Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Girl Who Cried "Potty"

Scenario 1:

1. Situate yourself with a baby, a new diaper, and a container of wipes.
2. Remove child's soiled diaper, clean his behind, replace with clean diaper.
3. Discard soiled diaper. Replace clothing.
4. Wash hands thoroughly.

Scenario 2:

1. Remind child to go potty every 30 minutes, before every meal, outing, and at least three times before bed.
2. Help her remove pants and sit on potty.
3. Return 5 minutes later, cheer for joy, clean her behind.
4. Flush, replace clothing.
5. Wash two sets of hands thoroughly.
(I highly prefer this method)

Scenario 3:

1. Hear "Oh, NO! I went potty!"
2. Observe puddle of pee accumulate (in slow motion) on the floor, on the kitchen chair, and on the carpet.
3. Find something to soak it up with. Strip soiled clothing off of child.
4. Take child up to tub and scrub her down.
5. Dry her off and dress her in clean, dry clothes.
6. Clean up mess on kitchen floor: Soak up pee and sanitize surfaces. Scrub cloth kitchen chair.
7. Pile up all the nasty clothes and towels and cleaning rags, start a load of laundry.
8. Wash hands thoroughly.
9. Give child a big hug and tell her you love her anyway.
10. Reheat lunch and finish eating.
11. Repeat again 2 hours later.


Jessica said...

It will end! You will make it through

Anonymous said...

Is the girl who cried potty by any chance related to the jealous toddler?

The Stiles Family said...

I was never really willing to deal with scenario #3, and scenario #2 was more training us than him, so we just let Cameron decide when he was really ready. It took him a while, but it happened. He only very occasionally has accidents, and I can't remember the last time he peed in bed. When it comes to them, it just comes. I think it is one of those things that you can try as hard as you can to make happen, but in the end, it is only going to be a headache. Sometimes, you just have to let them be themselves:-)

Joseph and Annie Hatch said...

Exactly why I am not looking forward to potty training. :)

Valerie said...

So I'm not alone... This makes me feel better.

Rebecca said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! And she had made it so long, too!