Wednesday, June 10, 2009

P Colapse

I knew it, I knew I shouldn't have done it. I just didn't have anything else to write about. Blogging rule broken, and I am sufficiently sorry about it.

Today I traumatized my daughter and may just have completely undone all of the potty training progress so far.

Today, we went to the Zoo for day camp. We went early to look at sharks and stingrays. We tried to go potty by the sharks. But the toilet, it kept flushing. You see, all successful public peeing was in ancient bathrooms. Not nice new ones with auto-flushers. It flushed, and she cowered, and it flushed more, and more and more.

And then I, not knowing how to make it stop, and certain that if she would just pee the fear would be gone, pushed it. I pushed her, and may have completely traumatized her. I know I'm traumatized a little myself.

I now know about post-its (never leave home without them) and toilet paper, and where every bathroom you can make your daughter scream at the in the Zoo is.

As penance I went out and bought a small fortune in undies. Every kind of character undies (except the damn princesses) that I could find. Screw the expensive training undies, we're going full force. She can do it, I know she can. I got more jersey shorts/pants. We've got dresses coming out of our ears. If she has a 50 percent success rate, I should be good for two days without laundry.

Please, if you're listening universe, I'm sorry. I'm sorry I was so happy about it. It won't happen again.

ETA: I don't know if I dare write this, but in trying to get her to poop, she is now wildly (and I do mean wildly shrieking and giggling uncontrollably) by her own farts. I find it hard not to laugh wildly with her.


kristen said...

Hey, farts are funny. At least I think so (my husband doesn't necessarily agree).

And those automatic flushing toilets terrify me, and I'm far from being two. I hate those things.

But seriously - M is doing a good job. You are doing a good job. Yes, this is coming from someone with no being the parent in a potty training experience, but like anything else, it will take time and patience. And bribery. :)

Sarah @ said...

I think farts are funny too. Except that the more pregnant I am, the more inopportune they are. And that's getting old lol.

You're doing a great job with the potty training, just keep it up. Potty training is not for the faint of heart!

tere said...

Great job, and yes it is terrifying to do trial and error. it is part of the parenting movie. I'm sure that laughing at farts is great, it is an enjoyable thing even if our culture has made it an embarrassing one. Just pressure changes as someone refers to both farts and burbs.

M will survive and so will you. You are doing a great job, and remember nothing is permanent, fortunately it just keeps moving, somtimes more slowly and somtimes at breakneck speeds. Try to roll with it, and laughter is a great thing to help with the rolls.

love you

Shannon said...

My 5 (almost 6) year old is still terrified of automatic flushers. She still makes me stand behind her with my hand covering the sensor so it won't flush while she's peeing. Whoever designed those things did not have kids. Best of luck! You'll make it through this eventually! :)