Mommy Would Rather Change Diapers
When Bear was about 18 months old he began, once in a while, to grab his diaper when he peed. He would tell me "pee!" and even though it was too late he wanted to go into the bathroom and stand on the seat, one fat little foot on each side, while I held him under the arms. He'd stand there, looking down into the bowl, waiting. Then he'd hop down and say, "Diaper on." I have gone along with him when he wanted to stand or sit on the potty, but I have not encouraged it. Last Monday, March 23, age 26.5 months, he actually peed in the potty. Oh, we clapped and smiled and went and told Daddy and Brother about it, but I was thinking: NOOOO!!! Please don't make me do this yet Bear. It is just a giant extra JOB. Not only do you have to constantly, consistently, endlessly work on it, but there's also the fun part where every time you get in the car they "haf ta go potty NOW!" and you're dragging them in and out of every public restroom and saying "DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING!!" more then you ever imagined would possibly be necessary. My other kids potty trained just before age three and just after age three. This was fine because they were very ready, it didn't take long, and neither of them had accidents. Once they decided they wanted to, it was pretty much done. Bear is just two. (Though if you ask him how old he is, he says without hesitation, "EIGHT.") Will he have a year of accident proneness? Cause - ohpleaseno. Even if he is ready and he does train now, well that still stinks. (pun. heh.) Diapers are much less fun once the kid is talking plain English back at you, but chubby baby legs walking around in diaper butt - well, is anything cuter than that?