Driving Me Crazy, Literally

I used to think that I had experienced "literal" children. Afterall, my boys are gifted with the "literal gene" courtesy of my husband.

But ... Cassie is an adventure unto herself. The latest is potty-training. My husband has promised to buy her a digital camera like he bought the boys (the promise of which potty-trained them almost instantly). His criteria is that poop-n-pee must go in the potty for ten days in a row. Accidents begin the count again at day one.

There have been a few rough days with her. For example, she pooped in her diaper, took the diaper off, tried to dump the messy poop in the potty (there-by completely trashing the hallway and bathroom), because the rule was "poop goes in the potty". We hadn't clarified "poop goes ONLY in the potty"

Cassie gets this odd squinty-eyed look when she's planning. I ought to see it coming, but sometimes I'm just too busy with everything to stop and think "hmmm, interesting look, I should be watching her like a hawk".

I put her in pull-ups last night and tucked her in. We talked about how it was important to pee in the potty, that pull-ups must NOT be wet because they were like panties. (She's looking forward to getting panties).

A few mintues later, I went back into her room to get a book and something was ... not ... quite ... right ...

She had taken off her pull-up and laid it on her nightstand, so that it would be dry in the morning! Her plan was to sleep protectionless on her sheets, because I hadn't said the sheets needed to be dry ... only the pull-ups had to be dry.

At least she had a plan. Its important children learn the importance of planning :)


oh you are in trouble with that one. What a brain!

Earth Girl | 02/25/2005 - 01:12 AM

I have one like that. My condolences. My one hope is that someday, she will be some lucky man's problem to deal with. I've informed dh that he must make sure that her intended has a CLUE what he is getting in to!!

Leni | 02/25/2005 - 04:32 PM


Something we've found motivational is the "Happy Potty Dance."

For example,

Cassie went wee-wee in the pot-ty! Wooooo!

Dance around like the Hokey-Pokey while you sing. The Wooo! must be accompanied by a leg kick. *grin*

Btw, I've visited your blog before, but I think this is the first time I've commented. . .

TulipGirl | 02/26/2005 - 10:49 AM

LOL! I'm perfectly willing to be doing the "Happy Potty Dance" if it'll help.

However, I will NOT be posting pictures!

Lucy | 02/27/2005 - 01:54 AM
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