11.07.2010

cautious elation.

i'm calling it--he's potty trained. we wear big boy underwear around these parts. and now i'm sure tomorrow he'll poop his pants and try to hide the evidence somewhere really exciting.

why didn't anyone tell me that having a freshly potty-trained child is a ton of work? i feel the same way i did when i started nursing for the first time--why didn't anyone warn me??

step one: remove every single piece of clothing before he's comfortable with mounting the throne.

step two: successful deposit.

step three: enter into hand-washing negotiations.

step four: wrestling match involving fox, mom and clothing items. match ends when fox is fully clothed or when mom gives up, because truthfully, he'll have to go to the bathroom again in another thirty minutes.

and public restrooms? the hypochonriacal loon in me hit the fan when he patty-caked the toilet seat at the container store. top of this year's thanksgiving gratitude list: purse-sized clorox wipes.

and for tonight's act, we'll be sleep training indiana (subtext: overcoming my inability to let her scream it out). finally. if we're ever going to entertain thoughts of weaning, she's gotta learn that i'm not a 24-hour service station. and i've gotta learn to not take lip from a 10-month old.

oh, and halloween. commercial shark costume brought to you by old navy (he's developed his own opinions and won't let me make his costumes anymore... it was a good two years) and li'l red indie hood (she's obviously anticipating the day when she can assert her own costume opinions). dumpy blackberry photo:


12 comments:

noelle said...

no really. i think potty training and teaching my kids how to drive are the two worst parenting milestones. i always say motherhood is the greatest calling on earth until somebody poops their pants and then it drops waaaaay down on the list.

melanie said...

erin, your post is hilarious! i think because i can relate soooo much! potty training is hard. people ask if indy is ready to be potty trained and i say, "ya! but i'm not!" good luck with the sleeping situation. we're still working on ours. :)

Lori said...

i hate potty training. with a passion. good luck to you!

your kiddos are super cute. and you are gorgeous, as always.

Savanna said...

that scarf and moccasin don't look much like a mermaid to me.

dani said...

i miss you erinspice.

Kathryn said...

Minna-whatevers? Did you get some? (I just did. From JCrew. They're pretty, but not super-duper-make-me-feel-like-Pocahontas-high like the original ones I ordered from Nordstrom).

Big thumbs up to Fox & his new toilet skills.

And Indie is 10 months? Excuse me? She was born the day that I told you my little one was coming in 8 months. So crazy.

Anonymous said...

good luck with the potty training :P it's definitely "an experience" :P i think only *you could make me laugh at poop :P and little indie... when she sleeps through the night? tell her to talk to taya about it. sheesh :P best wishes e :)

Alyson said...

Yay for Fox! Good work little man.

I love Indie's little costume and you look wonderful, dovie!

Missing you lots...

Paige M. said...

oh fox! go buddy! i think kyle and i need to call him soon. this post made me miss you! you moved like what? not even a month ago, and i feel like it has been FOREVER!

even ella keeps asking when sox is coming back. and indie... oh my my. we all miss little indie fe!

brenley said...

go fox go! that's awesome! we started potty training shelley again, round three, and it was a hit. the girl just needed three times to get it. so we aren't home bound anymore:) and i totally agree, public bathrooms are n.a.s.t.y! the costumes are adorable!

Sally said...

"patty-caked the toilet seat"--ha!! Thanks for the laugh, Erin, you really are hilarious :D I've been sort of excited to potty-train Caleb...i think i'm delusional that he's somehow going to catch on really fast and make it easy. Maybe it's one of those things that is really good that we don't really know until we are there--otherwise, who would do it?

Emilee said...

I promise eventually you will be able to leave the house for longer then 30 minute spurts. As for the public bathrooms, I just told him he was peeing like superman and hold him over the toilet with one arm across the chest and the other across the thighs. (only works with boys)

old me.