You Know You’re a Mom When…


You know you’re a Mom of a potty training toddler when:

  • You step in something wet, decide to forego investigation, and simply reach for the clorox as a sort of preemptive strike.
  • It is normal to hear someone shout: “Mom! I peed on the floor!”
  • You run out of clorox faster than you run out of toilet paper.
  • You almost had an accident yourself when you had to detach all potty accessories before using the toilet.
  • Every morning you wake up saying to yourself: “Diaper or underwear?  Do I wanna risk it today?”
  • You dread going in public places. Potty talk + recent discoveries of independence + sudden awareness of self = outspoken toddler.
  • Your bathtub receives more use than your toilet.
  • You’ve become an expert at cleaning shoes.  Inside AND out.
  • Your child changes clothing faster, and more often, than most teenagers swap boyfriends.
  • Your laundry pile is 8 miles high and requires IMMEDIATE attention. In fact, you often can’t keep up with the demand!
  • You often leave the house with your potty training child, only to discover later (in the most embarrassing way, of course) that said toddler has been bare bottomed the whole time.  By her choice.
  • You look forward to the diaper at bedtime. Life is suddenly easier for the next 8 hours.

Yeah.  I’m potty training a toddler, and I do think this is TOPish on the list of things I dislike.  Strongly. Only thing higher?  The stench of fresh clorox, even though it totally beats the alternative fragrance…

About measureofagift

I am a mother of a growing group of sweet kids. We laugh, we cry, and we grow together in Christ. Every day is a new adventure. I love chocolate, sticky kisses, quirky smiles, and funny qoutables my kids come up with. :) Belly giggles, snuggling, and homeschooling round out the list of loves. Not every day is easy, but every day IS a beautiful gift. Our life as a family is slowly changing and growing as a result of a renewed interest in God's Word. His influence has been a slow process of sanctification, and this blog is evidence of it. Past posts, and current posts have changed in tone and goal, and are a testimony of all that has changed in our lives. <3 "Now, All glory to God who is able through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we could ask or think." Eph 3:20

4 responses »

  1. you’re forgetting to mention the sheer man-hours spent in the bathroom. begging. asking. coaching. encouraging them to try to potty. only for them to get up, go somewhere else in the house and have an accident. very little tries our patience more as mothers, eh?

    • AMEN! I’ve even tried playing Dora on my laptop and placing it in the bathroom. She sat there for AN HOUR. Promptly got up, and peed on the CARPETED floor right outside of the bathroom. *facepalm* I wish teaching potty training by osmosis is possible!

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