Riddle me this dear readers: what happens when you try to wean your 2 year old off of something she’s unwilling to let go off while functioning on too little sleep? Success? Accolades? Mommy of the year awards? Or a big fat mess?
If you guessed that last one, than congratulations, you guessed right!
As some of you might know, Lilly will be 3 in November and is going to be starting Montessori in a few short weeks. Flipping through her school forms a few weeks ago I nearly snorted my coffee when I saw a tiny little phrase I must have missed the first time I read the forms: children must be toilet trained to enter school.
So after a few hours of freaking out, yelling at my (confused) husband that this was somehow all his fault, freaking out some more and hyperventilating, I decided that it was time to get this toilet training thing done and done right now. Out went all the pull-ups and diapers, drawers were filled with brand new underwear and this mommy went into lockdown with a not-so-excited toddler.
It’s been a few weeks since that coffee-snorting day and I think we’re 90% done, which is awesome! We still use pull-ups for sleeping and experience a few accidents here and there, but over all I’d call it a successful campaign.
So you could say that things were going pretty well indeed. That is until I got lazy and forgot to put the pull-up on Lilly Friday night.
Nope, that did not turn out that great. We woke up bright and early this Saturday morning to find Lilly sleeping in our bed, which isn’t all that unusual since she can climb in and out of her toddler bed quite easily. No, the unusual thing was the amount of wetness in said bed.
Apparently, Lilly had a little accident in her bed during the night and instead of waking us up or making a ruckus, she simply got up and dragged her dripping wet self into our bed.
So not only did I have to wash and sanitize Lilly’s bed and bedsheets, but also our bedsheets, blankets, mattress protector, comforter and assorted pillows. Apparently we sleep with a whole lot more stuff on our bed than I ever realized.
And that folks is why you should never, ever forget the night time diapers when attempting to potty train a 2.5 year old. Life is too short to waste Saturday mornings laundering half your bedroom.