potty training odyssey, part deux

Perhaps the main reason I really do have to get my daughter potty-trained is that when she poops in her diaper, her two older brothers– it pains me to type this– take turns sniffling deeply at her bottom and topping each other in their reactions.

CONNOR: (taking a whiff) UGH! Gross! Mom! Change her diaper!
SEAMUS: (taking a turn) Oh-ho-ho-ho! Yuck!
CONNOR: Move, Seamus, I want to smell. (He does. Connor does.) Ugh! You STINK Maggie!

Maggie does not really mind this as much as you might expect. But this cannot be good. This has to be messing with all three of them in some deeply Freudian way, no?

Yesterday Connor wasn’t around for these usual hijinks so Seamus was just taking double turns himself. I tried appealing to his better angels.

MOMMY: Seamus, don’t do that to Maggie.
SEAMUS: Why not?
MOMMY: Because she doesn’t like it. C’mon Maggie, I’ll change you.
SEAMUS: Can I come too?
SEAMUS: Can I watch you change her?
MOMMY: No! Seamus, how would you like it if you were making poops in the bathroom and Maggie was standing right there watching you?

Seamus thinks about it for a moment.

SEAMUS: Actuawy, that would be fine wif me.

The really sad part is, it probably would.

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Anonymous June 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Loving your blog… off to pick up your book!


amountainmomma June 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm

My four-year old took it upon herself to check my two-year old's poopie bottom yesterday.

I now have a very good reason to get my youngest potty trained and fast!

Poop on the wall=bad (Yuck!)

Poop in the potty=good

Good luck!! Love your blog!


Jen June 27, 2010 at 1:42 am

you CRACK ME UP!!! I guess this is something i may need to prepare for when my younger DS is up and about and the older one is "interested" in their stuff…LOL


Meredith June 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm

My son does this too. If he knows I am about to change my daughter's diaper, he follows me and asks what color it is. What a sicko. I don't know where he picks up stuff like this.

Read your entire book yesterday – freaking hysterical. You have made a fan for life!


Lacy July 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Ah, yes. I am having trouble getting the kids to stop playing in the bathroom. I will hear talking in there, and when I open the door and go in, one is on the toilet, and the other sitting nearby with toys or a book!
A bonus of this interest, however – my four-year-old daughter came and told me my three-month-old daughter's diaper was wet, and asked if she could change her!


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