Sunday, February 8, 2009

I've never been so excited about body functions

We have officially begun potty training. So far, it's going REALLY well.

Kaitlyn isn't the only one on a learning curve. Here are some things that Mommy is trying to learn:
  • How to develop an internal homing device for tracking down store employees, so they can tell me where the bathroom is
  • The ability to hoof it from one side of the store to the other in record time (because the bathroom is sure to be on the opposite end of the building from where we are at the time)
  • To observe if the toilet is an automatic flush type, so I can prepare both of us for the possible shock of the flush as soon as Kaitlyn gets off the potty
  • How to juggle Kaitlyn and my purse while trying to get both of our hands washed
  • Remembering to ask Kaitlyn before leave the house/store/restaurant/etc. if she needs to go
It's amazing how new phases bring so many new things to learn! Another change is the immediacy of the need - before, when she needed her diaper changed, I could put it off for a few minutes if I needed to. Those days are long gone.

I have to say that I'm glad we put this off for a few months. Kaitlyn showed signs of being ready six months ago, but with us moving and all the other issues in our life, we didn't want to add something else. Plus, I read this post by Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer, and decided it was better to err on the side of waiting too long instead of starting too soon.

And, by the way, if you are a mom and are anywhere near the potty-training process, I highly encourage you to read Shannon's post. She has so many good tips, and she's potty trained four kids, so I think I can trust that she's learned a thing or two.

In other news... the President is coming to town tomorrow. His first trip as president, and he's coming to my hometown! Who would have thought?

The bad news is, he's coming because our county has the worst unemployment in the U.S. The RV industry has taken quite a hit, and there are so many businesses here related to RVs. But, this is delving into a whole other topic that I just don't have the energy to comment on at the moment.

So. Anyway, things around here will be all aflutter tomorrow. And, I'll be at home with Kaitlyn. Our sitter needed to take the day off to take care of a few things, which gave me a wonderful excuse to not have to go into work.

For your convenience, here is a quick recap of the topics covered in today's post:

1. Kaitlyn is doing wonderful on the potty.
2. Obama is coming to town tomorrow.
3. The RV industry needs a boost.
4. I have the day off tomorrow.

Can I get any more random?


Willow Tree said...

Yea for potty training! I'm going to work with my daughter after we get our own place (don't want setbacks!) What worked really well for my boys was rewarding with 1 or 2 M&M's and pullups at bedtime only. I had a few puddles, but not many, from putting them right into big boy undies when they potty trained; they got to pick them out. Have a great day off tomorrow!

Blessings, Carolynn

Sara Luke said...

Ugh for potty training. Diapers are so much easier. I'm sure you're ready, but I'm dreading the day that I have to drop everything to get Jack to a potty. That makes me sound like mother of the year, huh?

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Erin, you never fail to crack me up. Your randomness is awesome. :)

Yay, Kaitlyn! Of course, the bathroom is ALWAYS at the opposite end of the store...always. And those automatic flushing toilets...those still freak Savannah out. Some of them flush while she's still sitting there, and she hates it. :)