FYBF – Big Brown Sharks

I thought long and hard about what this week’s FYBF feature should be.

How does one ring in 2013 with a bit of sparkle?

Then, bang on New Year’s Eve, Hollywood’s power celebrity couple of the moment, “Kimye” (Kim Kardashian and Kayne West) announced that they were having a bub.


But, let’s forget the glamour and glitz for a brief moment.

It’s summer. We’re up to our upteenth attempt in toilet training the twinlets.

Spending Christmas at Grandma’s, the boys were “hanging lose” in the little waddling pool. Playing freely in their birthday suits.


Never an issue, we didn’t think we had anything to worry about.

Until, came wandering a distinct waft of poop.

Having a quick peek in the pool, there was nothing.

Just my imagination, I thought.

Alas, a minute later, brown floaties appeared.

Lucky for you guys, I didn’t take any photos.


I can attest that my twin toddlers’ tummies can’t fully digest corn yet. Nor carrots for that matter.

Attempting to keep minimal damage to my MIL’s patio, Mr Surfer and I precariously drained the murky water into the adjacent garden.  Scooping the drifting faeces with plastic buckets and spades, we dumped it on her pelargoniums. It’s just fertilizer, right?

Filling up the pool again, we naively thought we were in the clear. That one brown shark attack was it.

We had forgotten that behind every set of twins, there is a conspiracy theory.

With only seconds of jumping back in the pool, the other dropped his shark.

Tell you what.  My MIL’s garden is going to look lush and green, albeit a little stinky.

So Kimye, hope you guys are ready for what’s in store. After all the cutesy cutesy moments and dressing up your offspring in extravagant designer clothes, get ready for sharks.


Those guys attack the rich and famous too.

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  1. says

    Oh the joys of toilet training….we’re experiencing those too with Delilah at the moment. It’s been so full-on that we just had to laugh when she decided to take off her undies and put a nappy back on! Haven’t had the ‘joy’ of brown floaties in the pool yet, but I’m sure that’s somewhere in our future too Grace….
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  2. says

    I’m sure they’ll have someone else to take care of the sharks! Don’t see her being very “hands on” at all! Already feel sorry for this poor kid!

    As for sharks – we had several in the bath tub I remember and I couldn’t handle it. I had to get hubby to take care of it. Hmmm, maybe I’m not much better than Kimye!
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  3. says

    I had my first brown shark experience with Summer last week, first time with any of my kids, not nice considering I had just pulled the plug out the bath and was racing to beat it from going down the plughole! I’m sure Kim will have the best ‘help’ for situations like this.
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  4. says

    Ha ha ha! Oh, I’m so glad the toilet training days are behind me.
    Not that I wouldn’t do it all again with another littley, if that was on the cards for me!
    Persistence Grace, persistence.
    Soon those twinlets of yours will be ‘dropping the kids at the pool’, like the rest of us.
    But not a paddling pool! :)
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  5. says

    Oh man… your story KILLS me! We have had many episodes of poo in the bath. In fact we have a slotted spoon just for the occasion. My sister and I know that a one word text is enough when we text ‘Slotted Spoon’… It is hilarious!
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  6. says

    That kid will have it’s own line of bejewelled pooper scoopers before the third trimester! Not that I can picture Kim or Kanye using one…..

    “Grace, imma let you finish, but my baby had one of the best brown sharks of all time…..”
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  7. says

    Now that is an episode of the Kardashians I would actually watch. I don’t think she would be too in to all the crappyness (pun fully intended!) of child-rearing, I’m sure all of that will be looked after by numerous assistants and nannies off camera and only the most non-offensive of wet nappies will ever be touched by Kim’s hands. Am I being too harsh? I don’t care, she’s invited the ridicule into her life with open arms. If she didn’t want to be judged she shouldn’t pimp out her entire life.

    Love your work Grace, hope your MIL’s garden is looking stunning! And happy Friday!
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  8. says

    Haha – I’ve had the very same thing happen with my twins back in the day! 😉 Oh dear…I think Kimmie is in for a shock when she realises that there is more to having a baby than designer baby clothes. I reckon she’ll have hired help though – so she’ll probably always be fresh as a daisy and hand bub over for the yukky parts. Hmmm… that’s a big judgemental isn’t it. She may well prove me wrong. I hope she does!
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  9. says

    Ha ha…I keep waiting for our first brown shark!
    We have had a few nature poos but just in the grass…I know we will have a bath or pool poo soon!
    And inevitably it will be a moment when I am on my own and I will have a Kardashian style breakdown trying to wrangle the baby and the poo!
    Thank goodness I don’t have any diamond earrings otherwise I might be really overwhelmed!
    Great post!
    Happy 2013!

  10. says

    Oh dear! This is the second poo post I have come across today. They do make me giggle a little. Thankfully my poo experiences are rather limited. Good luck with the toilet training. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses
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  11. says

    Kimye will be fine – they’ll change a few nappies for the cameras, then pose for a few soft-focus black and white photos, then hand bubs off to one of countless nannies. Then tweet about the difficulties and dramas of parenting.

    Sorry, I’m not usually so cynical! Good luck to them. And I hope your shark attack days are over. Happy new year Grace x
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  12. says

    OMG hon, you never fail to remind of all those moments I will have to deal with when I finally attain some grandchildren. So thanks. I was blissfully ignorant for a good few moments until now. LOL!
    Hope the garden recovers soon! 😉
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  13. says

    Oh dear, we haven’t had one of those for a while… but did I ever tell you about my wee girl’s poo smearing and carpet rubbing??? Oh dear, oh dear. Say no more.

    I have been down coast where net access wouldn’t work at all and just got back today. It was good in fact but I’m SO LATE to link up. Bugger!!

    And I had my NY resolutions scheduled so they were posted but NO COMMENTS, heartbroken, heartbroken I tell you.
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  14. says

    Hilarious! Toilet training is so not fun. At all. Thank goodness Ned has only ever pooped in the bath twice and never in the pool. He is awesome at poos in the toilet but wee still goes everywhere. Gross.

    Once when my sister and I were bathing together when we were quite small, she got out of the bath, did a poo on the toilet and then put her hand in the dunny, picked up the poo with her bare hand then chucked it in the bath with me. I kid you not. Gross.
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  15. says

    Grace, you are hilarious. The only thing worse than toilet training one kid, would be toilet training two. May the force be with you! I haven’t linked up today, in school holidays I just could not manage two posts in one day, (having posted on the AIOOW blog today). So just saying Hi and Happy New Year gorgeous lady! xx
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  16. says

    Ahhh yes, the floating brown lump of icccckkkkkkkkkk. Trust me, you will be SOOOOOO happy once this toilet training business is mastered! xxx

  17. Kim@FallingFaceFirst says

    Hahaha I laughed and laughed at your sharks Grace…. Since I’m past all that, UNTIL I had to dust off the old potty this morning to collect two lots of shark samples for my baby girl this week, made more delightful by the fact that this needs doing in the first place. Where is my hired help????????
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