Undoing What's Been Done

Once you allow a boy to become a redneck, there is no turning back. It's a sad, sad thing.

That whole peeing on the front porch thing? Yeh. The boy is still doing it. It's not that we just sit back and allow it. Nor do we encourage it with giggles and head wags. Much to the contrary, we'll tell him that he needs to get to a potty. We don't pee on the porch. We say this every single time that we catch him. Mind you, he started this because of my allowing him to relieve himself out the back door, but it didn't help that the downstairs toilet was out of commission.

But last week, Sam installed the toilet. We have a fully functioning powder room downstairs again. Right by the front door, too. So now it's even worse than bad when Micah opens the front door to flash the world.

Sam came downstairs to find Micah standing at the front door with his pants down around his ankles the other day, so he did what any caring parent would do. He told Micah to get himself into the restroom. The boy did. He shuffled away from the door, across the hall, and into the bathroom with his pants around his ankles.

We're very thrilled that the boy is keeping his underpants dry (5 weeks!) but maybe he can work at keeping the front porch that way as well. Small steps. Small steps.

I'm also thrilled that he didn't pull a Diary of a Wimpy Kid move and hose down the front hall. That could have been ugly in many ways.

(And also? FIVE WEEKS. This is it, people. THIS IS IT. He refuses to wear a diaper through the daytime even for all-day field trips that involve long bus rides and unknown restrooms locations. You can probably hear me grinning. Peeing on the front porch is a very small price to pay for that huge step of independence. I'm gladly accepting it.)

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Awwww, yay Micah. Five weeks rocks! If only you could electrify the front porch (gently). Orrrrr maybe not.

Flea said...

Oh good job! And I was cringing, thinking he'd hosed the hall. Thank you for clarifying.

Mia said...

My Boy Child used to pee off the back deck or behind a giant oak tree we had in our old backyard. I never knew he was doing it until my neighbor called me laughing hysterically that she could see him shooting his pee off the deck into the woods.

Debbie @ Three Weddings said...

Doing the happy dance for you here in Kansas!

Lisa Page Rosenberg said...

That's fantastic... and yet... peeing on the porch does sound more fun and, you know, outdoorsy.

Love that photo.

Karen said...

Lisa - Apparently Micah thinks peeing off the front porch is fun, too. Funny though, the outdoorsy part of our place is at the BACK door.

Karen Deborah said...

how about installing a urinal? you know a boys only potty. Sounds like Dad can handle it pretty good.

caramama said...

Five weeks! That is sooooo awesome! Who cares about a little pee on the porch? Okay, I would care too.

Michelle said...

whooo hoooo! such great news!! Sounds like he's got it!

Brandie said...

How nice to be leaving diapers behind! When you figure out how to stop him from peeing off the porch, let me know the secret. My husband has a habit of walking outside to relieve himself. As do all of his friends. I guess its easier on the septic system, right?