“Mommy, I made Elmo sad,” called little Kolby.
I hurried into the living room of my neighbor Keri’s house where Kolby was playing in their tot-sized plastic kitchen. “Why did you make him sad?” I asked.
Two-year old Kolby hung her head low and sheepishly whispered, “I peed on him.”
I looked down and realized I was standing in a trail of yellow liquid. Then I too hung my head low as I told my good friend my kid just urinated all over her floor. Fortunately she was cool with it and reminded me our other toddler neighbor recently pooped in her garage. Keri is gracious like that.
I don’t think I would have even tried this herculean feat of diaper eradication if it hadn’t been for Ms. Maggie –Kolby’s preschool teacher. Ms. Maggie is very loving but also very firm and when she tells you to do something with her I mean business look, you generally do it fast.
(Clearly she has the gift to intimidate preschoolers and grown women)
Ms. Maggie said it was time to go cold turkey on diapers on Thursday afternoon when I picked Kolby up from school, so I immediately hid all the Huggies, made a trip to Kohls for some new panties and bought Pull-ups for bed-time. By Friday we were ready to go.
But Ms. Maggie forgot to mention how inconvenient cold turkey can be.
Now some of you are thinking, Sam you have two older children. You have already done this.
True, true…but motherhood has a way of erasing the really BAD memories and apparently I blacked it out because it was too painful to recall.
In all truth, it took Kyle a full year to figure out how to aim, fire and pee and he was well over three before I could relax. And Faith, being my fairy-like unpredictable child managed to navigate the potty in a week when she was twenty months almost effortlessly So, I have two polar opposite experiences to pull from that happened over ten years ago. It’s not much to go on and I’m still as clueless as every other mother. All I know is we are running out of Jelly Beans and stickers and blue Brach bunnies to bribe Kolby with to tinkle.
On Friday I had to take Kolby to the baby potty every twenty minutes to empty her
pee pea sized bladder. Sometimes she actually peed in the potty and made it burst out in song (thanks to a musical chip on the bottom of the bowl) and then she would jump off the potty mid-stream and yell and clap.
*Note to self* musical potties SUCK
It’s a crap-shoot (literally) to see what will happen every twenty minutes. Sometimes she pees on daddy’s leg, or on the floor, or right next to the darn potty. I feel like I have a puppy.
When I finally put her Pull-up on for nap on Friday, Kolby and I looked at each other with great relief and a unanimous sigh. At least for a few hours we could stop stressing.
On Saturday evening, after destroying about ten pairs of Minnie Mouse and Elmo underpants, we headed to church where I got schooled by the volunteers about how I am supposed to stay home during this crucial pee period. And then Kolby hid in a corner of the church and pooped on Elmo just to proove their point.
On Sunday we ventured out to a birthday party at a park. Kolby was doing great and keeping her panties dry. But about an hour in to the festivities she tugged on my hand and asked to use the restroom. I ran to my bag and pulled out her princess potty seat cover and we took off to the public bathroom in the park.
I sanitized the nasty toilet, put her little pink potty seat on the lid and placed my tiny girl on top. Kolby smiled and started to pee, and the birds sang and the doves cooed and we were so happy for about a minute and then the world came crashing down.
The toilet was an automatic flusher and as Kolby slightly leaned forward it exploded as if a jet plane was taking off under my baby’s rear-end. Kolby’s face contorted in fear and she started screaming. She reached for me with tears and pee streaming down her cheeks and legs. I grabbed my baby and then I started crying too and cursing the toilet.
And then we stomped out of the bathroom defiantly and I grabbed a Pull-up and lovingly placed it on my girl’s bottom and we both stopped wailing.
I now belive cold turkey as a method when potty-training is highly overrated. Kolby and I are more than content to settle for lukewarm, though I’m a little scared to face Ms. Maggie at preschool tomorrow.