Monday, September 22, 2008

Cold Turkey?

If I had my camera right now, I'd be showing you lovely pictures (as part of the TAT house tour) of the bathroom floor as it is pretty close to Godliness right now.

The chief reason for that being the number of times I have Cloroxed it today. Potty training is such good exercise - I don't think I've done that many squats or been that close to the ground since...well, a very long time.

When Ellie woke up today she was dry, as she has been for the last two weeks. I decided that today was the day. I put princess undies on her and told her to be careful to keep them dry. She was so careful! She really didn't want to pee at all, but finally at 11:30 she did it. Three more times she met with success with one or two not quite successes (she at least made it to the bathroom). But then while she was washing her hands after "trying," I heard her little voice from the bathroom. "Mom, I peeing!"

"Oh good!" I replied, "did you go in the potty?"

"No mom, I peeing on my potty." She had pulled the itty, bitty potty over to wash her hands and all that running water had inspired her - it had inspired her all over that itty, bitty potty like Lake Michigan.

Later, she hopped out of the tub to do her #2 business in the proper place so all was not lost. All three times she peed in the wrong place she asked me if I was mad. I wasn't, but the third time was such an incredibly unbelievable amount, I sort of lost my cool. In fact, I'm pretty sure I lost it all the way to the neighbors' house.

I did find it again, hugged her, and talked to her about how she was learning what it feels like when her body needs to pee. She told me, "I don't wanta wern. I all done." I hugged her again and reassured her that even though it was hard she would get it and it would be okay.

I totally identified with that statement of hers. I've felt that same sentiment many times over the past three years and even expressed it to God. But the truth is, we never get to stop "werning." Or at least, we never lack for learning opportunities. We are never "all done."

I'm just wondering if there's enough Clorox/Xanax/Chocolate (pick your poison) to get me through this.


Chocolate on my Cranium said...

The school of life hands some pretty hard knocks every now and then, doesn't it? I believe a healthy over dose of chocolate can get one through anything. :D

Christy said...

Potty training is the bane of my existence. At least I know I'm not alone!

superpaige said...

Xanex while potty training! Why didn't I think of that? I need to get in there with the Clorox and clean the bathroom floor today in fact. My son went in there in time, but ended up peeing all over the floor.

"you were standing right there with your pants down, son, couldn't you just aim at the toilet?"

And he just looks at me with a blank look.

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Good luck! We are on a bit of a hiatus for now. I have been trying not to push her, but I think it is time!

Anonymous said...

Sounds fun, I can't wait. Or actually I can. I just wait till they want to, then they just seem to do it. At least my first two did. Cross my fingers for the third. Good luck! Kel

Richelle said...

We have given up potty training here for a while. Too many puddles to clean up with no improvements. Good luck to you!

Elizabeth-W said...

I adore that baby doll!
Werning is so hard sometimes.