Thursday, November 19, 2009
The potty chair. Who invented the potty chair? I understand that it is supposed to be helpful, little chair for little butts and all that. But I am still convinced that it is a device of torture.
Like most parents I sit in the bathroom while my son "does his business." I am his cheerleader, encourager and admit to using bribery when necessary to get my son to poopy in the potty. When my son is successful I am quite happy. I am way past the novelty of changing diapers - I think that stopped once my son began eating solid food. The poop of a nursing child is almost scentless but a toddler? An entirely different situation.
But I digress, this is about the potty. My son doesn't like to poop, a bout with constipation has traumatized him and he believes that it will hurt every time. So, he only goes once a week. I've tried everything to try and change this but no haps. So, once a week it is. But dropping a week's worth of food in the potty fills it up. Every. Single. Time. When the deed is done the requisite cheering commences but it is the aftermath that has convinced me that the inventor of the potty was a sadist.
Because what goes in the potty must go out. And I am the cleaner of that particular pot. Not a great job. Emptying, cleaning and disinfecting the potty is high on my list of things that I absolutely abhor. I wonder what other people do? Do you add water before use of the potty to make cleaning easier? I need help. Although this form of torture only takes place once a week that is too often for me.
The inventor of the potty. The parental device of torture. Who is that masked (I'm sure) man? And yes, I am convinced it is a man because most often moms are the cleaners of the potty.