Yesterday I cleaned the bathroom during nap time. I did the baseboards, cleaned the window and the screen and of course the sink and toilet. This is probably too much info but it’s pertinent to the story. I used the toilet (just a “number one”) and Ava likes to flush it- I think it’s a part of the potty training theory in her own mind.
No-nap Ava decided that while I was distracted she would lock herself into my now clean bathroom. I noticed how quiet she was so I went to peek and see what the little monster was up to.
“What are you doing, Ava?”
(In my head I shout) With my URINE?! Gee, thanks.
I was impressed though that I didn’t yell. I didn’t bat an eye before I suggested, very calmly, that she flush the toilet and let me rinse off the rag she was using to “wash” all the surfaces I had just disinfected.
…Later that afternoon our lovely Ava decided to have naked time. When she ran into the bathroom after a while I figured she was going to use the potty. Well she almost had it.
“Mommy I peed!”
I walk in … on the floor?! (again, a big shout inside my head). Again, impressed with my reaction I just stated “Interesting choice not to actually use the potty.” And then I cleaned up her pee puddle.
I think the bathroom is now more disgusting than before I went in to scrub it down. *sigh*
Elizabeth is a children's book author and designer of knit and crochet character hats under the brand The Ruthless Crafter. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, spend time with her family, and swim. She lives a full, happy life in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and their two children.