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!