Reflections on the Potty

I stared at the package in my hand. There they were, all seven of them, each tightly rolled and nestled in a clear plastic bag with pink edges. If I looked closely, I could barely make out the faces of Belle and Cinderella smiling up at me.

"I'm so not ready for this!", I mentally shouted. As I pulled off the tape and unrolled the first pair of underwear, tears pooled. "I'm not ready to kiss her babyhood goodbye", I sniffed.

As I pulled off the tape and unrolled the second pair, I could hear the tires of her car squealing as she drove away to college (hopefully wearing underwear as modest as these).

On the third pair, I went and got some scissors and wondered if she'd have any poopy accidents while we were potty training. Cleaning up smashed poop out of tiny jeans or carseats is one of my favorite pastimes.

When I cut the tape and unrolled the fourth pair, I held them up, thought they looked a little big and idly wondered if they'd live up to the "no ride-up" promise stamped on their bag.

As I struggled to rip the tape off of the fifth pair, I suddenly realized that it had taken me what seemed like 10 minutes to partially open a package of toddler underwear, and hoped that the money we'd be saving on diapers would be worth the 10 minutes of frustration.

By the sixth pair, I was fuming and wondering what idiot decided that it was necessary to tape down the edge of a tiny little roll of cotton AND use a resealable, stiff plastic case for the package. As if.

I yanked open the seventh pair, threw them all into the washing machine and slammed the door.

Today I told Ava to be sure not to pee on her princesses. No accidents again, but she's napping with a diaper. My boys were really slow to get over the sleep-wetting thing, hopefully she won't follow suit.

I love potty training. Not.

5 readers took time to leave a thought:

Chrysanthemama December 16, 2008 at 2:38 PM  

GREAT post! Potty training is so bittersweet, isn't it?

My2Gs December 16, 2008 at 2:39 PM  

I have a little night wetter too. Grace will be 4 this month and still wears a pull up at night.

4 Little Men and Twins December 16, 2008 at 3:54 PM  

ahhhh... girlie undies! That is awesome she is doing so well. Ozzie is still half and half today... but it's better than last week! :)


Aleah December 17, 2008 at 12:54 AM  

I laughed out loud at your "don't pee on your princesses"!
That's a good one!

Good luck to ya! : )

McSarah December 17, 2008 at 7:28 PM  

hee hee lol la la la
funny lady

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