Do you have any experience with potty training? I have zero, zilch, nadda! But I'd love to share my toilet story with you if you'll allow me to bend your ear! (Note: this does not pertain to our dog Simon, but our little boy)
Lately, he has taken to stripping. Do you know what I mean? Just tearing off all of his clothes - sometimes diaper too - and streaking through the house. Ok, I admit, it was cute at first. It's different now. Now the neighbors think we are lunatics while grandma thinks we need to be better "role models" (what does that mean anyway? It's not like I streak through the house, seriously grandma, I PROMISE I am not a streaker!)
It's not just the stripping. Last week, first thing in the morning while still in his crib, he took off his jammies (they even button AND zip, but he still got 'em off!) .....and also got the diaper off too. THE POOPY DIAPER! AAAHHHH!!!! Stinky, nasty, smelly, and dirty as it was, HE LOVED IT. OH NO! What's a mom to do? ONESIE! ? Yes, yes, I started putting him in onesies under everything. That lasted about 4 whole days, because it didn't take him long to figure out how to get that thing off too.
So today, he was pulling his pants off for the hundredth time. As I started to say "PLEASE NO!", he said, "potty". ???????? I thought..... "What?????!!!?" Ok, I am a first time mom. He is 19 months old. I am behind the 8 ball here because I haven't even read that chapter in my books yet. It has never even occurred to me to put him on a toilet. Did I mention that he purposely pees on me when I change his diaper. Oh yes, it is on purpose. As soon as I lie him on the floor, he gets that sneaky grin. Immediately after I open his diaper he likes to give me a nice little shower followed by a SO PROUD Of himself smile and giggle. (it's hard not to laugh, did I create this monster habit?) It's like a juggling act, holding legs, blocking the stream, wiping, getting on a fresh diaper... Moms...you must know what I mean!?
After he said "potty", my response was "do you have to go potty?" He ran his pantless little body straight to the bathroom, pulled the stepstool from the sink and moved it to the toilet. I was shocked, because this is a behavior that we have neither taught him, nor showed him. He climbed onto the toilet and I gave a helping hand with the rest of his diaper. Next thing you know, he did his business. ONE AND TWO! *wink
Hubby came home and we immediately went to the store to buy a potty seat. Thinking maybe it was a fluke, we asked him as soon as we got home if he had to go "potty". After heading straight to the bathroom, he made good use of his brand new potty seat.
My sister is an experienced mom and tells me it's a fluke. He'll probably forget about it all tomorrow. I am a bit bewildered at it all. Sad too because he is my baby. I guess not for much longer...... Now what do I do?
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