Sunday, July 05, 2009

PottyWatch 2009

If you don't want to be disabused of any illusions you have about child-rearing, stop reading now. Seriously. I MEAN it. There is some pretty unadulterated confession to follow, so DO NOT continue reading if you want to keep believing that parenthood is all happy, lovey, seamless transitioning from one stage of life to the next.

Well, you've been warned.

I must be completely insane. Due to the 4th of July being this weekend, hubs and I both had Friday off. I also went ahead and asked for Monday off, giving me a glorious four-day weekend. And what did I choose to do with this extra time? Relax? Take a quick trip out of town? Do some serious retail damage? Noooooo. In our total arrogance, hubs and I thought we'd get a start on potty training.

Someone please just punch me in the face.

So far, we have had moderate success (2 semi-successful tries on Friday, three semi-successful tries yesterday, and then a bunch of trying today), but this process is so exhausting. It's not that we're not making progress, but I keep thinking to myself, "Geez, I could just be kicking back and enjoying the ONLY four-day weekend I've had since returning to work in January."

Parenting is about sacrifice. It's about giving of yourself, even when you don't feel particularly inclined to do so.

And, apparently, it's also about cleaning up poop off the floor.


Erin M. said...

it WILL happen. he will be potty trained. the first few weeks are the worst. hang in there! and hey---it could be worse---you could be potty training two at once! lol

HEATHER said...

Just remember to run him straight to the bathroom when he first wakes up, immediately after eating, and you should be fine.
I always tell anyone who is potty training a little boy, not to worry about him standing to pee just yet. Start him off sitting-it's just easier and cleaner. Later, once he has mastered the peeing in the potty, then you can work on standing. With Paddycake, our moment ending up being at my b-i-l's cabin in the woods and the boys were out and about in the woods when Paddycake needed to pee. He got the hang of standing to pee in one afternoon! He's never sat since. Good luck!

Nicole Bradshaw said...

At the risk of sounding like Bartles and/or James, thank you for your support!

We are sitting on the potty for everything right now. It just seemed like too much at once to try to get him standing.

Wish me luck!