Adventures in Pottyland

I have been reading with delight, the Wiz's posts on Toddler-man's adventures in Pottyland and the carnage of Spiderman and Sponge Bob he is leaving behind. Of course, I read these posts with the smug assumption that I had crawled out of the rabbit hole and was no longer in Pottyland. Oh how wrong I was. Not only am I still in Pottyland, but I have discovered that boys and girls really are different in Pottyland. I'm not referring to the stand-up vs. sit down kind of different, I mean announcing your intentions kind of different. All kids announce their need to "go" when in training, but apparently girls continue to announce long after the training is over. Princess O, my 3 almost 4 y.o. is well out of the training phase, yet she continues to feel the need to announce her needs no matter when or where. I could understand this if we were traveling in the car or at the store, but she does it at home, at pre-school, at play and of course, at church. Since she has not yet mastered the art of the quiet voice, these announcements of "Mom, I've gotta poop" are most often made during the passing of the sacrament or during a prayer. I'm always so proud she feels the need to share with the congregation. But Princess O took the announcement to a new height last night when at O-dark-thirty she tip-toed into my room. You know that feeling you have when you're asleep but can feel someone staring at you? Yeah, I had that. I cracked my one eye open just to check for monsters, only to find a face inches from me, which of course, scared the beans out of me and made me scream and say bad words. "What do you want?" I croaked after recoverning myself. "I need to go potty" was the reply. "Then go" I said still in a stuppor. She then left, went back down the hall to the bathroom (which she had passed on her way to my room), did her business and went back to bed. Ughhh. I informed my blissfully unaware DH of the escapade the next morning (since he had slept through the whole thing) and asked him why she would feel the need to do that. He just looked at me with that "I-can't believe-your-so-stupid" look on his face and said "She learned it from you". Huh? Do I really announce? Am I teaching my daughter a learned behavior? Holy Cow he's right! I DO announce. Although I have mastered the quiet voice, I am in the habit of announcing my intentions before I leave the room. This of course brings me to my question for all of you. Is the need for announcement a genetic girl thing , is it a social girl thing or am I just a freak that is passing on her weird habits? At least we girls have the good sense to come inside to do our business.


Blogger Kage said...

Well I don't know about coming inside, because I am the first one to find a spot and pee in it if I really have to go...no matter where it is....my most recent was between two Park Vehicles behind Tavern on the Green.

But yes I do think I say "I have to pee" more often than I should. This is because I wait until I really have to pee, and thus I need to explain why I am running out of the room during someone's midsentence. My husband only usually announces when he is going to be there for a while, and it usually goes like this: "Where's your O magazine?" Apparently The Economist, ESPN the mag and Business Week are not first choice when going #2.

And while we are on the subject, how come 95% of the time it takes me just as long, if not faster to poop than pee and it takes the boys forever? Maybe they just have to finish that article in O.


8/29/2006 04:29:00 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

kage, you make me laugh... :)

Yes, I think it is a girl thing. Quite often, I will see DH walking out of the room and I'll ask "where are you going?" and he looks at me like I'm crazy and he says "To do my business! Why? Want to come along?"

But until this post, I never realized that I do announce it all the time. "I'll be in the bathroom!" as if that announcement will calm the quells of family life until I return.

My daughter does it, too. :)

8/29/2006 04:52:00 PM  
Blogger nestle said...

*snerkle* yes all the kids announce. I have to analyze myself today to figure out if I do it. Except our kids have "labeled" the deed. My daughter started from the first calling poop "chocolate poo" because well let's just say it that's what it looks like. Yes I love sacrament meetings "I have to go chocolate poo" or even the middle of the night wake up calls "I have to go chocolate poos". Then my son came to pottyland craze and labeled pee "green waters". Well all I can say is at least they are descriptive (no he did not have weird pee, the potty seat was blue). So in our house, and everywhere else it's green waters and chocolate poos for us.

8/29/2006 05:01:00 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I think it's a MOM thing, this announcing business! I've noticed since I've been going through that potty training stage with my daughter that I announce when I have to go! Then again, I think my husband does too! Haven't completely noticed before!

As to the embarassing church moments- I am so glad that I'm not the only one with them! When My daughter was just a newborn she would get some pretty loud (to say the least) gas! There was this one time during the passing of sacrament where she happened to let one of those escape out of her wee little bum! If that weren't embarassing enough, when people looked back at us, my DH pointed his finger at ME!! So embabrassing! But I'm sure that there will be lots more of those embarassing situations coming up as I go through the different stages of motherhood! Yeah for moms!

8/29/2006 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger The Wiz said...

I wish my little guy WOULD announce! He is completely and 100% great if he is naked, but put ne little scrap of fabric on his bum, and he thinks it's a diaper. Not so good. But he never tells me, which is OK when he's running around naked in the house, but if he was dressed, and he TOLD me, I could help him save Spiderman! (or Spongebob, or Scooby Doo)

My girls always announced. They don't so it as much anymore, but if in the middle of a game, I still hear: "I'm going potty! Don't touch my stuff!"

8/29/2006 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to announce or my babies think I'm leaving them--it serves as a reassurance that I'll be right back and they know where to find me if there's an emergency. I can't wait until they're grown and I can potty in peace!

8/30/2006 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous JKS said...

My son used to come to my room in the middle of the night and say he needed to go potty.

8/30/2006 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous JKS said...

Now that the kids are older, I don't annouce as much (also, bigger house so the kids aren't necessarily in the same room).....so it means I'm constantly yelling, "I'm in the bathroom!!!" Because there is only so long that kids can exist without needing mom.
I do sometimes announce because they "need something" but I really need to go to the bathroom and I need them to wait so I tell them so. "I can't do that now, I'm going to the bathroom."
I'm just happy if I get a shower without the blast of cold air that comes with a toddler opening the door of the bathroom to find me.

8/30/2006 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous dangermom said...

I think it's a Mom thing. I now announce my intentions, because if I don't, they panic. I'm also trying to tell them that they will have to wait for me to come back. This does not work; today while they were eating lunch, I said, "I'm going to go potty, and I'll be back in a minute." (Meaning: stay put, eat, and wait for 60 seconds.) Sure enough, I'm not even finished before my 6-yo shows up at the bathroom door, saying that she's still hungry and what else can she have to eat? Gah! Sigh. Because obviously I will be serving her food from the bathroom!

Meanwhile, I am thrilled and happy because our 3-yo has pooped in the potty twice now, and is wearing panties all day long. She's been having Poop Issues for 9 months or so, and I'm really hoping that this step will help her get into a normal groove. Next leap: using the potty without a little seat (which she is terrified of, since she tried it on her own and fell in). So, yay!

8/30/2006 01:28:00 AM  
Blogger Trivial Mom said...

Mom thing/Woman thing I don't know. But I do know that in high school you (well my friends and me at least) announced when you were going. You know "Hey I'm headed to the bathroom, anyone want to come?" Don't ask me why we felt the need to do that . . . but we did.

As a mom, I didn't really start announcing again until I was potty training. As an emphasis, "Mommy needs to go potty now" "Mommy's going potty, do you need to go too?" So she would get the idea to let me know when she needed to go.

8/30/2006 01:58:00 AM  
Blogger Heather O. said...

Yep. I do it too. And I did it before I even had kids, so I don't think it's a mom thing. Don't you remember packs of girls going to the bathroom together in high school? I never understood that, myself, but there were several occasions where I would say, "I have to go the bathroom", and three other girls would pipe up and say, "Oh, me too! I'll come with you!" Um, ok.

My problem now is that I don't just say, "Hey, I gotta pee". I say, "I have to use the potty", or "I'm have to go potty". I said that around my MIL the other day, and she just starting laughing. It took me a little while to figure out just what I had said. Isn't "potty" the word of choice for everyone?

8/30/2006 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger jamisue said...

Wahoo! I'm not a freak! So good to know that I'm not alone in my announcing and that this is an odd bond shared by all women.

8/30/2006 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous meems said...

My daughter announces, and yes, she wakes me up to tell me she needs to go. I sometimes announce if I think the kids will get scared if they turn around and I'm not there, but then, they find me anyway. My son announces it sometimes, but mostly I announce it to him. You need to go now. No I don't. Yes you do... Right NOW! Sigh -- my mom is 67 and she still announces it to me everytime we're together. I'm not kidding!!

8/30/2006 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

trivial mom and heather o.--

There was one time in HS that I still remember (strangely enough): I started heading down the hallway away from my girlfriends, and one said, "hey, where are ya' going?" and I said "the bathroom" and she said, with a few others "oh, me too! I'll come!" and I said "What? Seriously, I can go to the bathroom on my own --we don't all have to go right now."

You would think I had stabbed them all in the back with the cold shoulders I got for the rest of the day...

8/30/2006 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger Erin Marie said...

It's not just a mom thing. I live with five other girls. And the most common phrase (other than "Are you serious?" and "Boys suck.") is "I have to pee."

8/31/2006 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous jrb said...

I don't usually announce, but without fail, my 3-yr old will ask me what I am doing, so sometimes I say something beforehand just to stop the question from coming.

9/02/2006 02:45:00 AM  

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