the gauntlet has been thrown down

This week a mommy friend of mine posted this as her Facebook status:


Thank you Pampers, Huggies, Luvs, and more recently, Fuzzi Bunz, Green Mountain prefolds, BumGenius and Rumparooz diapers for covering my kids’ butts for the past 7.5 yrs. We will miss you but are very excited to finally be Diaper Free!!

She has three children, more or less my children’s ages. Her youngest, a week older than my daughter Maggie, is now completely out of diapers. Maggie… is still completely IN diapers.


Let’s leave aside any guilt that I might feel about not using Fuzzi Bunz reusables (“a better diaper for a better planet”), Bumgenius (“cloth diapering made easy”),  Rumparooz (“keeping the poo off your little roo”), and Green Mountain prefolds (“chlorine-free and unbleached!”) I mean, of course I feel guilty now that I have looked them all up and created handy hyperlinks, but they were not even on the fringes of my consciousness when Maggie was born two-and-a-half years ago.


No, let’s leave the ecodiapering guilt aside for now, because I’m full up right now on guilt that my friend has her 31-month-old trained and I don’t. 


Nothing like a little peer pressure to motivate a mom. I now present to you a little scene from this morning, in my kitchen.


MAGGIE: Mommy I need a new diaper.
ME (taking it off): No, let’s have some potty time. If you get the pee-pee feeling, tell me, and we’ll hurry to the potty.
MAGGIE: NO!
ME: Now, c’mon honey, let’s–
MAGGIE: NOOO!!
ME: You are two and a half years old! You speak in paragraphs! You are TOO BIG for diapers!
MAGGIE: NO Mommy NO NO NOAHDGHGHGHGH–


At this point, she took leave of her senses and held her breath until she passed out, banging her head off the kitchen floor as she toppled over backwards. Then she held her breath about hitting her head. Then, when I picked her up to comfort her, she peed all over me. 


Round one to Maggie. This is going to be a long summer.