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>> Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Or: I Didn't Have Anything Else Planned For Today

As I sat Brenna on the potty this morning I made the (un)wise decision to let her wear her big girl panties. Bright blue with the Little Mermaid were chosen.

"You tell mommy when you need to pee-pee" was met with a very slow blink and a somewhat cohesive nod. And off we went into the living room; Mommy to clean, Brenna to "help". We progressed quite nicely for maybe an hour with me asking every 20 minutes or so if Brenna needed to potty.

"No!" and a very determined shake of the head followed each question. I had just finished putting away toys when I saw it: a wet spot on the carpet.

"Brenna, did you pee-pee?"

Blank stare.

"Brenna, are you wet?"

I was again met with a blank stare. I touched her. She was soaked. Sopping from her pants to her socks.

Off to the bathroom we went to strip down and sit on the potty while mommy went to soak the clothes and clean the spot on the carpet. Then a quick run upstairs to give Brenna a quick soak in the tub and put on clean clothes. And we begin again.

For the record: 9:38am- second outfit. Brenna-1, Potty-0.

Mantra: When potty training is over I am having my carpets professionally cleaned.

Later:

After feeding Caelan we all ventured to the lower level for some Sesame Street and Goldfish crackers. I settled Caelan into a beanbag and turned on the TV for her enjoyment. I told Brenna that we were going to go potty and in to the bathroom she ran.

Excellent.

Not wet... Great. But a bulge at the rear isn't a good sign. Darn, there's poopy. So, very carefully, I remove the dirty panties and ceremoniously dump the poo into the potty explaining to Brenna that "poopy goes in the potty" and she needs to "tell mommy when you need to poopy".

So upstairs I trudge, leaving Brenna on the potty, and put the panties in the soaking water. Back down with clean panties, ready to begin again.

For the record: 10:42 am - no outfit change necessary. Brenna-2, Potty-0

Mantra: When she is potty trained I will have an extra $40 a month. Hey, that covers her pre-school costs.

Still later:

Naptime. Nothing in the potty, but no messes either. Since I am not so silly as to leave her in panties for a nap "Dora" has been called in to action.

And now I rest. Well, as soon as Caelan stops screaming. She is clean, full and tired. And doesn't much like to nap. Hmmm... Just like her sister.

For the record: 1:13pm- no outfit change. Brenna-2, Potty-0

Mantra: Please, just give Mommy one hour....

Ahhh, I was gifted with 2 hours and 15 minutes of rest. Glorious. Brenna is still in her "Dora" from naptime. She wants nothing to do with the potty. I suppose I really should force her in there shortly. It has been 4+ hours... I'm sure she's wet. Not that she cares...

For the record: 5:18pm- no outfit change. Brenna-3, Potty-0

Mantra: Pee-pee on the potty...

It seems we are done for today. Daddy came home and replaced her unchanged and very wet "Dora" with a new, dry one.

Tomorrow is another day. Brenna wins this round.

5 comments:

The Kept Woman 11:53 AM  

Good luck my dear friend.

You know I feel your pain...

Marie 6:57 PM  

I look forward to the $ savings too! We're not on the potty-training road yet though... but we do sometimes sit on the big bowl for fun & flush scraps of TP!

The Kept Woman 2:41 PM  

Girl...are you lost in a pile of weet underwear and toilet paper? How's it going? I need an update!

Christi 9:54 AM  

Potty training is the WORST! I sat in the BR from 9am to 3pm one day to get my son to go. He did, we had a big celebration and he went back to his old ways the very next day. That about did me in. I read online about taping Hot Wheels to the bathroom mirror and giving him one for every potty trip. It worked almost immediately. My son has about 100 cars, but it was worth it. Surely, there's something similar for girls. He still had accidents for awhile, but mostly that was a lack of parental "potty dance"observation.

Christi 9:54 AM  

Potty training is the WORST! I sat in the BR from 9am to 3pm one day to get my son to go. He did, we had a big celebration and he went back to his old ways the very next day. That about did me in. I read online about taping Hot Wheels to the bathroom mirror and giving him one for every potty trip. It worked almost immediately. My son has about 100 cars, but it was worth it. Surely, there's something similar for girls. He still had accidents for awhile, but mostly that was a lack of parental "potty dance"observation.

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