Colorful Voices Are The Best

Potty training The Boy is coming along rather, um, well, okay it's not really. But we're trying, so that has to count for something. He's had a few wins and we're grateful for those, but he's had a lot more losses. I won't be discouraged though, because every potty training newbie starts this way.

I took the kids to Burger King for lunch the other day and was brave (or stupid) enough to take Micah in underpants. He did very well while we were there and stayed dry the whole time. We even stayed long enough to have dessert, so it isn't like we rushed out of there in an effort to keep him from having an accident all over the restaurant. But one's luck can't hold out indefinitely so I thought it might behoove me to try to get him to go potty before we loaded into the van. Everything around here is rural, and Burger King is on the most rural end of town - adjacent to a farmer's hay field - so I figured just opening van doors to shield him from the public would be sufficient. Not that The Nudist would mind, but we need to protect the other kids from embarrassment, you know. Micah didn't have to go, but he did try and that was good.

On the way home we stopped at the farmer's market to buy strawberries and lettuce. As we were getting in the van to come home Micah grabbed the front of his pants and gave me a knowing look. Bingo! He needs to go potty! By all means, drop your drawers and go. It was just us there and the Mennonite family were all inside the shed, so nobody saw us

Only he didn't have to go. He was just taught a few minutes before at Burger King that if you're wearing underpants, you have to drop your pants and grab yourself before you can get into the van. Oh, the joys.

And then I had the revelation that he can't tell me when he has to go potty. Taking him into public will be difficult to say the least. At home he's independent enough to just go when he needs to (someday...) but what if we're driving? We've all had that moment when we're on the toll road and the newly trained toddler suddenly has to pee Right. Now. and you're forced to make him hold it until there's a pulloff, praying all the while that there won't be a puddle in the carseat in the meantime. Or maybe that's just our family?

But anyhoo... Micah can't just tell us that he needs to go potty, so Becky suggested that we get an RV just for the purpose of potty training Micah. Yeh, we would be That Family that travels to the grocery store in an RV just to allow their child the independence of going potty when he needs to without having to inform us of the need beforehand.

I thought of an even more practical route: The Green Voice. I'll have to program the front page to say "I have to go potty" to save us all some headaches. Go, Prentke-Romich, making potty training that much easier for nonverbal kids.

14 comments:

utmomof 5 said...

Potty training is such fun :)

Good luck with it all!!

Debbie Yost said...

This is one of the things holding me back on the potty training front. Sure, you can teach her the sign, I guess. Then there's the whole, I'm just not sure I'm ready to start it yet!

Karen Deborah said...

that's what I'm talking about Karen! Program that box yahooooooo! the boy is learnin grabbin his parts is a sure sign! Your gonna make it! All the kids will be so happy come summer and the pool will be oh so much more enjoyable....

how are the puppies doing?

Brandie said...

Using the voice is a great idea. I'm married to a truck driver and I have to admit my first thought was to just give him an empty pop bottle for car rides. Gross, I know.

Trannyhead said...

Sadly, I'm with Brandie and immediately thought to give the kid an empty jug for pee on the road.

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

I am potty training my boy today and I could have put his face on Micah's picture. Right down to the exact same grunders!!! Maybe its an omen that we will both have good luck.

Krista said...

An RV would be fun - just for potty training of course. And camping in style.

Colleen said...

At least he's trying when you prompt him...I call that totally making progress!!!

As it stands, I just ordered a Melissa & Doug magnetic rewards board and one of the "goals" is to "remain dry"...which we'll use to help encourage Gavin to stay dry at night. And we're still working on wiping better. Potty training just seems it will always be a long-drawn out journey.

Flea said...

Sweet idea, especially if you're in a WalMart or something, but I'm liking the bottle on the road. :)

BeautifulWreck said...

I am about to potty train my last child. Thank you Jesus! I've not done too well with the other kids. I wish you lots of luck.

ModernMom said...

Potty training is so hard! Thank goodness you are starting at the same time as the nice weather. Best of like to both of you:)

the planet of janet said...

i love the quarter slot :-P

The Sports Mama said...

Becky and Jock would get along so stinkin' well....

AZ Chapman said...

why not have him do something or do the sign for tolet y might also be able to train him by the hour