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Animal Crackers Reluctant Mother Style

Animal crackersYou remember about the time Mac turned one, we noticed he seemed to have some interest in the potty?

So we purchased him a potty seat.

We used it sporadically with some success.

But a few months later, he seemed to lose interest entirely.

I figured since he was so young, I wouldn’t force the issue.  But I did remind him regularly about the potty and its intended use.  We kept it handy and always praised him lavishly for just sitting on it of his own volition – even if he was just reading a book or playing with a toy.

He’s 19 months now and still doesn’t seem too interested and admittedly, I’m not really being consistent or forcing the issue.  He’ll figure things out soon enough.

Although, I’d LOVE to ditch our diapers.

Anyway, last evening I think something might have clicked for the little guy.

Of course, it wasn’t exactly the magical sort of moment I envisioned. . .

We were out chasing rare birds all day yesterday.  When we got home, we decided to get the bath addressed early while I got prepared dinner.

Chris went upstairs to get the bath ready and I took off all of Mac’s clothes while I started dinner reasoning why put on another diaper for just 10 or 15 minutes?

Mac in all his naked glory decided it would be great fun to jump all over the LeapPad lap top toy his Grandparents gifted him for Christmas.

I sat down and attempted to play with him explaining to him he why he shouldn’t stand on the LeapPad, but he just kept giving me this naughty grin and jumping on it.

Finally, I took the thing away and placed it on the kitchen counter.  I resumed playing with some cars and stuff hoping to thwart a tantrum.

While a tantrum never materialized, he kept going back to the counter and gesturing and mumbling something that began with “C” in a bit of an agitated fashion.

I assumed he was demanding the “Computer.”   But after a few more “C” mumbles, it finally dawned on my incompetent parenting ass, that perhaps what he was saying was “Cracker” since we keep a jar of animal crackers on that counter.

Poor kid was hungry!

So I gave him some animal crackers in a little plastic dish.  He placed it in the middle of the kitchen floor.  He seemed pleased.

I was pleased too.

I resumed fixing dinner, smiling to myself as I washed some lettuce.  Oh look at me, I’m not such a bad parent.  Mac is such a good boy.  He was so wonderful in the car all day.  He was sooo good at lunch.  He said “Great Gray Owl” for the first time today!   Look how effectively I handled his misbehavior with the LeapPad.  AND I was able to address his need for a snack.  We’re all going to be just fine, thanks to me and my not too shabby mothering skills!

Then I turned around. . .

There in the middle of the kitchen, stood my darling son, pissing all over his animal crackers!

I’ll give him credit though, his aim was dead on. . .

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  1. richardmax22 says:

    Hey, my stepson was at a Lowe’s store with his father, and after telling his father several times he had to use the bathroom, the father suddenly looked around, and much to his horror saw his son sitting on a display toilet taking a dump. He grabbed his son and immediately departed. I would have loved to have seen the reaction of the employee who found the scene.

  2. Kim says:

    Hahaha! I love it! You have to start throwing them in the toilet for aiming purposes. Poor kid just wanted a challenge!

    • Deni Lyn says:

      Oh he’s a challenge all right!! I wonder what would happen if I did place them in the toilet? He’d probably ignore them and I’d just end up needing your plunger! Ha.

  3. Laughing, laughing, laughing…

    • Deni Lyn says:

      There’s NEVER a dull moment around here. Although, it looks like things are pretty wild, fun at your place too based on your New Year’s Eve party post!

  4. shortiibbz says:

    im in the potty training phase too …. little boys are aparently harder and hes peed on everything so far ! hes two in march and till hasnt got the hang off it im trying big boy pants as he notices when hes wet and gets annoyed i heard this helps speed things up =D

    • Deni Lyn says:

      I’ve heard the same about “feeling wet.” Mac wears cloth diapers so I’m sure he’s aware when he’s wet. My favorite trick is when I ask him if he’s tinkling or pooping and he answers “yes.” So why didn’t you ask to sit on the potty crazy kid? Ha. Good luck with the toilet training. And if you happen upon a good tip, please let me know! 🙂