And just like that BB is potty training.
I potty trained when I was 2.5 and I’m sure Captain was later than that, so this is not something that was on my radar as being imminent. I knew and hoped it would happen one day. I figured I’d get some books, buy all the gear and be ready. I was not ready.
A week ago, BB was “helping” me fold laundry, which is really an exercise in folding and putting away as fast as I can before BB can undo what I’ve already done. BB has always liked playing with clothes and underpants are no different. She tosses them in the air,
“Daddy’s underwear, mommy’s underwear… I need my panties.”
“I need my panties.”
“Ok.” I feel sure she wants panties to play with just like she’s playing with mine and Captain’s. She raises her voice at me,
“I NEED MY PANTIES.”
“You want your own panties?”
“We’ll get them later.” All I’m thinking is: I need to make dinner, can I avert a tantrum?
A half- hour later, Captain gets home and I’m starting to cook. BB tries again,
“I need my panties.”
“I NEED MY PANTIES.”
“Ok we’ll go to the store tomorrow and get some.” I don’t know why she needs panties so desperately, but I would really like to avoid a tantrum.
“I NEED MY PANTIES I NEED MY PANTIES I NEED MY PANTIES!!!” She’s starting to scream cry. I ask her,
“If you get panties, what are you going to do?”
What?! OK! I had no idea she understood what panties are for. I’ve never dropped everything and left for Target so fast.
BB insists on a shopping cart. I put her in and we find the underwear aisle. She grabs Mickey Mouse “boy underwear” and Sesame Street “girl underwear.” I ask her,
“Would you like any other ones?”
She’s already half way back to the register. She calls back to me over her shoulder,
“This is good.”
I chase after her, leaving the empty shopping cart behind. She reminds me,
“Do you want to get in it?”
She clutches the 2 packs of underwear,
“Then we can leave the shopping cart there.”
Or I can push it and try to wrangle a toddler marching through Target. I can do that.
We get home. BB wanted Mickey boy underwear so I got it. I assumed it was like how a store will label a blue truck a “boy” truck and a pink truck a “girl” truck, but aside from color they’re the same. So boy underwear, girl underwear what’s the difference?
I opened the packages. Oh right. There is a difference. I didn’t want to add explaining penises to this day, but BB does not know or care that her underwear can open in the front.
Only half believing that there is any chance of success, I put her in her new panties. She grabs her little potty, drags it from the bathroom, into the kitchen, over and through the open baby gate and sets it up next to Captain who’s working on his computer. She sits down and pees, straight through her new underwear.
Well that’s something. It’s been a week now. Some days we’ve had 100% success and other days are more like 30%.
First full day of no diapers, BB comes dashing into the kitchen screaming,
I don’t know what’s grosser: poop in the living room or the dog eating it.
Three days into it, I want to put a diaper on her to go to the grocery store. I’m not trying to wash the whole car seat right now. BB tells me,
“No diaper, big girl panties.”
Ok. The car seat could use a wash.
I go into a frenzy of potty paraphernalia shopping. Toddler seats for the full-size toilets came a few days ago. BB really likes those the best. Me too. Emptying little buckets of poop and pee does not feel like a big step up from changing diapers.
We’re far far away from this being a done deal. Sometimes BB is self-initiating and going potty by herself, but she still isn’t pulling down her underwear. She yells from the bathroom,
“Mommy, I went potty!”
I cheer and jump and clap. Then I remind her that she can pull her panties down next time,
“Let’s put on new underwear, these ones are wet with pee.”
“No mommy, just sweaty.”
When it’s 95° and you’re potty training and you’re really into “The Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens.”
And when you gotta go potty, but you also really need to trim your toe nails