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May 31, 2011

Public Potty Pros!

Well, I wouldn’t exactly call us “pros”, but I do love me some alliteration.

We took our first day trip on Saturday since the Potty-capades began over a month ago. I am so proud to report that we all came home wearing the same pants we left in!

We made our first stop about an hour after we left the house, at a mall where I had one quick errand. Just across the street from the mall is a Krispy Kreme donut shop…the taste of my childhood. We don’t have one in our town, so it’s a huge treat to see that “Hot Now” sign flashing before my eyes.

We picked up a handful of donuts and some milk, and fed the girls a very sinful snack at the mall’s food court. I took care of my errand, and we were ready to be on our way.

If I let myself, I can assume quite the ostrich mentality, preferring to stick my head in the sand and hope if I don’t see any issues, then none will arise. (Others might use the phrase “ignorance is bliss”, but I any time I can think about having sand between my toes, I like to do so.)

I resisted the temptation of that warm sand, took a deep breath, and asked Baby A if she needed to go potty before we left the mall. Wide eyed, she said, “Yes.”

I left Baby B to hang out with Daddy (no way was I offering a diaper change unnecessarily!), and Baby A and I entered the ladies’ room.

I pulled out of my trusty bag a nifty little travel potty seat, similar to the one we have for our upstairs potty. She sat right down and did her business…viola!

And viola! I whipped out a dozen or so baby wipes and proceeded to sanitize the both of us, as well as any and all affected surfaces, as best I could.

Baby A was so taken with the experience, she asked to go again immediately as soon as we walked out of the bathroom. More baby wipes, please!

She later went at the restaurant where we had lunch (not twice, but THREE times), and she went yesterday (twice) at the ice cream shop where we enjoyed a Memorial Day afternoon treat.

The back-and-forth is well familiar to me, as it is very similar to what we went through those first few days of using the potty at home. I’m taking deep breaths, recognizing that she’s just enjoying the new experience…and in the meantime I’ve stocked up on lots of travel wipes.

All in a day's work!

14 comments:

Andrea said...

OMG, Mandy..that is so wonderful!! I am so happy for you you all!! Yay!!

Beth said...

Great job! The excitement will wear off and you will have a child who is completely potty-trained-- even on the road!! Awesome.

Beth said...

Woohoo!! Somehow my Google account worked itself out. I can leave comments!!

Johanna said...

The hardest part of being a parent of toddlers... under your belt! I'm so anal too. Hooray for clorox travel wipes and potty covers! :)

Mandy said...

I can only hope my girls are half as excited to use the potty! I may never get a hot meal in public again, not that I've had one in the last two years, but they'll be potty trained and I can pass over some personal responsibilities!!

So glad things are going smoothly!

Mandy said...

And this is the same potty I just ordered! I suddenly feel UBER confident!

Holly Ann said...

That's awesome!! Yay for your little girl! Today wasn't as good as yesterday for Ace, but I'm still keeping up hope. :)

Christina said...

Great job to you both. =) I'm so glad to hear it's going well for you guys!!

Jen said...

My now 3 year old started potty training in October (at 2 1/2 years old) and she STILL says she has to go to the bathroom every time she sees a public bathroom, lol. Luckily now I can usually judge on if she *really has to go or not.

Olusola said...

Good for you girl! I've been practicing my "play is good" mantra and now I'm putting that travel potty on my wishlist

Amanda said...

My girls love to hit every public restroom imagineable now that they are (somewhat) trained too! I have visited more restrooms than I care to remember in the past few weeks...

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

This is amazing...you may be getting me over my fear of potty training (which I did NOT do over Memorial Day weekend b/c they're just not ready).

reanbean said...

Go you! We went through the same thing once Tiny realized that there are bathrooms in public places. It seemed like every time we walked into someplace new, she would announce, "I have to go potty." I can't remember how long it lasted, but thankfully not forever. (I would have needed to start buying stock in wipes!)

A few weekends ago we had our first potty situation where the was no potty available. I usually have the travel potty in the minivan, but I'd taken the bag I keep it in out to change out the clothes (exchanging the fall/winter for spring/summer attire). So, we had our first pee in the woods experience. And as soon as one did it, the other had to do it too. They thought is was so cool to pee in the grass. Both T and I explained that it was only because of the emergency situation. And that it would never happen again because we would always remember to take the travel potty with us. And fortunately, the next time one of them requested to pee in the woods, I had that trusty travel potty all ready to go!

Barbara Manatee said...

I'm catching up on some old posts I hadn't read yet. I started to just skim this quick but you know what caught my eye? The "Hot" light and the sudden craving for Krispy Kreme. We don't have one around us anymore. LOL!

Yeah for successful outings and using the potty! adam's back to refusing to even stand near it again...agh!