Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Happy Accident

When we got home from my softball game last night (which we won, by the way - go Leviathan!), it was already well past the kids' normal bed time, so we headed straight to their bedroom to get them in their jammies. If you read my previous blog entry, you know that the Boy loves jammie time, because getting out of his clothes and diaper allows him to run around the house in the buff, shouting "Naked Boy" at the top of his lungs. He has a great time doing this, and often we have some minor difficulty getting him to settle down long enough to get him dressed.

Tonight, however, he only made one quick dash out of the bedroom, and then quickly came back. What happened next was the biggest surprise, though. He lifted the lid on the little portable potty that we have in the kids' bedroom, and sat down on it, like he knew what he was doing. He kept saying, "Pee and poop! Pee and poop!", but we haven't even thought about trying to potty-train him yet, so we just thought he was playing. The Wife and I kept working at getting the Girl and the Baby in their jammies, when I looked over at the Boy, and noticed a strong stream of pee shooting out from his tiddly bits onto the carpet in front of the potty. The commotion that followed was quite a sight, as I tried feverishly, and without too much success, to get a diaper in the line of fire. Luckily, it was just toddler pee, which is pretty much just pure water, so it was easy to clean up.
A teddy bear's portrayal of the accident scene

Neither the wife nor I have ever potty trained a boy before. Seems like the first rule we all need to figure out is how to get him to aim, which seems especially hard to teach when he's sitting down. I have always figured that a handful of Cheerios in the potty would be all we would need, but that will only work when he's standing up. If any parents out there have any good ideas, let us know. In the mean time, we better stock up on carpet cleaner!


  1. I'm really struggling to not comment on the "Cheerios in the potty" line. Someone might read it.

  2. Tim, I want to know what you feel like you can't say. Please let us know. Or, if not, I will try to get it out of you on Sunday.