So this has been an interesting couple of weeks! We went through sickness, and potty training all at once. As I am writing this, with the wonderful feeling that this season has passed, Chris is now coming down with a cold. Poor guy, I hope I’m not next! By the way the potty training was for Arwen, not Chris or myself. Just in case you were wondering.
Almost two weeks ago Arwen randomly woke up saying she didn’t feel very well. I was a complete jerk, not to her, but in my head I didn’t believe her. Not because I am mean mom, but she saw an episode of Peppa Pig, where Peppa says she doesn’t feel very well, and ever since then, Arwen says that at least 5 times a day, so I thought this was 1 out of the 5 times I was going to hear it that day. I just said “I’m sorry.” I scooped her up and brought her into my bed because it was super early for her to be up (that should have been my first clue). Within 5 minutes I found out very quickly that she wasn’t playing, because she started throwing up. At the first moment of what I heard was coming I grabbed her so quickly and tried to rush her to the bathroom, we didn’t make it, but I was super impressed with my speed. Poor little thing, it’s the worse to see her sick.
A few months ago we all got the nasty flu that was going around, and it was going through all of our friends as well. To keep this flu under control we decided, even though her fever went away and she was herself again, that we would be staying home for a week to hopefully not have this cycle of everyone passing to it each other again happen. For me, staying in the house for more than a day is torture to my soul, but I wanted to make sure she was healthy so staying in is what we did.
It’s funny, I am home with Arwen all the time, and we bond, but staying in and not hanging out with anyone else besides each other, except of course my husband when he got home, was an amazing bonding experience for us. There was no going out, doing things outside of the house (with the exception of a few trips to the store). With not having anything breaking up our quality time together we really bonded. That is funny to say since she is only two, but she has some great thoughts, and such a great personally, which I already knew, but there were no interruptions with our time so I got to experience it even more with my attention not being on driving, or shopping, or making sure she doesn’t go touch dog poop on our walks (she is obsessed with poop), I really just got to sit without feeling guilty of not cleaning and spending time just on her. This was a great week, well not her being sick, but the time together.
The first day I discovered she is a lot like my husband. My husband is very tidy and isn’t a huge fan of messes, were I can kind of live with it a bit better. But Arwen is the same way, which I knew to an extent. If she is done eating she HAS to put her dishes away (most of the time), and I am sure that won’t last forever. When Arwen was getting sick I had her throw up in a bowl, which I was surprised to discover she is a pro at! There was one time we didn’t make it the bowl in time, and she was so angry about it, she kept just yelling for the bowl. I was super impressed with that. We watched “Frozen” at least 4 times, and of course “Peppa Pig.” We talked, and just played.
The next day she was so much better, and since we had decided that we would be staying in the next few days anyways, we decided to potty train. I got her charts ready, stickers, prizes, bribes and everything ready to go. She did such a great job! We only had a few accidents in the first two days. I am happy to say she now does not wear a pull up, except to bed, and she has only had two accidents. That accident unfortunately for our friends Peter and Janiele, were with them. Just when we thought she was all better, she got a horrible cold just as we were going to step back into the world of other people, so were stuck being home for over a week. It was totally worth it so she would get better, but by the week mark we both felt very bonded together and were both ready for other people to enter our lives again. With that, Chris and I needed a date so our friends watched her for us. I was a bit too confident I think, and let them know that there have been no accidents for 5 days. Within an hour of our date I got a call about the couple accidents that had happened. Although I know that’s a part of learning to use the potty, the way they explained one of my daughters accidents, it’s like she did it in rebellion to us going out. I do get it, I think she wanted to go out too, she is like me that way and can’t be in the house too long. Knowing that about her I took her to the zoo that day, so maybe she just wanted to be animal, who knows.
All that to say, it was sad to see her sick, but to see her so proud of herself for her new accomplishment in life of using the potty is wonderful.
P.S. I did realize I love the stuff that toddlers can say and get away with. An upcoming blog will be the discoveries I have made saying the same stuff to my friends that my daughter says, and some strangers and their reactions. Such a double standard that it is socially acceptable to announce you “pooped in the potty” as a toddler, but frowned upon when you say it as an adult 😉