Don’t go getting all bawdy on me.
It’s not what you think.
I actually sorta wish it were.
Because instead of this…
We are over here stuck in the throws of potty training Hell and I don’t have time for comedy or crassness (who am I kidding, there is ALWAYS time for a little crass?!).
For the duration of this urine-soaked-feces-stained adventure, we will be referring to #3 as Baby P.I.M.P not because of his well developed backhanding abilities, or his commitment to outlandish hats.
In this case P.I.M.P does not refer to an agent for prostitutes who lives off their earnings (you know, I love Wikipedia, I really do).
In our house P.I.M.P refers to Party In My Pants, instead of in the potty as it should be.
Because in the last week Baby P.I.M.P has peed in every room on the first level of my home and at least 50% of the upstairs area as well.
Additionally, he has dropped a turd (well, technically I dropped it as I sprinted to the bathroom with him in my arms, butt exposed to the world) in my basement and in my kitchen, or my hallway, or…
Not really sure exactly where the second one was produced, but it fell out of his pants leg (and rolled into a corner) somewhere between the kitchen and the bathroom.*
Point is at the moment I am feeling both exhausted and filthy.
My house smells like the subway and I’m sick to death of chasing naked Baby P.I.M.P all over the place to prevent a spot marking incident.
At the moment the only positive is that there is hope that I will soon be saying buh-bye to diapers.
As you may know I am/was a part-time cloth diapering mama.
I use the things when I’m home (Dumb Dad categorically refused to use the things claiming they are well beyond his scope of parenting).
I can’t claim to be a staunch naturalist in this (or any) regard, but I would scream their praises from the rooftops (if I had a stable rooftop to climb upon and a rapt audience at my disposal).
They are awesome for all of the reasons people say they are…less diaper rash, easier on the wallet, better for the environment, not really as hard as they used to be, so stinking cute it’s ridiculous.
But, there was one little element that I hadn’t prepared for…they stink!
Like for reals.
#3 is actually The Baby Previously Known as Bus Station Booty, because I swear those things were as nasty smelling as a homeless-man-inhabited bus station stairwell.
So Dumb Dad started calling him Bus Station Booty.
I know it probably had a lot to do with my under performance in the cloth diaper cleaning department, but I swear I tried.
I sprayed them down with the hose after every soiling, I let them soak in a bucket of bacteria friendly water, I washed them twice in our high powered washing machine, on the sanitizing cycle, I hung them outside to dry, hoping the fresh air would seal out the ugly.
So, I’m happy to send them on the road and graduate him to chonies.**
Because we are also part-time pull-up avoiders.
We use them when we are not home.
Otherwise we don’t.
Which is why my entire house has been touched by bodily waste.
Because I can’t always catch him.
Sometimes I am tied up
talking on the phone checking my email stuffing my face while I hide in the garage cooking dinner.
And then he creeps off to a secret location and unleashes the dragon.
Even though he got this shiny wonder of potty training awesomeness***…
Yep, it’s a Baby Bjorn Smart Potty (which I think means it is guaranteed to lead to potty training success, right?).
But, Mr. I’ll-pee-where-I-want-and-you-can’t-stop-me still acts all put out about doing his naughty on the potty…
I mean, I don’t get it, it looks comfy enough (I considered trying it for the sake of doing a full review, but figured I’d probably shatter it).
I can attest that it has a removable potty-catching part (which is way awesome) that is easy to use (kids around here earn their keep, man, no free rides!)…
And, you can use it for tons of other stuff cool stuff too…
Point is you’d think he’d be happier about making deposits.
But he’s not.
So. I’ve decided to regroup.
Take a different approach and get everyone (and by everyone I pretty much just mean P.I.M.P) on the same peeing-on-the-floor-is-evil page.
A list, perhaps?
Personally, I always make them when trying to decide on the best course of action (and when Mama Kat tells me to!).
So, Baby P.I.M.P.
To convince you…
10 Reasons Giving Up Diapers Will Make You More Awesome
1. Buh-bye bus station booty.
2. No need to hold still for diaper changes (not that you ever did this anyway).
3. Diarrhea up your back will end forever (to be replaced by diarrhea down your leg, but still).
4. You can play in the
potty bathroom with your brothers.
5. You can participate in the unsanctioned activities as described above in #4 and get in trouble just like they do. That will make you a bad a$%. Girls like that.
6. You will no longer have to sneak off to do your business (no more crouching behind the couch and batting at me like an injured raccoon).
7. You can get cool character chonies like Bruver and Wee (#3’s nickname for #2).
8. You can dress yourself like you want (seriously, I don’t care if you wear snow boots and board shorts everyday for the rest of your life just PEE. IN. THE. POTTY!).
9. I’ll give you candy (and other stuff) with the extra cash we save on diapers and wipes and pee-in-your-pants paraphernalia.
10. I’ll like you better.
Doesn’t this sound like a better way to live?
Happier? Healthier? Hotter?
You can’t be hot in a foul smelling cloth diaper with diarrhea up you back.
This is HOT!
Or, at least it will be once we work out the particulars.
So stop acting all hostile when I ask you if you need to use the potty.
Stop lurking around behind the couch and in the pantry.
No more lying about if you went (the neighbors can smell it so, really, why bother?).
I know you don’t want to be potty trained.
But I’m telling you it’s for the best.
It may not feel like it now, but when you’re successfully wearing big boy pants at school like all of the other kids you’ll be glad we did this.
And yes, you can THANK ME LATER!
Link is down there. Hook it up.
*Blessing in disguise is that his turds are like little rocks because he’s constipated himself by holding it in so long. He is strangely freaked out about dropping the kids off at the pool, but as long as he’s wearing underwear he refuses to let loose in those either. So, he holds it, for as long as he physically can, at which point his sphincter gives out and a turd tumbles free. It’s a little bit sad actually.
**Chonies- Mexican for underwear:)
***It was free because I’m a super cool Baby Bjorn Believer which basically means I love them and they love me right back. Ours is red though so it’s even more snazzy and gorgeous. You are welcome to choose from any of the other colors they have:)