I have become one of those mothers. You know the ones; the ones who want to tell the world how “clever” their child is because they did a wee on the potty.
I know. I hate myself too.
The thing is, no one told me that having children would mean there would be a moment in my life when I would find myself dancing a celebratory conga around a potty. I was completely unprepared for the sheer joy a potty training triumph would bring. There is nothing like the all-encompassing pride at hearing the tinkling notes of your child using the potty as it was intended (not as a hat, pillow, cereal bowl or weapon).
I was also shamefully ignorant of the loud whoops I would emit as my toddler stood up to display the toils of her labour, clapping herself and demanding a present for her hard work. More still, I’ve been taken aback at this driving urge to run out into the street waving the potty – and all its contents – at passersby, desperate they acknowledge my child’s first “potty wee”.
I almost – almost – found myself taking a picture of the glorious scene and pasting it all over Facebook and Twitter with the caption, “Look what she’s done! *proud face*”. Thankfully, the potty hysteria has left a small corner of my mind untouched.
I did, however, accost my unsuspecting husband with the full potty on his return from the shops. “Look! LOOK! Isn’t she CLEVER?!” I cried with enthusiasm, thrusting the item into his hands and standing back to survey his look of wonder, his face lit up by the golden liquid.
At this point I should probably lie to try and salvage some of my husband’s credibility as a “cool bloke”, but I’m not that good a wife. “WOW!” my (usually sedate, low-key) man exclaimed, before joining me and the toddler with a celebratory dance around the potty.
Turns out potty hysteria can get us all.Follow
Ghislaine Forbes says
Hilarious! I’m off to the shops to find her some nice pants. Love ma x
Glad I’m not the only one to get potty hysteria! Each time Elfie does a wee on the potty I have to sit on my hands to stop myself tweeting about it. It’s so exciting!!
Pleased it’s not just me!
Damson Lane says
I am about to go and buy all the ‘stuff’ we need for potty training (whatever that might be) so I will join you in the potty dance in a few weeks!
Good luck – you need nerves of steel!
I think every parent would like to shout from the mountain tops when their child pees in the potty!
There’s nothing like the sense of achievement with anything else!
Capture by Lucy says
Hilarious! Hoping you will have some tips for getting them dry at night! xx
Me too – seems like a long way off yet!
Whooooo! Go Freya! A triumph!