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    The Potty fake-out

    February 28th, 2011

    Our streaking saga continues…

    G has figured out a way to trick us into getting him naked: he asks to go potty. So I’ll put out there that long gone are the days I wished for a potty trained child. I was hopeful we could work on it before he turned 2. Now, not so much, so I’m not rushing him by ANY means. However, as of last week he’s asked to go potty. While I don’t think he’s ready, I can’t deny him the opportunity to go, so I fall for it. Every time.

    Why fall for it?

    Because asking for potty time, is G’s personal interpretation of the “If you give a mouse a cookie” book. It goes something like this:

    If you trust G that he has to go potty, you’ll go to the bathroom with him.
    When he sits on the potty he’ll ask you to take off his pants so they’re not in the way.
    When you take off his pants, he’ll get off the potty and run out the door.
    Fearing the territorial marking you can be in store for (if he really DOES have to potty), you chase after him.
    As you run after him, he’ll cackle with glee over his new-found freedom.
    Finally you’ll catch him and wrestle him into a diaper
    And chances are
    If you put a diaper on him, he’ll ask to go potty.

    So yeah, if you’re ever baby-sitting at our house, if G asks to go potty, hope you have your running shoes on.

    Why toddlers need PJs at night

    February 23rd, 2011

    G taught us this morning why it’s important for toddlers to wear pajamas at night. In short, it keeps their beds dry. Let me tell you how we got from “no PJs” to “weee!”

    Step 1: Have your toddler outgrow their jammies. G (until yesterday) has still been in 18m footed sleepers. However, he started complaining about them feeling a little tight, so I pulled out the 2Ts.

    Step 2: Have your toddler complain about the new jammies being too big… and take them off all on his own.

    Step 3: Allow your toddler to go to sleep w/o any jammies. I thought that this could be a good lesson for him. No jammies = cold evening. I was fully prepared to go and dress him in the middle of the night. Little did I know his IKEA bedding would not only keep him warm, but get him hot enough? to inspire him to go commando.

    Step 4: Go to sleep, where unknownst to you…

    Step 5: … have toddler remove his diaper in the middle of the night and…

    Step 6: … pee all.night.long. [cue cheesy Lionel Richie music] All night. All night lo-ong.

    I came back into our bedroom this morning after nursing S2 to get myself dressed. I spotted S in bed and said “Babe, it’s time to get up, it’s almost 7.” S only responded “I have a naked boy in bed with me right now.” While I was in the nursery, G had woken up and went to our bedroom. I wasn’t too shocked to hear that he had cuddled up with S. However, I just thought S meant that “naked” = down to the diaper since that’s what G calls it. Nope. Naked naked. Birthday suit naked.

    This child loooves to run naked. It’s his favorite past-time around bath-time. I swear, come his teenage years, we will be the parents that are called when a wily teenager decides to streak the school cafeteria. Sigh.

    So… one guess as to who’s doing laundry today.