My question posed is what age does this stop? Really my dear children, I love you but need just 5 minutes alone in the shower..that is all I ask.
Yesterday actually started off as the most pleasant of the summer vacation. Everyone was getting along, they were all occupied and quiet, so I figured it was a good time to slip into the shower real fast.
Now a few months ago the door knob broke and my husband removed it but never replaced it! Wasn't a major issue at the moment, I can shut my bedroom door and then the toilet is located behind another door (with a knob!) in the bathroom. However I do leave my bedroom door open so I can hear, just in case.
So yesterday I start the shower step in, wet my hair and see a finger poking out of the whole where the door knob should be, then a yell through the hole, MOM!!!!!
Me: "What I'm in the shower, I'll be out in a minute"
Son #1: "Jared won't let me play, Playstation"
Me: "Play on the other one, I'll be out in second"
Son #1: ( door starts to open a bit more) "I don't want to play on that one. it's my day to play on the other one"
Me: (Now it a slightly more irritated voice) "Tell him I said it is your day! Now leave me alone until I can out!"
Son #2 ( A new voice yells from the "hole") "Joey took the Playstation and Gianna is watching TV, on the other TV. I have nothing to do now"
*Let me stop here and say apparently video games are the end all be all of life. I mean whatever would my children do without them? Actually get outside and play? Use their imaginations? That is unthinkable! ;-)
Me: ( Now yelling, with a head full of soap) " She is playing dolls, just play on the other TV!!! I will be out in a minute!"
Son #2 (Door flies open, tears streaming down his face) "Joey told Gia not to let me play, and for her to keep watching TV"
Me: "Are you really crying" ( a pause while I comprehend the fact that he is not just crying but hysterical, over this) "Stop, crying..get out of my bathroom, & go play on the other T.V and tell your sister to come here"
Yes at this point, I am actually inviting them in, and still have a head full of soap!
My Daughter: Flinging the bathroom door wide open, until it hits the wall "Hi, Mom what you doing, taking a shower?"
Me: Yes Gianna, I'm almost done can you watch T.V in my room and let your brother play Playstaion so Mommy can finish her shower"
My daughter: "OK"
She runs out to tell her brother. OK now maybe I can get this soap out of my hair, and finish this shower in peace!
And then the door flies open again!
My daughter: "Hey mom, Me take a shower?"
Me: (Having no fight left) "Sure Gianna, I'm getting out anyways"
So, I slightly still soapy me, gets out of the shower to turn it over to my 3 year old daughter so she can take a nice peaceful 25 minute shower. And the cycle repeats...One day I will take a complete, uninterrupted shower, even if I 65 when it happens!