I’m just writing this post to remember again what’s it’s like to come out on ‘the other side’. We’ve been happily on ‘the other side’ now for about five months and it’s pure bliss.
The ‘other side’ of what you ask? The ‘other side’ of that month or so of potty training when you dare not leave your house for fear of an accident that I like to call The Danger Zone period. You know – pee on the floor of Nordstroms dressing room(wasn’t me!), pee in the car sear(as if!), pee in the highchair at the diner(never!), or pee on the carpet at story time(was that your child?!).
In November I announced to Astrid one day that she was 2 years and 4 months old and I was pretty much done with diapers(and yeah, I totally know all of the experts say that’s the wrong thing to do…but they don’t buy the diapers nor wipe my child’s butt so whatever…)(oh and Eloise was trained at 18 months and she’s pretty much perfect,) so Astrid said “okay” and that day I put ‘big girl undies’ on her(Yo Gabba Gabba themed of course)…and that was that. And what ‘that’ was of course is asking your child every 15 minutes if they have to go potty for the next two weeks. It’s good fun. Because when we go cold-turkey..we go cold-turkey..and I don’t want to put a pull-up on her just to run to the store because it’s more convenient and I also refuse to carry a potty with me..so we need to plan outings that we know will have a convenient potty for her.
Now with your first child this is pretty easy because if you want to become a shut-in for a month you pretty much can! But with two other older kids who have to be and go places and be seen and all, we are on the go a lot, which means A LOT OF STRESS ON ME to make sure we have a potty plan. It a rough period of time.
But we made it through and I just want to say that I’m so glad that I don’t have to ask my child if she has to go potty all of the time anymore – she just pretty much goes when she needs to and most of the time her sisters now take her!(Okay, if they are home it’s totally 100% their job actually…don’t call CPS).
Yesterday I told Astrid to go pee before we had to leave the house..so she did and when she came back to grab her shoes she said “Mommy, you said ‘Astrid you should pee’ and then I DID PEE! Isn’t that so ironic how that happened!”
Note to you all wondering if you should potty train your toddlers – if they use the word ‘ironic’ in a sentence they are ready.’
Any fun potty training stories to share?