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I-Pads & Bathtubs - A Match NOT Made in Heaven!

I got my I-Pad last year for my birthday and I absolutely love it even though I don't use it for anything intelligent.

On Wednesday night my 6 year old son says to me "Mommy I have to tell you something and you have to promise not to yell".   As a mom, you know no good can come of that statement.

Turns out, my daughter was in the bathtub waiting for me to wash her hair and my son was hanging out in the bathroom keeping her company and watching something on the I-Pad.  She asked to see it and in turning it around it slipped out of his hand and into the bathtub.

At this point I am livid and frantic and I am absolutely yelling!

"Do you know how expensive this is?" I asked.

"More than $100" he says

"More like $500!" and then he replied "Well then how did daddy afford it in the first place?"

This is the point where I removed myself from him because I was not sure that I wasn't going to kill him.

I'm now setting up the I-Pad in rice hoping it will be ok and my daughter says I think it needs more rice.

"I'm well aware it needs more rice but if I put more rice then we will have NO dinner!"


I swear this was one of those days where I really, really wished I was a drinker because I really needed a drink.

The I-Pad is still sitting in too little rice.  It turns on but you can actually SEE the water in it. 

I would appreciate your keeping my I-Pad in your thoughts.


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Comment balloon 17 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • September 23 2011 05:20PM


My thoughts are with you, but you really have me laughing, too. Not at your situation,  ( I do feel bad for you ) but because I remember those days all too will promise NOT to yell, right. His response about your husband being able to afford the I pad is also priceless.

Hope all goes well. Please update us.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 7 years ago

Good Afternoon Stacey

Thanks for the post. Have a great day

Posted by Patrick White, Driven to bring New Yorkers home (Home Driven Realty, Inc) about 7 years ago

Oh my goodness is this what I have to look forward to one day when I have kids?  I would freak out.  Don't drink, go for a walk!  :)

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 7 years ago

I recently read an article that suggested you put the water damaged iPad in a sealed bag with packets of Silica gel in it.  Then store it in a dry place for at least 3 days.  I don't know if this works or not, but I did find the article very interesting.

Posted by Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR (Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087) about 7 years ago

I heard you should do this ... "If you accidentally submerge your iPad in water, immediately remove the battery. Dry with hair dryer, then submerge your iPad in rice overnight." Whatever you do, good luck.



Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) about 7 years ago

Oh my.....and you are still sane?? Weeping...heavy weeping is in order. I know how much you loved, loved, loved your IPad!!

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) about 7 years ago

Stacey Ann,

I know it's not much consolation, but I'm going to have a drink after reading this.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago


I like the fact that he was honest and truthful that is the way i was always taught at home

sorry about the ipad.




Posted by John Douglas (Berkshire Hathaway HomServices Partners Realty) about 7 years ago

Hi Stacey,

I feel your pain on a lesser level. My oldest daughter dropped my ipod in of all places the toilet. There is a product that Radio Shack sells that may help to dry out the moisture. Nothing worked for my ipod though. My son ended up buying me another one.

Good Luck.


Posted by Joi Lawrence-Jones, The Joiful Realtor (NextRE) about 7 years ago

Do you have an update on the I-pad???? Is it going to live?

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 7 years ago

Debbie - You promise not to yell is not a good way to start a conversation

Kerrie - I don't drink so my choice was to rant and rave on the phone to my friend

Linda & Cynthia - I did put it in a sealed bag of rice - still waiting to see if it works

Shar - Weeping, heavy weeping was definitely considered

Rich - that does help, thanks

John - good point

Joi - Oh no, I-pod in the toilet not fun either.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 7 years ago

Debbie - No final word yet.  It's still in rice and it turns on but you can still see the water in it. I'm going to take it in to Apple tomorrow. I'll update you as soon as I know.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 7 years ago

OH NOOOO! Please let us know the outcome. Kids say do the darndest things. As a new iPad owner...I sure feel for you!

Good luck!


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 7 years ago

Margaret - I'll keep you posted

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 7 years ago

Oh my gosh Stacey,  I am so glad you wrote this blog.  I heard the live version when we talked the other day and reading this made me laugh outloud again.  I can just see every minute of this conversation.  Hope you enjoyed your dinner over RICE!  I can imagine the conversation with Stefan was not quite so comical...ahhh kids!

Rich's comment made me laugh too

Another bad conversation starter...No offense but...Whatever follows will be offensive!

Hug your kids and know that this too shall pass!  All the best to you and your IPAD!!

Mortgage Mama

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061) about 7 years ago

OMG Stacey, this made me laugh, but I would be crying if this happened to my iPad!   So did it survive?  Or do you get to buy yourself a new one out of your kids' allowances/college funds/christmas budget for the next few years?

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) almost 7 years ago

UPDATE!  The I-Pad did survive and is still working!!!!

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 7 years ago

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