So there I was. Nine months pregnant with a little girl who was beginning to show interest in using the toilet. We didn't have a child's potty. We didn't have panties or pull-ups. We were still moving in and getting settled. We were about to have another baby. NOT an ideal time to make an attempt to potty train, friends.
So we did what any supportive, encouraging, independence-fostering parents would do...we ignored it. :)
But it didn't go away. Three months later, Ella is still all about the potty. While we are still not ready to go whole-hog and potty train, we did buy Ella an Elmo potty and some Disney princess panties. (Why not try it, you ask? If Ella tells me that she needs to use the potty minutes after I sit down to nurse Kate, we would have a mess on our hands. I want to set her up for success, and I don't think I can do that right now. So we're talking about the potty, we're just not pushing it yet.)
Ella really likes the Elmo potty, but she LOVES her princess panties. So the other day while Kate was napping, I decided to clean the bathroom and Ella asked to wear her princess panties. I thought it would be a good time for her to wear them for a bit. So she sat on the potty, tried to pee pee (no dice), and then walked around in her panties while she played. I was right there and it would only be for 30 minutes or so. Hardly even enough time for an accident to happen, right? Wrong.
While I was cleaning the shower, I noticed that the sound of Ella playing (this girl talks to herself constantly...don't know where she got that...) had disappeared. I walked into the hallway to find Ella putting her bear in Kate's bouncy seat...and squatting in a puddle of liquid.
Aubrey: Ella, did you pee pee, honey?
Ella: No Mommy.
Aubrey: Sweetie, it's okay if you have to pee pee, but you need to tell Mommy so we can sit on the Elmo potty.
Ella: Yeah Mommy.
Aubrey: [cleaning up the urine on the floor, attempting to use firm tone to address panties-only daughter] Ella Mae, pee pee goes in the potty. In the Elmo potty. Not on the floor. You have to tell Mommy so we can go to the potty, because the potty is where the pee pee goes. [pause] Ella, where does the pee pee go?
Ella: [pointing, very serious] On the floor right there by Mommy.
If you could keep a straight face through that, you're a better parent than me. :)
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