Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Walmart Makes Me Have To Pee

When we started to potty train J, he was ready. Well, as ready as a three year old can be.

Like most toddlers, he would tell me when had to go to the bathroom.  I mean when he said he had to go he meant right then!  So, unless I used my super power of super speed, you can guess there was a few accidents.

There are two ways to sum up potty training:

  • Trying to keep the pee in the potty, not everywhere else.
  • Trying to keep the poop in the potty, not everywhere else.

When starting to potty train, you are like a prisoner in your own home.  You are afraid to go out for fear of your toddler having an accident - in public - that you would have to clean up.  Terrifying!

One day, I couldn't stand being inside any longer.  I had to get out.  So, I decided we were going to Walmart for a few supplies.

As we are getting ready, I ask J if he needs to go to the bathroom.  Before we leave, I ask again.  In the parking lot, I ask a third time.  Each time the answer is, "No, mama!!  I don't have to go potty!!"

Once inside Walmart, it takes me forever to get the kids in the cart.  I have to wipe it down with the Clorox wipe. (Me and the Clorox wipes - BFF's.) After wiping down the cart,  I finally get the kids in and we are off like a herd of turtles!

We walk down the first aisle looking for bath soap.  J announces. "I have to pee." Then pees.  Right there in the cart. Drips through the bottom of the cart to the floor. Alrighty!  I immediately do a u-turn and walk out of the store to the car.

As I am changing J in the trunk, J says, "Sorry mama."  

Sighing, I hug him and say, "That's okay, J. It was an accident. No big deal."

I am so frustrated.  Not at J.  He is just a little guy trying his best.  I don't want to make him feel bad.  He has been trying really hard and he had a slip up.  I am frustrated at myself and the situation.  I knew this could happen which is why I brought an extra pair of clothes.  Ah, well!  What can you do but roll with the punches?

So, those of you who are potty training, take heart.  It is a long, dark journey. There will be troubles ahead.  But, fear not!  Fight the good fight! Because one day, you will be rewarded with success.  And when that day comes, it will be a glorious day!


  1. I can laugh at this incident because I've been there and done that! Not specifically in Wal-Mart with a shopping cart (which come on, is pretty darn funny!) but I have so many similar stories!

    I learned to put them on the potty before we go somewhere even if they say they don't have to go. Sometimes it's tricky but usually they comply.

    Good luck!!

  2. Oh, I feel your pain. When I was training my oldest daughter, we went to the store to buy her the promised reward for staying dry - new Big Girl Underwear! On the way to the children's dept she peed down her leg onto the floor. Sigh. But it's true that eventually there is success - at 7 years old, she now almost always makes it to the bathroom! L(

    1. Robyn, that is hilarious! I am sure you did not think so at the time though!
      This episode was a couple of months ago. Only took him a few weeks to learn but during those couple of weeks, holy smokes!!!

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    1. Potty training only lasts a short time but it can be brutal! ;)
      Thanks for visiting!

  4. Awww!! Sweet boy said he had had to pee and he did it right then. So cute. It's so awesome when kids have a mother that understands that pee happens.

    1. That's right! Pees happens. What can you do but roll with the pee, er is that punches?

  5. My 3yo pulled something similar on me the other day. When we were late. On the way to the airport. To catch a flight home. I was SO annoyed because she REFUSED to try to go potty before getting in the car. Being late already I thought, okay, whatever, let's just go. Then ten minutes in, with no bathroom in sight: I have to go to the potty. All I can say is thank GOD Olive Garden has its bathroom right near the entrance.

    1. Hang in there! It can be rough. But when you have one less diaper to change, it is glorious!

  6. This was perfect for #findingthefunny! Thanks for linking up. :)

    1. Kelley, thanks for hosting #findingthefunny! It's a blast!

  7. You were one of the most clicked links at last week's #findingthefunny. We're featuring you tomorrow - and pinning this to Pinterest.

    (And I'm going to FOR SURE wipe down those carts after hearing about this! :)

    1. That's great! Thanks for letting me know.
      I always wipe down the carts too! :)

  8. This makes me so happy I always wipe down my carts! LOL

    1. Thanks! Just keeping it real! :) I always wipe down the carts too!

  9. I feel for you - I remember those days! Love this line "we are off like a herd of turtles" - so true and so funny. Came from Finding the Funny!

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