Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Day After the Party Pooper

So I have to tell you about the day after Eli's birthday. I know that was over a week ago, but it has taken that long for me to find the humor in this incident. I guess it's one of those things that make you say, "one day we will laugh about this!".

My mom was getting ready to leave after spending Eli's birthday with us. I had gotten the boys ready and was just getting out of the shower when Eli came to the bathroom telling me, "Potty! Potty!"

Eli has been interested in using the potty, but has never actually done anything while sitting there. He just makes a "ppssssss!" noise while smiling at me. Cute, but somewhat frustrating. So I didn't really thing his request was very urgent.

But as I started to get dressed, Eli started to try to pull his clothes off, all while saying, "potty!". So I decided to humor him and took off his pants and diaper and set him on the potty. Within 20 seconds, Jonah came in the bathroom saying, "Mommy, I need to go potty NOW!".

So what's a mom to do? I figured Eli didn't really need to go, so I took him off the potty and put Jonah on the potty.  You can see where this is headed, right? Actually it is worse than you think!

While I was helping Jonah with the TP, Eli wandered back in the bathroom. It was then that I noticed he had a little something on his tush. I immediately cried, "Oh no, Eli is starting to go potty!" So I took Jonah off the potty and put Eli on.

No big deal, right? Jonah was done anyway... or so I thought! He starts in with "I still need to go some more!" At this point I am in a panic. So I call for my mom to come take Jonah downstairs (he won't go down by himself) so he can finish going potty and I can take care of Eli.

I thought the disaster was averted. WRONG!
I just about lost it when I looked down the hallway...

What neither my mom or I knew was that Eli had already pooped in the hallway. That wouldn't be SO bad, but then my mom inadvertently stepped on it with her shoe when she came to get Jonah.... and tracked the mess down the hallway, through my kitchen and down the stairs.

I will admit it... I freaked out. There may have been some yelling, screaming and general hysteria. It wasn't my mom's fault, it wasn't really Eli's fault.... and I like to think that I was doing the best I could.

We got the mess cleaned up and then went out for lunch to give everyone a break. I was disappointed that Eli probably WOULD have used the potty, but instead everything got all messed up.

Oh well! I suppose it will work out eventually. After all, later in the day (before his bath and with his face covered in cake and chocolate ice cream) he did get back on the potty.

Day 70
So I guess that's progress, even if all he did was tell me "ppsssssssss!" and smile.

(psst.. here is my week in photos).

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  1. LOL -- oh, man. I had THAT day today. Sigh.


    Oh my gosh that was funny! Mostly because I've had VERY similar experiences -- only they involved the sentence "And I don't know HOW it got on the wall!"

    Thanks for the laugh -- you are indeed a Poo Manager.

    And I was glad to read that was food on his face -- you know, the non-digested kind :)

  3. Potty training is SO hard sometimes.

  4. On the bright side, at least he made it a memorable day. :)

  5. sorry but that totally made me laugh. at least you got to look back on it and smile (o:

  6. Lol! I'm so sorry! But it's progress indeed that he wanted to get back on. I've so been there. :)

    In fact, my boys still argue over who needs to go MORE. And they're 5, 10 and 12.

  7. YOu ARE the Poo Manager! Hee heeeeeeee!

    Glad you see the humor in it now...because we did. :)

  8. He is so cute sitting up there! how adorable.

  9. Oh yes. I have had the poop-isode. It's amazing what you find yourself cleaning up when you are a mom...

  10. ROTFL Girl, that is just a typical day in the life of a potty training mom and one of the reasons why we can laugh at your sh*tty day. We've all been there and yes, it will be funny when you back at it months from now, when you're over the whole potty training thing, of course. :-)

  11. potty training one is hard enough add another and well.... it's not an easy task! :)

  12. Oh what a day! We have had that sort here too. Potty training, isn't it a BLAST!

  13. Oh no!!!!
    We had one of these moments too, only.. Less stepping.. more playing.
    It happens to the best of us. I promise.