Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Top 10 Signs You're a Potty Training Mama

The light at the far end of the tunnel has finally arrived my friends!!

After 4 kids, 9 years, 9 months and 6 days of continuous diaper changes (with one short 2 week break in between Olivia and Jacob), my daily diaper changing days are over forever!!!

Let me pause for a minute and allow you to fully appreciate the magnitude of that statement....

I know - it's enough to give you chills or cry tears of joy, right?

I had resolved to start potty training the day after we got home from our trip to Alberta during the Christmas break, and start I did! The potty train successfully left the station last Wednesday morning and then proceeded to completely derail over the course of the following incredibly frustrating two days, followed by a glimmer of hope right before bedtime. After that the engine seemed to make it up the hill and I believe we are now on the downward trail .... ok, I think that metaphor has seen it's day. Anyway, we have now had 3 incredibly successful days in a row with no accidents of any kind and he has been telling me himself almost all of the time. I know it's too early to say we're completely in the clear, but I'm only expecting occasional lapses and would confidently take him out in public at this point (in fact, Nathan did tonight!). With the start we had last week (worst ever!), I was not expecting to be nearly at this point today - so woohoo!!

With no further ado, here is your Top 10!

Top 10 Signs You're a Potty Training Mama
10. You strategically place containers filled with a solution of diluted dish detergent around the house to clean up any messes that "may" come your way.
9. You make your toddler sit on a towel on your bed to watch tv so he doesn't soil your blanket.
8. You clean up the mess said toddler made on your bedroom carpet when he disregarded said instructions, and officially declare all carpeted areas off limits.
7. You can't remember what ran more - the bath tub, the washing machine or yourself, sprinting while carrying a dripping toddler away from your body as you rush to the bathroom despite the obvious fact that you're just too late despite having just sat in said bathroom for at least 20 mins only 5 mins previously.
6. The chant "push that pee out, push that pee out" is so ingrained in your head you start chanting it to yourself.
5. You make your older children do their home reading in the bathroom while said toddler sits on the throne (hey, it's called multi-tasking!)
4. The phrase "don't pee on Mater" makes sense to you.
3. Your definition of what qualifies as TMI to post on Facebook just got significantly lowered.
2. You turn your older children into a cheerleading squad in hopes of inspiring future victories.
1. When success is finally achieved you celebrate by hooting and hollering as if you just won the lottery and giving him treats and a car (relax, it was only a pint size one) and then proceed to let said toddler phone anyone who might be interested in hearing him say "My pee in toilet!" as a way of introducing himself. You then proceed to throw out any remaining diapers and diaper bags, do a victory dance and decide to go buy yourself a nice purse!


Miriam said...

Woo hoo! Congrats! I've only spent 6 1/2 years on the diaper patrol, but I was fortunate enough to have almost six diaper-free months between Mason & Molly, which was really nice. I'm looking forward to being permanently diaper free! And you should definitely buy a great purse. My cousin's wife sells some nice ones on Etsy. :)

Michelle said...

Super jealous;)But super excited for you too! I guess that means I should really get moving on mine heh? Well at least so I would only have one kid left in diapers. Even that would be wonderful!

Jobina said...

Fantastic that even though it was a rough start, he caught on quickly! the list!

Nicole said...

Congrats! This was one funny blog post to read! So, who did he call? And what kind of purse did you buy? Really proud of you all! You guys are a great team :o)

TammyIsBlessed said...

You can do it Michelle!!

Nic - I haven't bought my purse yet. Well, I did just buy a new one this past weekend, but it wasn't really with this potty training celebration in mind, so I think I need to get another one! :) Pictures to come!

TammyIsBlessed said...

Oh, and he called his dad and both grandmas!

Nicole said...

Awww, cute about who he decided to call :o) Can't wait to see what kind of purse you buy. I desperately need a new one.

Jen said...

That a lot of years spent changing diapers! Hooray for your victory! a new purse sounds good!


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