Kaylee’s eyes lit up, she was so excited to see this giant bathtub in the middle of the room. We were staying at a hotel in Buffalo, New York, near Niagara Falls and apparently got the Jacuzzi room. There was a whirlpool tub right in the room (where a second bed would be).
This was going to be the easiest bathtime ever. All day Kaylee talked about the big tub in the room. At bath time, she was so ready she hopped in the tub while the water was still filling it up.
That was when I made a really bad decision.
I thought I could get my already incredibly excited little girl even more excited if she saw how this wasn’t just a bathtub but a Jacuzzi and that there were jets that blow bubbles in the water. I turned on the Jacuzzi.
The sudden starting of the jets would probably have been enough to startle Kaylee, but since the water was still rising and only just at the level of the jets, it turned out much worse. Instead of pushing air into the water, the jets pushed air across the surface of the water and upward – right into Kaylee’s face.
For those of you who didn’t know Kaylee hates having water in her face. She gets upset when it drips down her forehead when we are rinsing her hair in a nice calm bathtub. So you can imagine how ballistic she was going after daddy inadvertently sent what seemed like a fire hose of water directly at her face.
It was only a moment or two before I realized what was happening and shut the jets off, but it was too late, there was no going back. Kaylee started screaming and immediately wanted out of the tub. She continued screaming outside the tub for about the next 20 minutes and even after she finally calmed down, she refused to go back in. For the next three days of our stay in that hotel room she avoided even walking near the tub just in case it would start up again.
That moment will not be showing up on my Father of the Year highlight reel.