I never made it on to the computer to write up my 20 Chore Tuesday post. Oops! But I did write up a list of chores Tuesday morning and I did as much as physically possible for me. I got about 75% of my list done, which is better than I ever expected to get done. My carpal tunnel in my left arm flared up INSANELY BAD by mid-afternoon and I had to stop doing everything. I was in horrible pain all day and all evening.
Wednesday we went out for lunch with a friend we hadn’t seen in forever. I got to hold a one month old baby! Oh man.. So tiny. Were my girls EVER that small??? We sat outside and had popcorn while we waited for Daddy to get home that evening.
Today, we hung around the house all day and it seemed like a pretty regular ol’ day until something huge happened: ZOEY POOPED ON THE POTTY. Oh my gosh, you guys! You have no idea what we have been going through with this. First of all, she has been day-time potty trained for about 6 months now. We first trained her using a little kiddie potty, the move to the toilet was NOT easy but she eventually caught on over the summer. Public toilets? WERE NOT HAPPENING. At all. My little girl was just too timid and too scared of real toilets.
So, to try to help with pottying while we were out of the house, I purchased the Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus. You can use it as a stand alone potty with the absorbent inserts or you can use it as a small child sized insert on a regular toilet. Let me just say, this thing was a game changer for my kid who is scared of toilets. We already used a soft potty seat insert on our toilet at home, so when she saw the Kalencom opened up on the toilet, it looked familiar and she felt comfortable with it. After just a few months of using that, she now sits on regular toilets without anything, as long as I help hold her!
Pooping on the other hand, has been a BIG thing in our house. Zoey has been SO scared to even attempt it, that I just stopped forcing it for a while because it always ended up in tears. Even when I would just TALK ABOUT IT. Gah! Such a sensitive little girl. Wonder where she gets that from??? Ugh. So I decided to just let her do it in her own time. I mean, she can’t STILL be pooping in diapers come Pre-K or Kindergarten time, right???
Well, in a moment of BAD PARENTING, I kind of lost my mind on Wednesday. She pooped in her panties and I was so angry. She hasn’t done this in MONTHS, she’s been really good about asking for diapers when she needs to go. I took her into the kitchen and started taking her clothes off and she insisted on laying down. I let her do that and when I started to slowly take off her panties and clean up the mess, she flipped out and started moving and.. THE REST DOES NOT NEED AN EXPLANATION HERE. It was AWFUL. HORRIBLE. TERRIFYING. I actually started crying (HORMONES!). I got her, me, the floor and my emotions all cleaned up. I sat on the couch and sighed, trying to get my bearings. When the saddest and sweetest thing happened. Zoey comes up to me and says “Mommy, Did I make you sad? Mommy, please don’t cry! Smile, like this” and starts trying to smile really big for me. I felt HORRIBLE for reacting the way I did. I sat her on my lap and we had a little talk about how poop is supposed to go into the potty, not in panties. I asked her “Where do we go if we need to poop?” and she replied “in the potty” and we high fived. Didn’t really think much of it. Fast forward to today…
I’m sitting here and she runs into the bathroom. I hear the toilet flush and she comes out, she is smiling and saying “Mommy! I pooped on the potty!” and I know I looked shocked. REALLY? But, how can I see proof because she already flushed! Then I asked “Did you wipe?” and she said “Yup!” and I thought, there is NO way this child who, just supposedly pooped on the potty for the first time ever, wiped herself well enough. So I got a wipe and wiped her and there was evidence that she was not lying (not that she ever HAS, but you never know with kids!). I gave her two cookies, a million kisses, a 1800 year long hug and some ice water. OH HAPPY DAY!
So the lesson to be learned here is that if you ever need to scare your kid into pooping on the potty, apparently all it takes is a hormonal pregnant mommy meltdown! I kid, I kid. I don’t think I scared her, I think she just realized how important it was to not EVER live that poop scene ever again in our lives, EVER. EVER EVER. Zoey is such a SWEET girl. She has a very powerful tantrum that makes you want to rip your ears and brain out. BUT, she is just a sweet and caring child in general. Very loving. Always kissing booboos, always hugging me, always worried about people. Just a generally sweet kid.
So that’s where we’re at. I’m glad tomorrow is Friday. Ready to have my husband home for the weekend. He is such a great person. I love him. He is my husband but also my best friend. It is supposed to be a stormy weekend but we do plan to paint our pumpkins. I already have 4 big pumpkins but we are going to go buy a tiny pie pumpkin for our little dumpling. Speaking of, we have our first appointment November 8th. I’ll be a nervous wreck until then. Please send good thoughts or juju or prayers or whatever our way. Continue reading