For the first time in about 6.5 years, I do not have a child in my house in diapers. A little over 3 of those years, I had 2 in diapers. So, to say that I haven’t changed a diaper in a little over 2 weeks should make me want to jump up and down with joy. We did actually celebrate this occasion with cupcakes.
But, as much as I’m thrilled to be a diaper-free household, especially in time for preschool, there are some
pain in the ass unique challenges to having a newly potty-trained child in your house.
1. Cries at 5:30am to go to the potty. I’d much rather he use a pull up and let me sleep.
2. Requests to “watch me” and “help me” when really, he just wants a captive audience while he makes faces and tells silly jokes. I’d rather do this anywhere in the house except for the bathroom.
3. Increased potty talk. I already had 2 older boys who thought that “poop” and “butt” were hilarious words. Now I have three.
4. Speaking of three…. THREE boys with bad aim. Though the newest potty trainer is the worst, of course.
5. Obsession with public restrooms. I can tell my older two to wait until we get home, but I have to take the youngest. I shudder just thinking of walking into a public restroom.
6. Having to carry extra clothes, just in case of an accident.
7. Practice in undressing and dressing has resulted in youngest thinking it’s hilarious to moon people while yelling “Butt-y butt!”
8. Sudden curiosity in how mommy can pee since she doesn’t have a “peepee.”
9. Accidents in underwear are so much more disgusting to clean than changing a dirty diaper.
10. New bedtime struggle: youngest insisting about 12 different times that he needs to go to the potty. I want to get frustrated and tell him that he doesn’t and just to go to bed, but see #9 for why I let him get away with it.
What is your biggest potty training complaint?
P.S. Be sure to check out the contest going on over on ThisLife’s facebook page this week. Upload a pic with a theme of “laughter” and you could win a Kodak PlaySport Video Camera. I kinda think my little goofball up there goes with the theme.