August 23, 2007

Inquiring Minds Want To Know

On Day 2 of sick toddlers, Daddy had to use the bathroom.

In order to distract them while Daddy took care of business, he turned on the TV and dialed it into Little Einsteins. Usually this is like crack for them and they will watch those four little music-playing smart kids until the cows come home.

Not today.

No, watching Daddy sit on the throne was much more interesting. So, in we all went to our little downstairs bathroom.

As I sat down, I felt the need to talk them through the proper sequence.

“First, we lower our pants. Next we sit down. Then we pull out our Sports Illustrated…”

They were fascinated. TheMonk circled around back to see if anything had made its way into the bowl. Feeling a little bit of stage fright, nothing had happened yet.

Meanwhile, Swee’Pea was finding this whole scenario highly amusing but intriguing at the same time. “What’s Daddy doing?” she asked.

“I’m using the Potty, Swee’Pea.” I replied.

“I use potty too.” she said.

“Oh. Okay, Swee’Pea. We’ll let you use the potty later. Okay?” I ask, nervously.

“Okay.” she replied, seeming satisfied with this response.

By this time I had done what I needed to do. TheMonk, still standing behind me, watched as I stood to wipe – his hand on the handle, ready to flush everything down.

“Wait for Daddy to finish, Monk.” I said watching his hand twitching in anticipation.


Okay, so he didn’t wait. I had to finish up, close the lid, raise my pants and then announce that we wash our hands after using the potty. I then reached over and flushed again – much to the glee of TheMonk who has clearly made this part of going to the Potty his favorite.

Finally done, we headed out the door. Everyone satisfied with what had gone down.

How come just when I get used to this parenting thing, they keep changing the rules?


  1. You are such an incredible role model! I think this merits a run through on You Tube.

    Comment by By Jane — August 23, 2007 @ 10:33 am

  2. I have a little award for you…come to my place and pick it up!

    Comment by mp — August 23, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

  3. Such a true story!

    Cara has developed a habit of flushing to toilet while I’m still on it. Tons of fun. ;)

    Comment by Taste Like Crazy — August 23, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

  4. Privacy? What’s that?

    Comment by Deanna — August 24, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

  5. Hee! This is very entertaining story… I am SURE my husband doesn’t envy you :)

    Comment by Hot Librarian — August 24, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

  6. This was the FIRST time they’ve followed you in there to watch intently? At least it was a “learning” experience, eh?

    Comment by Grace — August 24, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

  7. i have experienced ‘witnessed toileting’ with my friend’s young toddler, (who, by the way, remarkably resembles your two cuties). it makes me laugh to think on my future toilet endeavors with my two boy beans,can’t wait for the ‘what’s that?’ question.

    Comment by mamie — August 27, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

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