Sunday, April 6, 2008

It's Potty Time!

So as of Friday we have officially started potty training at my house. For those of you that have already been through this soul-draining process I am sure you are fully aware of what I am about to deal with on a daily basis. By this I am referring to the daily struggle of diapers vs. bodily waste on your floor (always the carpet, never the tile); and the gut wrenching decision to let a toddler have the power when they decide they need to go “RIGHT NOW” even though you have a Racecar Cart full of quickly melting groceries on aisle 12 which is the aisle furthest from any restroom.

First, let me be clear. I am MIT (mother in training)….not one of those supermoms! By this I’m telling you that Brynlee WAS NOT completely potty trained at 16 months nor am I going to have her potty trained in one day. It’s just unreasonable for me, so don’t expect it. Although I have to admit at 16 months she loved to sit on the potty as evidenced in the picture below. Yup, that’s Bryn utilizing her comfy potty seat chair for a relaxing foot soak in the toilet water.
As you can see in this next picture we have made little improvement. Let me introduce the toilet training seat tutu.
Here’s the thing about potty training. It is the great equalizer of motherhood. Whether you taught your child to read in the womb or you let them play with fire at 6 months, you have very little control over when they will decide to not “go” in their pants. Even Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have to have urine stains somewhere in their homes. Now granted they probably have a Nanny and some high dollar cleanser to clean it with, but it’s there because they have toddlers who will have to learn to use the bathroom.

So here goes nothing!! I have official made the potty training chart and have it proudly hanging on the fridge. Brynlee is working very hard to get the princess to the castle (Princess Brynlee as she calls her) and already has four well earned stickers on her chart. Two for potty successes and two for giving it the old-college-try.
For those of you that have already gone through this process just smile and wish me luck. And those of you that haven’t, don’t point and laugh…you too will have your turn.


Jessica said...

Silly Brynlee don't put your feet in the toilet. I love you Brynlee, you live far away.


Jami said...

I decided I am not going to potty train Brooke, she will eventually learn to change her own diapers and that works....we will just take the price of the diapers out of her paycheck.....:)!!!

Kimberlee said...

Good idea Jami! Why didn't I think of that.

Miranda said...

You're hilarious. I think I'll potty train Zayley when she's pushing 3. I know, I know, I won't want to buy diapers that long but lets face it...I'm lazy.

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