The week of Thanksgiving I decided to potty train.
I know, genius.
Traveling. Turkey. Stuffing. Mashed potatoes. Green bean casserole. All ties in perfectly with cleaning up accident after accident, right?
Let’s just agree to blame it on mother-of-one idealism, eh?
No, seriously. I totally thought I would be writing this amazing + slightly humorous series of posts on how “fun” our experience was and how “successful” we were and how it wasn’t easy but definitely”doable”.
Nope. Not gonna happen.
In fact, motherhood lesson #14,320,439,025,238 was the complete understanding of why Pull Ups and other companies make diapers in big enough for elementary age kiddos.
Not gonna, lie. It’s pretty appealing to just call it a day and let the kid figure it out on her own when she’s a teenager.
Seriously…and it would probably keep the boys away. *insert evil laugh here*
Long story short: potty training attempted and failed.
In true Sarina fashion I read all the books, blogs, and scoured the Internet to figure out when a good time to start would be. All of them said that toddlers are typically ready at 22 months and/or when they’re aware of their “movements.”
Check and check.
But nope. Still not ready for the “big girl potty” over here.
Here’s a rundown of how it went:
Little S would tell me that she had to go potty. We would run to the potty. She would scream and scream and scream and scream that she didn’t want to sit on it.
She’d hold it for 4 hours and then proceed to have accidents for the next 3 hours every 30 minutes.
Because I’m stubborn and because the things I read said it would “click” eventually, we did this for about a week before the hubs and I were resigned to the fact that it wasn’t going to click. At least not right now.
And that’s okay.
So much of this motherhood business involves learning that its okay to not succeed the first time around.
It hasn’t been an easy lesson to learn, but I’ve gotten better at rolling with the failures and knowing that they don’t define me and being a mom sometimes involves just being okay with resolving to try again…later.
And if potty training doesn’t take the next time or two around we’ll just buy stock in Pull Ups and call it a day. Amiright?