It seems every family has a "poop story" in their past. The Cupits now have a good one of their own to remember for a long time.
Laurel coughed for 2 nights in a row. It was a barking cough, preceded by a wheezing sound on the intake. The second night, the coughing was bad enough to make her sick-sick, with the v-word. The morning after the second night, she was vocally miserable and a doctor's visit was scheduled. Brant, while in good spirits, had a small appetite. For Brant, that's a sure sign that something is off-balance.
The family headed to the doctor to hear the verdict on Laurel. Once in the main waiting room, Brant soiled his diaper. Laurel, in the meantime, is curled up in Maren's arms repeating intermittently, "I don't feel well!" She was speaking a little more loudly than her mother would have liked, but at least she was using proper English. So Maren transferred Laurel into the chair by herself and took Brant to the waiting room restroom. The diaper was changed, but it was the last spare in the diaper bag. Next, Laurel was called to the back by the nurse. The nurse had her step on the scale...Laurel protested as she didn't want anything to do with anything except her mom, but she acquiesced at last. Brant then wanted a turn, and the nurse was sweet enough to let him on, too. Maybe she was as curious as so many others about the boy's weight. While the actual numbers will be withheld for the family's privacy, it may be noted that Laurel and Brant are separated in weight by only 2 lbs.
Waiting in the examination room, Brant had his second dirty diaper and Laurel communicated that she needed to go potty too. Off to another bathroom the family went. Maren removed Brant's diaper, thinking maybe she could salvage that last diaper and use it until back home. Not a chance! So instead of doing the smart thing and asking the nurse for another diaper, she put his shorts back on sans diaper. She just hoped that maybe they could make it through the appt and back home before another episode. No sooner had the three of them made it back to the exam room than Brant went for the third and final time...this one was a doozy. Straight down his shorts leg, on his socks and shoes and onto the floor (thank goodness it was linoleum.) Finally, Maren did the right thing and stuck her head out the door and asked for some help and a spare diaper. She had most of the mess cleaned up by the time she asked for assistance, but the nurses didn't look too thrilled. The doctor was wonderful despite the stinky room. He handled the moaning Laurel like a professional. She was diagnosed with croup and a stomach bug. He sent the prescription to the pharmacy via his iPhone (which Brad found very cool) and the family was on their way. It was quite an embarrassing day, but one that will make for laughs for years to come.