Ya know when you’re having the BEST potty training day ever with your Little One? Then the Universe throws you a curve ball to remind you we’re all in this thing together? Yeah, none of us is perfect.
Boy, do I have a doozy-of-a-story for you today! Does this stuff happen to anyone else in the world?! Seriously, I’m beginning to wonder…
But first, can I get a virtual High 5 for the success we’re enjoying with Little Mermaid 3’s potty training journey thus far?
Hey, 3rd time’s a charm, right? 😉
Here’s what’s been working like a charm in our 3rd potty training adventure…
- We joined the Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy, where we’ve discovered tips and ideas we hadn’t tried with LM1 and LM2. Hey, I never pretend to have all the answers. So glad Pull-Ups® has our backs!
- Once we noticed LM3 showing some telltale signs of readiness, we invited her into the bathroom with us to see what going on the potty is about. We can’t help but giggle when she claps every time someone flushes.
We brought home a potty chair a week ago and leave it accessible to LM3 at all times. We even set up her own little “potty station”. Huge hit!
We introduced LM3 to her new Pull-Ups®. Guess whose favorite cartoon is Doc McStuffins? I think it’s safe to say Pottier-in-Training is e-l-a-t-e-d. 🙂
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Our Not-so-Successful Potty Training Episode
Alight. Strap on your seatbelts. We’re riding into Poo-casso 2012. And it ain’t pretty, folks. (But it’s pretty funny, so there’s that…) You may wanna grab a tissue, ’cause you’ll be laughing ’til you cry at my gross misfortune. Heck, you may even relate a bit.
Wait a sec. I’m not the only one this stuff happens to…am I?!
Don’t fret – I share some cultivated Tips for Potty Training Success at the end. 😉
Little Mermaid 2* and I walk into the house after a long day of errands. She bats her eyelashes and asks coyly, “Momma…Letter Factory…TV?” Since it’s raining again, I oblige. I grab my issue of Us Weekly –I’m secretly obsessed with Hollywood gossip– and recline on the couch next to her feet.
Somewhere between reading the latest about the Royal Couple and Brangelina, I doze off. I’m not sure how long I was out of it; however, I do know how I awoke.
* names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent
Lemme paint the scene…
The smell of nasty baby s*it is wafting through my REM sleep. Since I dream vividly with heightened sensory detail, I ignore this minor annoyance and doze peacefully, passing off the odor as dream-inspired subliminal misgivings about changing nasty baby diapers.
My First Mistake.
I am startled awake by our darling 7-year-old SLAMMING the front door as she walks in from school (as she does on the daily). “EEEEEEEWW! LM2 has gross poop all over her legs!” she screams haute voix.
I leap off the couch faster than a kernel of popcorn in hot oil, scoop up the reticent Pottier-in-Training (maybe she’s not as ready as we thought?) Just then, a sinking reality hits me.
“Not again. Please, please. Not another Poo-casso,” I think to myself as a tsunami of memories floods my mind.
I hear myself muttering, “Oh, no. No, no, no, NO! (expletive, expletive) No (explitive) way. No way.”
The next 4-7 minutes are a blur, but here’s what I recall…
I race into the bedroom, retrieve the diaper-changing gear and haul it all into the living room, armed to clean and re-diaper Sweet Toddler. C’mon. Accidents happen, right?
There aren’t enough wipes on Earth to conquer this S*it Storm. I acquiesce and succumb to the only solution available: The Hose Down.
I disrobe Poo-casso-laden Toddler, plop her into the bathtub, and hose her down. As I mutter under my breath and quite possibly speak in tongues, our 7-year-old slinks away into the sanctuary of her bedroom and closes the door to dodge my verbal vomit.
Somehow managing to calm myself, I breathe deeply as my hands deftly, gently clean off every iota of excrement from Poor Toddler. There’s something so comforting and calming about warm water, isn’t there? It washes away every anxiety and ill thought in a stressed-out mind. I wrap Little Miss Baby Clean Bottom in a comfy towel and sit her next to me on the floor.
I scour the tub, fill it up with more warm, sudsy water for Round 2. Sweet 7-year-old meanders in and says, “Thank you, Mommy, for not losing your temper and being extra calm with us. Good job! Hey, can I join LM2’s tubby?” Bless her Sweet Mother for teaching her the manners to handle this situation with grace, right?! Such a kind, forgiving soul, that Little One. All’s right with the World again.
Woah, Cowgirl. Not-so-fast.
As I toss LM3’s Poo-casso’d outfit into the laundry basket, my Momma Eagle Eye catches a glimpse of something awry. It’s a pair of white 7-year-old soiled panties sitting atop the Lights. My mind does a double-take. “Wait a minute. I haven’t even dealt with the Poo-casso‘d clothes yet…”
Treading into the bathroom, I am temporarily disarmed by an adorable scene: two sweet little sudsy, clean girls frolicking happily in the tub together. I almost forget about the looming laundry issue.
I snap back to reality.
I gently ask Dear Sweet 7-year-old, “Will you please tell Mommy why there is stinky (our family’s euphemism for “poop”) on your panties from yesterday?”
As her eyes dart from side-to-side, not-so-happy thoughts are tumbling rapidly around my brain. “Did she attempt to ‘help’ by trying to wash the toddler’s diaper, but didn’t quite remove all the crap, then toss the soiled clothes on top of her own, thus soiling them?”
She mumbles, “Ummm… Well… I just…” Not a good start to any sentence.
“I guess I just must’ve hit them while I was going to the bathroom outside yesterday.”
“What?! You dropped a deuce outside of our home yesterday on your way home from school?”
“Ummm….sorry, Mommy, You told me I could go to the bathroom outside if it was a real emergency.”
“Sweetheart. Hmmm. It’s best if you avoid defecating (yes, sadly, our 7-year-old already knows what the term “defecate” means) outside in the open. It’s best if you try to find a potty – either at school or in our home when you need to go #2.”
“Oh. O.K., Mommy. I’ll do that from now on,” she beams through her toothless grin.
“Will you please clean your pants and your poopy panties once you hop outta the tub?” I coo as I lift her soiled poop-dribbled used-to-be-cute-but-now-will-forever-remind-me-of-this-day denim corduroy pants out of the Lights.
“Sure thing, Momma. Right away. Let me do that for ya!”
I think to myself, “…and while you’re at it, how about joggin’ over to the pharmacy across the street and pickin’ up a coupla Xanax for Mommy?”
Yeah…I think it’s safe to say that today a S*it Storm decimated our household. I, for one, will never be the same.
5 Tips for Potty Training Success
1. It’s best to avoid leaving a potty-training Toddler to her own devices (even for a millisecond)
Unless your fondest desire includes cleaning up Poo-casso masterpieces. And tinkle accidents in hard-to-find places. And toilet paper sculptures. And Heaven knows what else. Can ya blame ‘em? You’ve introduced a Whole New World of accessories to Toddler Life!
2. Gather all the necessary potty-training supplies – find great ideas here!
Between Pull-Ups®, potty chairs, special soft wipes, fancy Big Kid underwear, reward charts, stickers, celebration dance routines and other incentives, it’s a wonder we can keep it all straight. Ha!
3. Wait until your child shows signs of readiness and initiates toileting behaviors. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. For a day or two. If kiddo isn’t into it, take a break until s/he initiates “I’m ready” behaviors again. ‘Cause Baby, you may be ready to have your kiddo outta diapers, but it’s likely she or he is trying to tell ya s/he ain’t ready yet. No worries!
Yeah, I’m pretty certain our family holds the Guinness World Record for Oldest Children to Be Potty-Trained. And we still keeping a good sense of humor about the whole process.
4. Celebrate the successes. Ignore the “oopsies”.
In The Heart of a Leader, Ken Blanchard writes:
“The more attention you pay to a behavior, the more it will be repeated. Accentutating the positive and redirecting the negative are the best tools for increasing productivity.”
Same theory applies to potty training. You’re not likely enjoy the potty training journey with anything but “Yays”. Hang in there, yo. Yup. Celebrate the successes. High Fives all around.
5. Be patient. No one goes to a job interview in diapers.
Seriously. In the grand scheme of Life, this whole potty training thing is small potatoes. Do your best to keep things in perspective. Take deep breaths, take lots of breaks, celebrate the small things and most of all, know each of you is doing your very best.
What are your best tips for potty training? What’s worked (or not worked)? Please share in the Comments below.
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