kel says:

      Oh, I share her pain. The same thing happened to me at school once. Mortified is the right word for it, Jenifer!! 🙂

  22. You really have to worry about forgetting the underthings when they turn 13!

  23. Melissa says:

    Oh, how cute! I mean, I’m blushing and cringeing right along with you. But I can just imagine how funny that would have been, and I love how carefree they all are about it at that age.

    I say it’s only a problem if she’s 15…..

  24. Great story. One to bring out for her 21st!

  25. Oh this is too cute and hilarious!
    She is going to be SO embarrassed when you tell this story at her 18th!
    Thanks for the great laugh, I have tears in my eyes!

    Rewinding at the Fibro.

  26. LOL. Mr4 would always rather go without pants, but fortunately we have that extra layer over the top at all times. Commando is not so bad when you’re male!

    Thanks for rewinding at the Fibro!

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