While we were getting ready for bed the other day, Rose turned to me and said “UH! Mommy! Poop!” She hadn’t pooped yet, but it was clear that one was coming.
“Do you want to try to put your poop in the potty?” I asked.
And lo and behold the child whose favorite word is “no” said “yes”.
So we ran to the potty and made it there on time. A tiny pebble of poop was deposited before she got weirded out and stopped trying. Still, this tiny poop was worthy of major celebration at our house. We all cheered, including Lily, and ran and got her a jelly bean.
This, combined with her recently correctly asking me with words to be changed when she’s wet or poopy, indicates to me that she may be ready to potty train before her big sister.
But, because of my last potty training nightmare I have no desire to get back in the game right now. Or ever, really. I mean, clearly I have this second child here that will eventually need to be potty trained, but I dream of a world where she magically starts doing her business without my doing extra laundry or suffering for OVER A YEAR.
It has to go better this time, right? I mean, Lily STILL doesn’t tell me if she’s wet. Just Rose telling me these things has to be a good sign, right? Right?
I’d say it can’t go any worse than it did last time, but with Lily we never had any poop accidents so I guess it COULD be a lot worse.
But surely potty training couldn’t LAST any longer than it did last time in a child who shows signs of being smart, right?
I will put Rose on the potty when it’s convenient, but I’ve made a pledge to myself not to do anything heavy duty until 26 months, the recommended start age in the potty training e-book I used to train Lily. Maybe we can really get this done in 3 days and then not have a million regressions?
I doubt it.
I’ll tell you one thing, there’ s no way in hell I’m becoming a bag lady again. This kid will be forced to suck it up and sit on public toilets without a potty seat. At least I say this now. We’ll see if she cooperates.
EDIT: I wrote and scheduled this post about 2 weeks ago. Since then, Rose has put no further poop or pee in the potty although she does tell me she is wet or poopy. I guess that first event was a false alarm, but it’s still a world of difference from her 3.75 year old sister who was wet today and didn’t tell me until I felt it when she sat in my lap.