I realize I am resorting to "potty humor", but desperate times call for....
a sense of humor.
I am in the throes of potty training for the last time. And I realize that I must find the humor or I will go undeniably crazy (up till now I have denied my craziness).
So here are my top 10 ways to know you are indeed potty training.
1. You find yourself asking everyone multiple times if they have gone potty before you leave the house, this includes spouse and adult friends.
2. You want to invite your friends to eat in your bathroom. Not to gross anyone out, but because of all the time you spend in there it is the cleanest room in your house. At least from what you remember. They would have to bring the food though, you haven't cooked all week.
3. You start buying "potty treats" you like, regardless of what your child wants.
4. You divvy out those potty treats on a "one for you, three for me basis" and after they are in bed, you make a raid on said treats.
5. You actually take the time to make a cost analysis of your child using diapers until young adulthood and try to determine how serious you are about them attending college after all.
6. You find yourself interrupting the phrase,"Mommy, I need... with RUN, RUN, RUN!!!"
7. You are pretty sure you haven't left the house in at least a month, even though it is more like 3 days.
8. You realize that you haven't been to the bathroom yourself in 3 days, because you don't want to see that room on your "time off".
9. You hear your child telling a stranger that he has on "race car underwear, what kind do youse wear?"
10. You are LATE, LATE, LATE. No matter how on time, (or not) you usually are, you are now habitually late to everything either because they announced in the car as you were pulling away that they need to go (yes, in spite of your repeated queries of "Does anyone need to go potty?"), or you have to change clothes, or you are getting that diaper you are sure you won't need, and most likely because you realize that now you need to go.
With my first child I realized that like several other things parenting is not for the weak. It is not for those easily grossed out. But I had no idea how close to pure insanity potty training really can take you. It makes me a nut case and I am always glad when it is done. This time though, I have to laugh a bit more because it is the end of that chapter for me. And that makes me a little sad.
See, I told you it makes me a little crazy!