Monday, July 25, 2005

Lost in translation

So Chloe has decided she wants to be potty trained. One morning a couple of weeks ago I had let her run around without a diaper for a while because she had a rash. When I tried to put a diaper back on she wouldn't let me and said she wants to wear panties and be "potty twained."

Sounds good to me! I have no problems with that. For the rest of that day she wore panties and went potty on the potty....not one accident! I was so excited every time she went to the bathroom, and she was just so cute with her little shy smile when she was trying to go. She loved that I was making a big deal out of everything.

Well, after a few days, she was still doing really well--very few accidents, telling me when she needed to go, staying dry even in public--could it be any easier? Wow!

Well, one day I was in the bathroom with her and she went. I said, "Yay! Chloe" and she said, "Cwap." I said "What did you say?" and she repeated, "Cwap. Cwap, mommy!" I couldn't figure out why she was saying a naughty word (although I was thinking she probably learned it from me) and told her we don't say that word and not to say it anymore. Well, every time she went potty she kept saying it, and I kept telling her that we don't say that and to please not say it. She just looked at me really funny and kept saying it.

Until the other day. I realized what she was really saying and I realized why she always looked so confused when I told her not to say that word. She was saying "Clap." Yep. All she wanted was for Mommy to clap for her because she went potty. Can you imagine how low I felt? Here I was telling her I couldn't clap for her because that wasn't a nice word? Once I got it and I clapped my heart out for her, you should have seen her face beam. So proud of herself....and Mommy so proud of her, too.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. i didn't always get what my kids were telling me at that age either

    tell your little girl congrats on the potty-training and hooray for her

    Chloe is adorable and she looks so proud!

  2. That is so dang cute Lara!!! Poor little Chloe thinking cwap was a bad word!! :) She is so stinking cute and I just love and miss her!!

  3. Now, THAT IS funny.... too funny.

  4. Holy Cow Lara, I was starting to think she learned that word from me!! Kudos Chloe for doing such a great job!! Ah the joys of growing up, potty training, losing teeth and growing them in again, leg cramps,etc. Look out world here comes CHLOE!!!!! "Cwap" "Cwap"
    Love, Mamah/Mom

  5. omg! i love blogs like this. i sit at my computer every morning with a cup of cappucino and it inevitably happens - i shoot it out of my nose. thanks for the laugh! too cute and congrats on the p.t. i'd like to start training my 4 month old. haha!

  6. Umm... I'm have seizures from your blog withdrawl.
    Killing me...