I did something both crazy and brave today. Riley woke up with pinkeye. That wasn’t the crazy or brave thing. That was the gross thing that ruined my plans for the day.
Since he had to stay home from school, that meant there were five school-free days ahead of us (pinkeye day + teacher work day tomorrow + the weekend + President’s Day on Monday). Somehow, I decided to potty train him. Today. As we
speak write. That’s the crazy and brave thing.
Crazy because potty training is just that – crazy. And brave because, well, the same thing. Doing something crazy is brave. Plus it’s hard to know if he’s ready. I think he is, but I’m not sure, and false starts suck. I swear, if people knew what potty training was really like, and if they knew that it’s actually a long, exhausting process that takes months if not years, they’d never have kids.
I’m too exhausted to give you all of the gory details of theday (and there were some), but I think it’s fair to deem Day One a success. Riley went through about ten pairs of underwear, and I’ll definitely be calling Stanley Steemer next week to get the family room carpet cleaned, but HE POOPED IN THE POTTY! Poop. In the toilet. On day one! I’m one Proud (and sort of Gloating) Mama right now. And kind of tipsy, too, because a
little bit lot of wine was necessary to temper the emotional and physical exhaustion of the day.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures during the day, mostly because that would’ve been kind of weird, but this one, taken after Riley was asleep in a bedtime Pullup (thank god for bedtime and bedtime Pullups!) pretty much sums up the day.
I better sign off now and get some much needed rest before Day Two begins (today’s parenting started at about 4:00 a.m.). You know that app that let’s you tell friends on Facebook that you’re running three or twelve miles and that they can leave you comments that you’ll hear through your iPod? Well, I don’t have an iPod anymore because I accidentally washed and dried it (oops), but I sure could use a cheering section right about now. Consider the comments section on the blog my app and drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.