Jessica Brooks could smell it. And as the mother of three shared on Facebook, she turned over her toddler’s room looking for what she knew to be “it.”

Finally, an hour later, by pulling back the curtains the source of the stench was revealed. Poo. On the windowsill. Of all places.

“This this my life!!” the British mother from Burton Upon Trent wrote.

Brooks shared the unpleasant discovery with the popular mommy blogger “Unmumsy Mum” Facebook page and many fellow moms found the anecdote all too relatable. One commenter shared that she, too, had found poo in the most unexpected place:

I come home one night after a backshift to find a jobby under my table. My 4 year old son was in bed so the next day i asked him if he pood under the table. He said it wasn’t me it was Dad?. I still don’t know which one of them done it ?

What was meant to be an innocent chuckle about the rigors of parenthood, however, turned into a ruthless assessment of Brooks’s parenting skills, quickly adopting the hashtag: #windowsillpoogate.

The “Unmumsy Mum” herself, Sarah Turner, was forced to address the controversy on her page, writing in part:

Well, that escalated quickly ?? It’s been a week since the lovely Jessica posted a picture of a poo on a windowsill and I think it’s safe to say she could never have expected the resulting level of ‘engagement.’ We’ve seen several truly viral posts on this page over the years (the baby with a fake-tan beard and Ruth to name a couple) and #windowsillpoogate has certainly captured the public’s imagination on a grand scale. Sadly, much like anything that ‘takes off’ on the internet these days, Jessica has faced some negativity and abuse which, in my opinion, she has handled like a boss (check out the updates to her post, I think edits 11 and 17 are my fave ?) and having spoken to her, I know she is still smiling.

In a series of updates on her original post, Brooks addressed each particular facet of criticism lobbed her way, pointing out the variety of opinions — sometimes absurd — that flood viral parenting posts.

Brooks started with the threats to call child protection services because her house allegedly contained cat feces:

Edited….. just to confirm this is human poo well 2 year old little girl poo not animal poo thanks to the kind lady who messaged me to warn me social services will get involved if I have cat poo on my window ????? I haven’t even got a cat.

Then addressed the accusation she encouraged her toddler to climb up on the windowsill:

Edit 2 …. just to clarify the I don’t encourage my feral child to climb on window sills she decided to get up there to get toys during nap time please don’t hate

And the suspicion the photo was staged:

Edit 3… to the person who said it was a joke nope I wish as a mum of 3 kids a job and a small business I haven’t got the energy to do this. I just have a feral kid!!

Brooks then called out commenters for digging through her social media and insinuating she had acted unprofessionally:

Edit 4…. I’ll take the disgusting vile parent comments although I did share it on the unmumsy mum page so I think people are missing the point ?but disappointed in the people who have stalked my profile and said I shouldn’t of posted this because I’m a nhs nurse!! IT’S NOT A PATIENTS poo or a cats poo or my poo it’s my 2 year old poo!!! And I work very hard at my job looking after people as well as caring for my 3 kids! And always treat my patients with the up most respect care and confidentially and I actually have been entertaining them with my poo story ????

Continuing that at no point was her daughter ever in danger:

Edit 5 ……at no time was she at risk of falling out the window its locked and the blackout blind was down although I’m very surprised at her climbing skills and will have to evaluate my health and safety?

Nor was she worried her daughter would end up emotionally scarred over the incident:

Edit 6…. She doesn’t feel embarrassed, humiliated or mentality scarred by this post because she’s 2 and she doesn’t have a Facebook account but I can’t guarantee I won’t hold it against here [sic] at a later point

Brooks even agreed with one stranger’s concerns surrounding her intelligence, stating they weren’t wholly unjustified for their insight:

Edit 7… to the lady who called me an idiot well she’s probably right but 3 kids a job and life something got to give!!

Then took the opportunity to thank an admirer who seemed to have gained romantic inspiration by coming across her photo:

Edit 8… thanks to guy who’s just asked me on a date  ? ?

Brooks assured commenters her toddler daughter wasn’t a drinker:

Edit 9….yes defiantly her poo not mine I’m toilet trained yes she is 2 and no she doesn’t drink a can of John Smith’s a day !

And thanked one man for a vocabulary lesson but questioned why he was following a Facebook page for moms:

Edit 10 thanks to the man calling me a cretin a very under used word. Should I be worried that a man with a computer generated profile picture is reading posts directed to the unmumsy mum page. And I’m the cretin  ? ?

The mother yet again asserted the windowsill poo was from her toddler and toddler alone:

Edit 11 …..just to confirm it’s not daddy’s poo either that would be weird  ? daddy would like me to comfirm he is toilet trained

And that “it” wasn’t all over her house (that she knew of):

Edit 12 sorry to edit again to the lovely person that implied my house is covered ” in sh*t” her words not mine. I can guarantee that my house does not have any poo in any other rooms (that I know of) I have a very beautiful clean house just a 2 year old who likes to share!!

Acknowledging it would’ve been easier if the poo bit were a joke:

Edit 13 … I didn’t say I couldn’t manage my 3 kiddies I just said I didn’t have time to poo to make this up

Especially for her daughter’s future sake:

Edit 14… I apologise to my poor little girl who is apparently not going to get a job because apparently employers Google poo on the windowsill posts as references  ? ? ? ?

Alas, as much as she wanted, her children’s bathroom accidents were out of her hands:

Edit 15 especially for David Australia although my hubbie probably would agree I’m on fb too much  ? I can’t sit and stare at the kids while they are asleep to prevent freak poo accidents but thanks for your input xx

Adding that physical discipline was out of the question:

Edit 16… and NO I wouldn’t or shouldn’t smack her for this or for anything she does. Horrified by that comment

And that, well, this…

Oooh another edit sorry 17…..nope not on the dole but I’m sure many people in circumstances where they have been forced to claim benefit don’t encourage pooing on windowsills. Also not a immigrant although in was born in Wales does that count  ? but I work with lots of wonderful people from lots of different cultures who guess what work hard saving your lives xx

At one point Brooks defense even turned to amusement:

Edit 18…. you keep giving it to me. Nobody felt violated by this picture ….dont worry the poo is fine and content in its new found public status. And the culprit is happily watching Peppa pig x

If not becoming a little grossed out herself:

Edit 19 …errr no I didn’t taste it to see if it actually was poo ill save that post for my next FB misadventure  ? ?

Yet, she maintained the poo was not sanctioned:

Edit 20….no I didn’t let her do it yes that is weird and disgusting but hey she did it anyway!

And that she did not have any plans to profit from it:

Edit 21 ….no I’m not a money grabbing attention seeking fool who sells their story to the Daily Mirror!! They just took it  ? ? ? I haven’t snogged anyone from love island I just posted a random poo picture. I have asked them to make a donation to PANDAs for using my picture xx

Brooks explained the accident had nothing to do with her daughter’s dietary habits:

Edit 22 to the lovely funny man in America no I don’t feed her ??? ALPO which give googled is either a South American drug dealer or dog food xx

That, in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t all that important:

Edit 23…. Yes yes yes I agree there is far more important things and no I don’t think this will affect Brexit

And at the end of the day, nothing to get so fired up about.

Edit 24 … I’ll take a lot but C##T is slightly harsh you must be very angry with this poo picture

Following Brooks’s cheeky updates, Turner came to Brooks’s defense, writing in part: “I would like to say now on behalf of the Unmumsy Mum page that we have your back, Jessica!” But Turner cautioned her 600,000 Facebook followers to take note of the intense saga before posting stories and photos to her open social media account.

Despite the surprising controversy, Brooks said if it helped just one mom feel they weren’t alone, the criticism was worth it. As Brooks wrote: “Thanks for all your lovely poo related replies I’m overwhelmed with all your lovely messages and as the post is intended if it has made one mummy smile and relate on a bad day then I’ll take the haters ???? xxx.”

Well said.

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