Thursday, September 29, 2011

Be free.

There is a whole lot of potty training going on in this joint.
Sigh... It is not my favorite.  At all.  I can hardly complain, considering that my mom did the majority of the hard work when the girls stayed with my parents this weekend.
But still I do not like it.  A lot a lot a lot.
I am paying her successes in candy corn.  It was candy corn pumpkins, but I was so stressed out with the whole deal that I ended up eating them.

But I want to leave you with a little tip that I wished that I knew two kids ago.
Buy more underpairs (what my kids call underwear, and I can't bear to correct them) than you could possibly imagine needing.
Because you do not get paid enough to wash accidents of the number two variety.
Not enough at all.
The trash can is your friend, my friends.
I am a advocate of frugality, hand-me-downs, and I am a fan of the earth.
But sometimes you just need to break your own rules.
Because seriously, you don't get paid enough.

42 comments:

  1. Oh do I feel your pain! We are in potty-training mode with our 2nd. We did cloth diapers, so are more used to dealing with poop issues. But I agree, more underoos are always needed. Wishing you lots of poo-free luck with training!

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  2. word.
    couldn't agree more sista!

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  3. Haha! Thanks Julie, you just made me laugh my head off!! Good luck with the wee one!! x

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  4. Ooh, thanks for the tip! You are so right. I am a new to potty training but my daughter (who is 23mo and not at ALL bothered by a dirty diaper) seems interested and has been cooperating with the tentative experiments so far this week. I thought I had a little longer! Guess we'll be buying some big-girl panties this weekend. Any tips on doing this with a 3mo in the house?? :)

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  5. I totally agree! I used to gross out about people buying second hand underwear at our church childrens consignment sale. But then I potty trained a child and totally got it. I had no trouble buying used panties (and bleaching them of course) because I knew half of them would end up in the trash!! Good luck with that. :)

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  6. we are on the same boat. Thinking of having a potty party this weekend. Lots of water, underwear, potty sitting and hopefully m&m's. Mine says its "too hard". Rather frustrating.

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  7. We said a sad goodbye to the beloved Wall-E unders today. Hoping it will making a lasting impression! OR he will have to move in with my mom (and kid potty trainer) for awhile!

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  8. While we're totally past this topic in our home, Im all about candy corn, especially the pumpkins. Bring em on!
    And good luck with the P.Training. One of my most favorite pics of my oldest daughter is when she was potty training. She was sitting on her potty, binkie in her mouth, strawberry shortcake sippy cup sitting next to her on the floor and reading a book. Priceless.
    And remember, this too shall pass.
    xo

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  9. Preach it mama! I threw so many pairs of undies away because a. I'm not putting that in my washing machine and b. ok, there's just an a!

    So gross. :)

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  10. Haha, that's great, thanks for the tip! I have a 2 & a half year old boy that loves to eat but still has a ways to go before he's potty trained (I've just been putting it off/dreading it)...I have a feeling your tip will come in handy though.

    Good luck with your little one getting trained, I know it's extra challenging when you have a newborn in your arms most of the time while you're trying to help the other one. :)

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  11. I cannot relate to the child potty training, but today I have been cleaning up messes from both ends of my dog - am researching the best deal for a Bissell Spot Bot at this very moment - today I WISH he wore underpairs... :)

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  12. My 3 year old niece is having some "reverting" problems. She was at the other aunt and uncle's house one day and did her business while standing out in the sandbox. My SIL had one of her big kids bring her some scissors, and she cut the panties off! My niece's first words to her mom were, "Aunt Christi cut my panties off!" Fast forward a few weeks. Nieces are at our house, and within 30 minutes of arrival, I could smell someone. Guess who? So what did this mama of 4 now-potty trained kids do? I pulled an Aunt Christi, of course! You have the right idea. Life is too short to clean that stuff out of undies!

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  13. AMEN!
    PREACH IT!
    CAN I GET A WITNESS?!
    and
    HEAR YE! HEAR YE!
    Love from,
    Greta

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  14. hahahah this is so true!! I have fully taken advantage of the toss it in the trash rule!! I'm so not looking forward to potty training my son. Can your Mom do it for me? hehe

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  15. two words: potty fairy.
    and a few more... brainwashing works magic. If you want the deets, let me know. Not to brag but Gracie, my third, was in undies full time by 26 months. Literally last July I said goodbye to diapers forever, all because of the big PF and the fact that I've had nothing else to do with my life the past seven years than become the best potty trainer in the Universe.

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  16. Seriously. We're potty training right now, too, and have fortunately avoided "the situation" so far, but have bags of extras on hand. When I was a preschool teacher, we threw away many many pairs of "unders" ...and I remember one mom asking me to save them in a bag for her because she was "really good with a stain stick." It still haunts me.

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  17. yes mam... and the husband can't complain, cause he doesn't clean out that nasty #2 either!!!

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  18. omg, you just made me spit my drink... couldn't agree with you more! and i love love love love the new family photos. oh so precious, as always!!

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  19. that is so true.
    also....sippy cups with black mold growing in them from being lost under a bed or a car seat too long. throw it away!

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  20. I totally agree. I just throw those bad boys away. My mom and mother in law were horrified to hear me say that, but I just can't do it.

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  21. I've often been guilty of tossing the accidents of number 2's also. So gross!

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  22. That's how I knew I could never do cloth diapers - I throw poopy underwear in the trash too!

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  23. yes. and make sure its the character kind too! because seeing curious george covered in.....yucky stuff is heartbreaking...the good kind...the kind that hopefully inspires tiny hearts to NOT GO IN THIER PANTS. hopefully.

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  24. A to the MEN.

    And one of my little guys
    was so horrified
    when some of his Thomas the Train
    underpairs :) were in the trash,
    he was motivated to
    not let it happen again.
    {of course my other couldn't
    care less.}

    Good luck.
    Buy those candy corn in bulk, sista.

    ~Keri

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  25. absolutely!!! One night a few weeks ago my youngest son threw up..all over the hallway. I had a small scatter rug that was covered. I picked it up and threw it in the trash bag, the entire time saying "I do not get paid enough..." LOL Good luck with the potty training. SO thankful that part of my life is over....

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  26. needed this - and the belly laugh to go along with it - thanks so much! we embark on this with my 2nd next week!

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  27. Love that you ate the pumpkins!! Totally made me laugh!

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  28. Oh my goodness, you are speaking my language. I've thrown away cute cute CUTE panties because I just don't wanna clean out that poop. :)

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  29. Good for you and good luck. Especially with a tiny one, you do what you gotta do!

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  30. THANK YOU for this post!! I hate potty training. Yes hate it! The trash can is definitely my friend! ;)

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  31. Seriously. You are so right! My husband used to get mad at me for throwing them away until I told him he could clean it. His attitude changed reeeeal quickly. :)

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  32. AMEN!!! AMEN!! AMEN!!! It is one thing to toss wet ones in the wash but poo is a whole seperate deal! A pair of undies is NOT worth the effort!

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  33. I just love to read your blog everyday b/c you always make me laugh. I have a 5 year-old (third child) that STILL has #2 issues... still throwing away underpairs...

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  34. hahahaha! yes, and yes! And I agree with Meg on the sippy cup part too! :)

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  35. I consider it very effective cleaning to throw them out. Quick and easy ... sure there's a price for new ones, but sanity is worth more than a couple dollars. :) Hope training is quick and easy too.

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  36. I LOVE THIS!! Doing the same thing here and I gotta admit that your idea is fantastic. After the first "cleaning poop out of underwear incident" I proclaimed "she doesn't get underwear until she poops first!". Sortof defeats the whole purpose of potty training I know, but seriosuly ... it's a terrible job. Pretty sure you can find underwear cheaper than pullups. Thanks for the tip! Happy potty training. :)

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  37. Such a good tip. Holding on to that for when we get there.

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  38. In the throngs of potty training now and just when I announced it was done--she had an accident yesterday. My tip? If they say they have to go--take them. Even if they don't it saves you from that time when they do. I use candy corn too: )

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  39. I washed child number ones "number 2" panties, then when it came to child number 2, well we went and got news ones. I am in complete agreement!

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