My youngest daughter is turning 3 in September, and she is not yet potty trained. This is certainly not the end of the world, but it is a far departure from what I originally “planned”.
Like her older sister, she began showing interest in the potty right after she turned two. Without even realizing it, I had mapped out the same timeline in my head that I used for her big sissy. It seemed like we were heading in that direction too, until Lily suddenly lost interest.
At this point in time my initial inclination was to get frustrated and annoyed (I’m being honest). I wanted to get this milestone behind me, and according to the members of the “they society”, they all said it would be a simpler process being that she was my second child and a girl. *Please DO note the sarcasm* haha.
But no sooner than I felt the urge to get bothered, I decided to let it go. I knew it would happen when it happened and here are my three reasons why that’s not a bad thing at all!
1. POTTY TRAINING BROUGHT OUT THE WORST IN ME
When I potty-trained my oldest who is now 5 years old, I was the most impatient and crazy mama!! I didn’t have that whole soft-spoken “It’s okay that you’ve pooped in your underwear because you didn’t want to stop playing and you’re learning and it’s a process.” voice. Nope. Not me! I had the “Have you lost your mind and now I have to clean up your nastiness AGAIN?!!!” roar instead.
I.WAS. A. MESS. And the worst part is that my poor child saw such an ugly side of me and I often forgot that she was just that. A child.
I certainly hope and pray that I’ve sincerely learned from that experience and will exercise more patience and a better perspective the second time around, but I’m in not in any rush to find out!!!
2. I CAN STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SAVING ON OUR FAVORITE BRAND AT SAM’S CLUB
I know that many people are ready to get their little ones out of diapers because of the cost, but as I attempt my new, relaxed approach, I didn’t want this factor to make me feel that pressure. The great news is that we can get our Huggies from Sam’s Club, and still be economical!
If you’re all about convenience, you can also see if your local Sam’s Club offers Club pick-up or Scan & Go!! Talk about this mama’s dream! Hahaha!
These savings, and the convenience of the family-friendly environment at Sam’s Club, go a long way.
3. I’M NOT READY FOR MY LITTLE BUNDLE OF JOY TO GROW UP
Lily is my youngest, and while, Lord-willing, she won’t be my last, I find myself wanting to savor every moment with her so much more. I blinked and she started walking. I yawned (from sleep deprivation of course), and she started talking. And when I call her my baby she gets a little attitude as she says “I’m not a baby, I’m a girl!!” 🙂
Maybe it’s because she’s my second born or because this time the “they society” is right.
But when they say babies don’t keep, I feel it, I know it , and I’m not quite ready to let that go…
What is your potty training method?
No matter where you are or if your baby is cooing, crawling, running or jumping, hug them tight, love them well and cherish your little bundles of joy!!