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Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Got your attention didn't I?

No, not my poop: Norah's poop.

In the past few weeks, she's gone from warily regarding the toilet as a suspect place to poop to being an enthusiastic toilet-pooper.  So much so, that she wants to poop at any opportunity she can seize.  Maybe our incentives have been too grandiose, I don't know, but either way, she now regards pooping in the potty as the pinnacle of her daily achievements (really, don't we all?), so we've essentially created a monster here: She wants to sit on the pot and poop even when she doesn't have to poop.

Yesterday, following her dad's shining example, she requested that she have access to the iPad for potty-tainment.  My mistake was allowing her to sit there too long (in my defence, it's a fine line between her truly having to poop and her using poop as an excuse to play on the iPad, or post-pone bedtime, or naptime, or dinner...), and when she got up, her legs had fallen asleep.

There was a lot of crying over that. 

Parenting FAIL.

And, the poop-in-the-potty obsession has even extended to her babies, stuffed animals, princesses, etc.  Can they poop in the potty?  Yes?  Then that's what they should be doing!  Yesterday afternoon, I witnessed the most hilarious play-scenario unfold:

Big Baby (Norah's oldest, ugliest looking baby) was getting her diaper changed by Norah, and she'd pooped.  Norah sternly told her: "Big Baby, next time you have to poop, you have to tell me so you can go on the potty!"  A few seconds later, "What?  You have to poop some more, Big Baby?  Let's go to the potty!"

Big Baby was rushed into the bathroom to sit on the training toilet, where she had complete poop success!

I walk in, and Norah has Big Baby bent over in Down Dog to wipe Big Baby's butt (this is how teachers at school instruct the kids to "assume the position" and, honestly, I hadn't thought of it before, but once Norah starting doing it at home, I realized how handy it is for wiping somebody else's ass!).  Caleb had toddled in behind me (that dude is walking, yo!), and Norah took the chance to properly instruct Caleb about poop in the potty.

"See, Caleb, Big Baby pooped!  You wanna sniff it?  Here, smell!"

"Smells like poop, huh?  It's brown poop!"

Caleb leans in over the fictional brown poop and appreciates this tutorial.

"Don't eat it," Norah advises, "we just sniff poop, we don't eat it."

Right, Caleb, if there's anything from childhood that should remain an important lesson, it's that which your big sister has imparted: Poop is for smelling, not for eating.


Erin said...

Wow, that is good advice. Make sure she passes it on to Mason too.

Total side note...I waited too long to buy them for Miller but the Kandoo flushable wet wipes for kids are the bomb! Miller is much more eager to wipe his own butt after a poop with those than regular toilet paper. He also loves to spray room spray after a big turd.

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TNTcoach Ken said...

A poop story with a happy ending.........

runner26 said...

Is it wrong that I laughed nonstop while reading this? If ever there was an appropriate use for "LOL" this is it!

I addition to giggling, I also took some notes. Time is flying and soon enough I'll have a collection of potty training stories of my own. Thanks for the laugh and the info ;)

Leah said...

oh i'm so glad you are back blogging, this made me laugh out loud. I have a toddler potty training and oh yes the using it to get out of bedtime is a big one. I have to poop she says with a smirk.

MCM Mama said...

Totally laughing at this. Very important advice indeed.

Lee said...

Haha, I'm literally laughing out loud at this.

Alice said...

I am sooooo glad that you came back to blogging! Your blog today has me in tears right now from laughing so hard! My almost 3 year old runs out of the bathroom with her pants around her ankles and yells "Daddy wipe my bum!" every time she poops! He's gotten so good at it that I just hand him the 1 year old when she smells. Our daughters have just assigned him this job, and I'm not going to argue!

Carolina John said...

Our Evil Genius went through a phase when she would only poop while she was standing up. It's insane.

Agate Lake Girl said...

I'm impressed. I would think most siblings would try to trick each other into eating the poop! :)