May 24, 2013

It's Potty Time, Again

When we leave the kids to babysit our list of standards is something like this:

1- Make sure the house doesn't burn to the ground
2- If they are hungry feed them
3- When we get home the house should be relatively tidy.  

Our girls always far surpass our expectations of a babysitter.  There are usually lots of activities, some games, reading, baths and once in a while they do some school or some community oriented kind of project.  They have never set anything on fire.  At least to my knowledge.  They are kids so they never go hungry.  Sometimes we do catch people wildly putting stuff away or kids running to hop in their bed when we come in the door.   But I'm okay with that.  As long as I don't have to do it and everyone is at least pretending to go to sleep when I get in.  

Last week when we took Addison for his cardiology appointment the girls were in charge.  We were headed down the road when I got a text with this picture.  (Sorry for the bad quality.  Nana's phone doesn't have a very good camera.)

Pretty typical photo of a preschooler trying out the potty.  Except that with pregnancy and baby we haven't even started training Carmella yet.  And she isn't even two so I'm not sure she is quite ready.  As a matter of fact, when we left that morning the potty chair was in the attic.  So someone had to be really motivated to start the whole project.

So then I had the following text conversation with Brianna.

Nana:  "Carmella told me she needed to be changed so I told her she needed to use the potty."

Me:  So how did it go?  Looks like a good summer project for you.

Nana:  She sat there and looked at books for a while and then she got scared and wanted to get up.
Does Winnie stay dry for an hour or two stretch during the day and sometimes wake up from naps dry?

Me:  Are you reading Babywise?

Nana:  No.  What to Expect the Toddler years.  According to the book, that's how we test her physiological readiness.

Me:  Glad to know her physiological readiness is moving forward.

Nana:  Apparently we need to decide on a potty vocabulary.  Dirty and wet?

Really, not kidding here.  So Brianna has taken potty training Carmella on as her graduation project.  Books on potty training are arriving from at an alarming rate.  This morning Winnie started her day reading Potty 1-2-3.  Nana tells me that we have to use Olivia (you know Winnie's rabbit) to demonstrate what to do and we have to get more picture books with kids using the potty.  Go figure.  I am not about to discourage someone else who wants to handle the potty training... and if it takes some boxes from Amazon to fuel her enthusiasm I am all for it.

But in the meantime, Carmella is still trying to test her physiological readiness and decide on a potty vocabulary.


  1. That is hilarious...and awesome!! Tell her when she is done, she can work on Jackson, haha! Mackenzie has a precious moments potty book that she has always loved, and as much as I dislike it, she has an elmo one that she really loves, and it makes a flushing noise :-)
    Good luck!

  2. Love it!! I've fumbled through all my kids potty-trainging, so I don't really have it down to an exact science. I'd love to hear how it goes. I've got a two-year-old that we'll be working on this summer (I have found that summer potty-training works well, especially with boys :) ).