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As a mother, we face so many moments that test our sanity. At the top of the list is POTTY TRAINING!
Let me get this straight, you want me to teach my toddler, who often misses his mouth while eating, to go pee and poop in the toilet? Okay, alright! I got this!
I DON’T GOT THIS! I DEFINITELY DON’T GOT THIS! My child just pooped her pants and smeared it all over EVERYTHING! My son just peed everywhere in the bathroom EXCEPT THE TOILET!
It’s okay, we all lose our sanity at some point when it comes to potty training. For each child potty training is different. So their loose their shit moment comes at different times. For one child it was when she pooped down the hallway, thinking that this will save her from getting in trouble for popping her pants. That is until her mom stepped in it thinking it was dog poop. Only they didn’t have a dog. Then the next day her little sister ran up to mommy with a handful of it saying “Look mommy chocolate!”
While another child may feel its acceptable to pee on his big sister as she takes a nap. He wanted her to wake up and play with him. Because getting a cup of water would be too difficult right? Plus he had to pee anyway. Killing two birds with one stone toddler style.
Then there are children like my dear sweet son, Adrian. He was a year and a half when we started potty training. He was so smart! He showed all the signs of being ready. Taking his own diaper off. Telling me when he pooped or peed in his diaper. All that! But he refused to pee in the toilet. One day he runs up to me and says “I peed mommy! I peed!” My first thought was oh goodness, where? But I saw he was dry. So I asked where, anxiously awaiting him to say in the potty so I could cheer him on. Instead, he ran across the room. He then proceeded to pull his pants down and pee! He comes running back over to me, pointing to his puddle of pee and says, “Right there.” 😮😮 All I could think was, WHY CHILD?!?! WHY?
Unfortunately, this is not where the potty training “fun” ends.
There comes a point when you think, where did I go wrong? I tried everything! And then one day, your child comes up to you and says “Mommy I gotta go potty!” and now your jumping up and down like a crazy person clapping and saying “Yay! Come on let’s go potty!” and then it’s “Mommy I went pee in the potty!” Happy dance time. And things are going so well! You did it mama! Good job! But wait… There is more!
Your son decided he was “too big” for his toilet ring. And all you hear is “Mommy! Help me! I fell in the toilet.” You then have 4 things to do.
1. Hold back laughter. (but you end up failing to of course.)
2. Weigh the choices of taking a picture to show future boyfriends/girlfriends or getting your child out of the toilet. (I think the choice is obvious!)
3. Put your child in the shower.
4. Laugh some more.
This is one of the few moments in potty training you laugh about in the moment, not just when telling the story years later.
Unlike when you’re daughter decides to wipe her own butt. Once again your scrubbing poop off the surface of everything. Soaking toilet water up with your mop and plunging a whole roll of toilet paper down the toilet.
When will it be over you think to yourself, but honestly, this whole “potty training” doesn’t end when they go potty on their own. It’s constant reminders of “If you miss the toilet son, you clean it up!”, “You forgot to flush again.”, “If you use the last of the toilet paper, change the roll.”, and so on. But on the bright side, you’re not having to buy those expensive diapers anymore. Until you have another kid that is!
Feel free to share your funny potty training stories in the comments.