Let me take a moment to brag about how well potty-training our toddler has gone for us overall. We have been very lucky when I compare stories to some of my friends. Lilly grasped the concept fairly quickly and has had few mistakes.
That all being said, she is still in a pull-up for nap time and a regular diaper at night. When I put her in her pull-up, or “diaper underwear” as she calls them, I remind her to try not to go to the bathroom in them. Once she’s asleep, whatever happens will happen and that is totally cool.
However, when she spends her entire nap reading books and talking with her babies in her room, WIDE AWAKE for 2 hours, there is really no excuse. If she is awake, she knows she should use the potty…
Mommy: (sitting quietly on the couch, taking a moment & watching a movie, when I hear her door open) “Lilly? Go back to your room please.”
Lilly: “I poo-pooed my diaper underwear, Mommy”
Mommy: (ugh, awesome) “Oh Lilly. You did?”
Lilly: “Yeah. You change my bum please?”
*At least she asked nicely this time. There have been times where ‘change my bum’ was barked at us as an order.
Mommy: (taking her to her room to grab a fresh pull-up and get her cleaned) “Lilly, where are you supposed to go poo?”
Lilly: “The poddy.”
Mommy: “That’s right. You were awake when you went poo, so you should have told Mommy, and gone in the potty. You’re a big girl honey. You know better.” (adding, with a smile) “Mommy doesn’t exactly like having to clean your bum, you know.”
Lilly: (looking at me with a genuine shocked expression) “No?!”
Mommy: (trying not to laugh at her surprise) “Well, no honey. I would rather you use the potty.”
*Seriously?! Yes child, because nothing brings me more pleasure in life than to wipe your ass.
Lilly: (having come to a realization, stands up with her clean bum and hugs me) “I sorry Mommy.”
Mommy: “That’s ok honey. Just next time come and tell Mommy and I will help you on the potty.”
Years from now, when this monster has grown up to have babies of her own, I will be able to show her this post and ask her if changing diapers is her life’s passion. Ideally speaking, she will find the same humour I did during this conversation
*Read more of my funny little musings with my monkey with the rest of my Talking With My Toddler posts.