“Honey, don’t eat the toilet paper.”
I’m saying that entirely too often lately. In case that doesn’t give it away, we’re in the midst of potty training here. We’ve done it our usual way (i.e. the lazy way), and basically just let the Noodle take the lead. I’ve given thought to the potty bootcamp idea, but, again, we’re lazy. So instead, we’ve just shown him what to do, and let him do it when he wants. We’ll prompt him, but don’t force him if he doesn’t want to go. I’d say that right now, he’s probably about 70% of the way there–bed and naptimes not included.
And it’s great and all. Really. I swear.
Ok, the reality? I think potty training is a real pain in the ass. I’m all about the end result, but getting there is proving to be a real time suck. I’ve spent more time sitting on the bathroom floor in the past month and half than probably the entire rest of my life combined. I’ve been late to work because I don’t exactly feel like we can pull the Noodle off the toilet in the middle of his “session”–whether he’s accomplishing anything or not, if he says he still needs to go potty, I feel like right now we need to listen to that. Meals have gotten cold, visitors have been abandoned, and bedtime. Oh bedtime has become this insanely long, drawn out event, with usually at least two if not three return visits after extended screaming of POTTY POTTY POTTY over the monitor. Bedtime has gone from a 20-30 minute event to anywhere from 30 minutes to TWO HOURS.
And the thing is, in all of those events, every time he says he has to go potty, he does, actually go potty. So in an effort to continue to encourage the learning of how to go potty, I feel like we can’t ignore him if he asks. You know? So we leave our meals, we extend bedtime, we leave visitors, and we sit on the floor of the bathroom cheering him on.
I’m looking forward to not paying for diapers anymore, but honestly? This is way more annoying than changing a diaper.
So if you need me, you might want to check the bathroom floor. I’ve got a spot there that’s become like a second home.