Thursday, January 29, 2009

Please, don't make me potty train!

Please allow me to clarify before I begin this post. I am potty trained. Very well. In fact, I would dare say that I am potty trained the best of anyone in my house, including my husband. Many of you understand that.

In my house, there is only one person left who isn't potty trained, my nearly 2 year old. I know she isn't 2 just yet, we still have a couple of months, but she is realisticly showing tons of signs that she is ready. They are so obvious, they aren't even signs, so much as a smack upside the head telling me that I need to potty train her.

The problem is that I don't want to. I know. Bad mom.

I would, of course, love to no longer buy diapers and wipes. What a financial boon that would be. I would also love for her to be a a little more independant that way, and I know she really wants to as well.

The problem, though, is that I don't want to be chained to a potty for months and months. If you have ever potty trianed a child, girls in particulr, you know jsut how much the idea of being chained to a potty is true. The first few weeks it seems nearly literal, what with you being forced to put them on the potty every little bit, to make sure they don't need to go, and all that. Even, after they get into underwear, you always have to be aware of where the potties are, and be able to drop everything and run to them the second your child utters "I need to go". I remember well all the times that I had to literally drop things and run with the big one because she needed to go, and needed to go then. It takes kids a while to learn to hold it. Those muscles have to grow stronger, and that takes time.

Now I have 2 children. I am not ready and willing to be out shopping with both the girls, and have to drop everything, shopping cart included, and run with both girls to the nearest bathroom. Not the mention the fact that I hate public restrooms, anyway.

I suppose I really don't have a much of a choice. Yesterday morning, while changing her diaper right after we got up, I found a wipe in there. Apparently, if I am not going to potty train her, she is going to do it herself. I don't think that would be pretty. I have seen poo smeared all over my walls before, and I would like to avoid that if at all possible.

So, it is back to potty trianing for me.

Thankfully, this time will be a little different than last. This time I have a laptop and a wireless connection. Maybe I will actually be doing my work in "the office" for a while. Ehhh...not my best joke.

Anyway, here's to potty training for the last time. I hope it is quick, painless, and as mess free as humanly possible.