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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankful: Uncensored

In honor of the holiday, I've been making a mental list of all the things I'm thankful for -- and I thought I should probably write it down so I really remind myself of how lucky I am.

I am grateful that my children are happy and healthy and my husband and I are in love. I am thankful that we can afford our house payment, our heating bill, and our winter coats in this time when so many are struggling. I feel intense gratitude for my good friends, extended family, and colleagues, who look out for me, support me, and help keep me balanced.

And -- I would be lying if I pretended otherwise -- I am perhaps most thankful of all that Daughter has apparently potty trained her little self in three days flat. I am thankful that it's not taking her the six months of daily accidents that it took Son to figure this out. I am intensely grateful that she is so concerned that "we don't go pee pee in our kitty underpants...or poop" that I will apparently not have to make the most unpleasant of calls: do I try to salvage this pair or just throw it in the trash? I am delighted that she is fulfilled by hugs, high fives, and overly-enthusiastic statements of my pride in her, so that we haven't had to bother with sticker charts, promises of toys, or other nonsense to encourage her to sit on the potty. (Although the occasional Swedish fish as a reward hasn't hurt.) I am amazed that after weeks of showing nominal interest and only sporadic success at sitting on the potty, the decision Friday just to switch to underwear all the time (except while sleeping) simply happened. She put on underwear, I set the timer to remind us to check in, and that was that. No fussing. No accidents. No forgetting. Here we are six days later, and she's already telling me pretty reliably when she needs to go BEFORE it happens. She's been at school all day and come home in the same clothes I sent her in. It seems impossible to say this one week in, and yet, it seems my little one might be potty trained.

I know this may seem like a trite thing to be thankful for, but it was such a tremendous, laborious, agonizing (not to mention messy and stinky) affair with Son, that my gratitude for this almost knows no bounds.

This year, it really is true: I am thankful for family, friends, and the luck of my comfortable life.

But I'm super-duper thankful for the little things: their laughter, their crooked letters when they write their names, and the miracle of speedy potty training.

May you and yours have a wonderful, peaceful Thanksgiving.

16 comments:

San Diego Momma said...

Please send some of your daughter's speedy potty training juju my way.

And...
Happy Thanksgiving!

OHmommy said...

Perfect.

I too am so thankful for the little things in life.

And YAY for the potty trained daughter. Happy thanksgiving and thanks for giving us a little of yourself everyday!

Kimmylyn said...

I love this..

And can I say that I would love your daughter to publish a book on how to potty train yourself in three days or less.. it would be most helpful to moms like me ..with a son that is took almost a six months.. ugh

Happy Thanksgiving!!

angie said...

And your friends are very thankful for you. Hugs.

calicobebop said...

God bless her - you must have been so relieved! I'm thankful for your sake! :)

Rachel said...

Awesome! I don't salvage poopy underpants (kitty or not) and we consider swedish fish (or M&Ms or bubble gum) a staple of potty-training at our house! Way to go!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Daisy said...

Potty training really is a pleasure when it goes quickly. Our kiddos give us so much to be thankful for!

LceeL said...

I just wish we had had any inkling, at all, that there was, somewhere in the cosmos, a concept called 'speedy potty training'. Because we had 3, count them, T H R E E, lovely sons whose main purpose in life seemed to be not only to fill their little lives with all types and sorts of poop, but also to explore and discover all of the really creative things that could possibly be done with it.

Tara R. said...

Woohoo potty trained! Fabulous!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Amy said...

i completely understand your thankfulness. i felt like i had been in a war after the months it took to potty train my son. i wouldn't have pushed it, but he couldn't start preschool if he wasn't trained. so i would be thankful if i had a child that did it in that short of time also. :)

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Oh, dear, don't gloat about the potty-training - 6 kids in, I'm still a failure at it.

Amy in StL said...

I've always heard that the girls are easier than the boys. My mom said every girl wants pretty panties and doesn't want them taken away. She also said that the boys just don't care. After all, how many grown men still leave skid marks in their underwear?

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

I'm a firm believer in waiting until the child is ready - they'll let you know. It makes it so much easier! Sometimes parents can't stand the diapers anymore and so push the potty training before the child is ready. I'm hoping my boy will want to start soon. He's already shown some interest but if not I can always wait until summer and let him run naked like my mom did to my brothers. By the end of summer they were trained and most messes were outside.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

And that's a great interview you did over at Scribbit! ☺

Pieces of Me said...

I know exactly what you're saying about gratitude now that my 4 year old now also turned potty trained in three. It's undeniably great to see this wonderful growth.

You took my gratitude right out of my mouth.

Dorit
New Teacher Resource Center
www.newteacherresourcecenter.com

Jaina said...

Speedy potty training is nothing to be laughed at, congrats! I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

Angela at mommy bytes said...

Congrats on the potty training! My daughter was infinitely easier than my son as well. There must be something on that Y chromosome that hampers potty training. Perhaps in hunting you're always on the move so it doesn't matter and in gathering, you might step in it...

 

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