Saturday, March 21, 2009

An Early Start?

One morning, about a month ago, I was sitting in my bathroom getting ready for the day. Brooklyn was standing next to me watching intently as I got ready. Every piece of makeup I'd pull out she'd ask what it was and why I was putting it on. Just beyond Brooklyn was Maggie, watching as well. About halfway through my "process" Brooklyn informed me she needed to go potty. So, I lifted her up over me and she went about her business. All the while she was pottying she was discussing with me how Maggie doesn't potty 'cause she's not a big girl. I told Brooklyn that when she was about Maggies age she started telling us she wanted to go potty. So, we let her try a few times, but she didn't really get fully potty trained until just after she was 2. So, that was the exchange, she finished her business, washed her hands and went off to play. Well apparently Maggie was listening and taking this all in, a little while later, while I was standing doing my hair, Maggie came in and stood next to the toilet and kept exclaiming loudly..."potty". I ignored her for a minute, or just politely said, "mm hmm, that's the potty." But she had other things in mind. She was saying "I GO POTTY." Which I still ignored, UNTIL she was lifting her shirt up, pulling her pants down and insisting that she wanted a turn. So, what's a Mom to do? I obliged her.

DON'T judge me by the hideous rust stains in my toilet. I DO clean it and it won't come out.

As you can tell, her intentions were serious. However, she was unsuccessful in accomplishing any form of potty. She mostly just sat there, staring at me. She did however work a few toots out, if that counts for anything. But I ask you, is there anything more freaking adorable than a kid 10X to small for the toilet? I will always love this picture!!!

But let's talk some truth here. I am so NOT looking forward to potty training. I think it's got to be about the worst part of early parenting. I mean, I wasn't even full time on the Brooklyn front, and she was pretty impressive with her abilities. However, there WAS the great poopgate of '08 with her. That would be the time at Lanas that she started to poo and I ran her to the bathroom, but apparently she was already done and poo went flying. Literally it was on the wall, the floor the toilet, her legs, I stepped in it. She was crying, I was yelling, it was disastrous. Thank goodness for Dixie and all her experience with poo. She totally came in, and calmly saved the day. It was at that moment that I realized I was in no way prepared to be a good parent on this issue. I hate messes. I can't stand the thought of peed on pants, puddles on my floors, poop messes, etc. How do I get over this? Where do I even begin with the potty training? What's the best method? Oh bother! So, while I AM looking forward to not having to buy diapers for Maggie anymore, I am NOT looking forward to the battle that will soon be on our hands.

Wish me luck!!

Pee pee and poopers,


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jen said...

Sorry there's no magic solution. They all come different.

Mel said...

So cute! Potty training is the worst, but at least girls sit down. The boys I watch pee all over my bathroom and its so gross. Maggs is pretty smart. I got out the potty chair a few weeks ago to see if O was interested. umm..she was very interested in the chair, but hadn't a clue about the whole potty thing. :)

Dana said...

Potty trained FIVE children successfully....and all by the time they were 2 to 2 1/2. And now we see the complete and total failure I am with child number six! I say earlier is better....and that goes for the mom too. Maybe I'm just too old to get the job done??? ORRRR maybe you want some additional practice and YOU could potty-train Jayce. :-) (That is the best picture ever. Really great for blackmail. She is simply beautiful!!)

LanaBanana said...

That's an improvement from when she was at our house last Sunday and I thought I'd give her a moment of practice before her bath. She was all set to get in the water with Dane and I said, "Why don't we sit you on the potty for a second?" And her face was not impressed. She just kept saying, "no. No. NO." I understand that to mean she was not interested in the potty at that time, so she happily joined Dane in the tub. It was funny though. So, she's making her little progress steps.

The Brinkerhoff's said...

WOW!!! Maggie is so smart. Navi is totally afraid of the potty chair. But I feel the same way about the whole poop thing.

Crandell Fam said...

That picture is freaking adorable! Potty training is the worst...and I'm SO GLAD I missed the great poop debacle of '08! :)

Jenn C. said...

That is the cutest picture ever. I hate potty training. Erika is the only one that was "easy". We are still working on Anna (age 4) and I have no clue how to start Jakey????

Mom said...

Oh! The memories! I swear it was easier to go through morning sickness and deliveries than potty training. I wish you luck! Jenny was the easiest. She literally INSISTED at 18 months that she had to go potty and I insisted that she didn't. I finally caved in, put her on the potty and she went and that was it! You, on the other hand, were another story! But, happily you did get trained, and we all survived. Good luck my dear! Wish I had a magic wand for you.

Tara LaRue said...

What a fun picture to torture her with when she's a teenager who hates her parents.

She's completely and utterly adorable and I love reading about her and your family. Fun stuff m'dear!