In Training

Been spending a lot of time in the bathroom lately. Sigh. It’s tranquil, with dark brown wallpaper and a wildflower/hanging basket border. Don’t worry it’s not too dark, the cream tongue-in-groove woodwork on the lower half lightens it up. No, we’re not re-decorating, we’re toilet training.

Day One, Monday–I’m set. Toddler’s been showing signs of awareness for two months now, can’t put it off any longer. Besides, I’m out of diapers! My supply of training pants is never-ending, I’m stocked up on all of toddler’s favorite drinks…got marshmallows for incentives! By the end of the day we’re gonna have this baby trained!

10 A.M. Maybe this is going to be harder than I thought

4 P.M. First success! (After about 20 failures!)

Day Two, Tuesday–Toddler definitely was not ready to toilet train, but I’m not giving up. She’s got to catch on soon!

Blessing #1: Thankfully I put her in a pull up for the drive to Grammy’s…cause she had her first and only bowel movement since we began this roller coaster ride!

Blessing #2: I’m coming to appreciate the two mattress pads I own. One is protecting our couch, the other my wool rug. Sigh. My laundry detergent supply is getting low. Patience?…we won’t even go there.

Lightbulb Moment #1: 9:30 A.M. I hear a gasp and a “whoopsie!” as toddler looks down at the puddle at her feet. (have I mentioned that I’m very blessed to have only linoleum and wood flooring in our house?)

Lightbulb Moment #2: 3 P.M. For the FIRST time, toddler comes running saying “Go potty Mommy!” It’s dripping down her legs, but she’s getting the concept! (TELL MOMMY WHEN YOU NEED TO GO!)

Day Three, Wednesday–Toddler’s self esteem is sinking. She’s made so many messes, she knows to take me right to them. My song and book routine in the bathroom is getting really old to both of us. So I take a doll in and we have her go “potty” (I pour a small cup of water behind doll where my toddler can’t see it). This fascinates my twenty-six month old. Now that’s all she wants to do. Every 2 minutes. Today, she had 14 accidents before noon. How this is possible, no clue. We were on the pot most of the morning.

What I’ve learned today: Toilet-training+homeschooling=INSANITY

to be continued…

P.S. Please pray for us!