Linking up with This Ain't the Lyceum for 7 Quick Takes.
Yeah, I know I said I was going to talk more about our Texas travels today, but I had the *brilliant* idea to potty train my 2 year old once we got back from this trip and now I really need to talk about why potty training is the WORST.
It's Not Intuitive
Nearly every milestone of sorts in these early years involve working with some sort of instinct. Barring some other issue, the kid is pre-programmed to walk, crawl, hop at some point. Pee in a potty? Not a given.
So Many Steps!
Have you thought about how complicated it actually is to use a toilet? How to sit and not fall in, how to wipe, how to flush, how to pull down your own pants...so many things to express to a toddler!
Clothing Becomes the Enemy
Deciding to potty train in winter was a stupid plan. Stupid plan, past Kirby!
Now I have to figure out how to keep her warm enough AND simple enough clothing to make for easy removal.
Overthinking, overthinking everything!
How much water should she have? Is using a pull up going to make it easier or just prolong it? When do we give up and try again later?
It's my blackhole of parenting thoughts.
To night train now or wait until a mythical "later"?
Part of me thinks it's easier to do it all in one go, but I also suspect this kid sleeps like a rock and just wouldn't care to get up.
She's a teenager in a two year old body.
Being. Stuck. In. The. House.
Hands down the worst part. You see, we live in a little 2 bedroom apartment. Leaving is not just a goal to have or a nice thing to do, it's a mental health necessity. When we get outside, even for just 30 minutes, everyone is in a better mood, eats better, naps better - it's a good thing.
Not leaving is ok for a day, maybe two, but by day three everyone is getting less cooperative.
This is why I'll probably never do a three days or bust potty training thing. I've only got two days at a time in me!
I actually don't mind diapers
Yes we cloth diaper, but we have a diaper service to help with the washing and it really doesn't slow me down to change diapers. I think if I hated diapers more it would be far more of an incentive for me to suck it up through potty training.
She WILL eventually train, because they (generally) do, but I hate the process.
With a passion.
I'll probably never write a post about how to potty train and how easy it is, because it's not, but if you're also walking through the fire of potty training I'll have some coffee and a glass of whatever you're having. Unless it's vodka. Then no.
Got some awesome potty training tips? I'm all ears! Just not the three days or bust thing (because, see above.)