There are many truly joyful times in a parent's life.
The first time a baby says, "mommy" or gives a kiss.
A good grade or a kind gesture.
Watching siblings play together (right up till the fight.)
I think it is safe to say potty training is NOT one of these joys. I will say for myself it has bever been a huge deal. Of course I have probably forgotten some of the hassle since a little time has passed. Shaye is refreshing my memory.
If I had to pick out some of the joys of potty training in my search for the silver lining they would be
~Going to the bathroom thirty times a day to only witness any results about three times a day. (Obviously some of this list is going to be facetious.)
~Listening to Shaye try to say "panties".
~Having all the laundry clean due to multiple "accident" loads.
~The exercise I get sprinting with a twenty three pound two year old under my arm.
~ Having someone in the bathroom with me to cheer for me when I go successfully.
~Alternatively laughing and getting frustrated when she insists on dressing and undressing herself.
~Hanging out with Shaye alone in the bathroom singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider".
~The amazement that came from realizing Shaye had successfully flushed an entire pair of panties while I was trying to find the wipes! (Who thinks this is going to end in a call to the plumber?)
This marks a first.....a celebratory "THE LAST". I was a bit sad when breast feeding ended. I may have been a bit sad at THE LAST first word, first steps, first birthday. But this last is a relief...THE LAST potty training!! And soon............THE LAST diaper!!
Of course there will be grandkids, but I am certain Ty will listen to me and wait until Shaye is out of the house before he has any. Because I said so. Right?