Friday, February 24, 2006

Adventures in Potty Training

You may or may not remember that Chloe insisted on being potty trained this past summer. She was really doing quite well, but then we went on a 3 week vacation and it all went south pretty fast. We ended up putting her back in diapers, and then when we came home she didn't want to have anything to do with potty training and it's been a struggle ever since.

She started getting the hang of it again in the fall, but alas, Mommy became pregnant and sick and it all fell apart once more. Chloe began having multiple accidents and not telling us when she had to go. I was too sick to deal with it all, and though Joel tried, I am fairly sure that Daddys are just not programmed to do potty training. (But I am thankful for his valiant efforts.)

Then Chloe went to Mamah's house in Utah for a couple of weeks. Mamah took it upon herself to make potty training a positive experience for Chloe. She offered treats and toys, and was much more enthusiastic than I could ever be in my hyperemetic, pregnant state. She actually had pom poms in the bathroom and sang a parody of the BYU fight song:

Rise and Shout the poo poo is out
In all its fame and glory
Rise and shout the poo poo is out
And now we'll tell the story...
Rah Rah Rahrahrah
Rah rah rahrahrah
Goooooooooooooooooooooo CHLOE!!!

When Chloe came home, she was still having a bit of trouble although she was certainly more willing. Since my mom the cheerleader left she has only had three accidents and those were all on the same day. Even though she has taken to saying "kocky" instead of "potty" and it took me 2 days to figure out what she meant, I think we're finally on the path to saying she is 100% potty trained. And so in honor of her great achievement, I just wanted to post some of the funnier things she has said during our saga.

Talking about her little potty seat that goes on top of the big toilet:
"We better put the seat on or I will fall in. And we don't want Chloe to die."

Just before having an accident at church:
"I love you Daddy." (pause) "I love you Daddy!!!" (pause) "I LOVE YOU DADDY!!!"

While being unwillingly put on the toilet because it was obvious she had to go:
"I don't have time for this."

It's definitely been an adventure. One I am happy to know is just about over.
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. That's calling for a potty page -- complete with toilet stickers... :)

  2. One of the days she was going in the potty was one she almost fell in the potty in the laundry room, but I was there to catch her, at first she said that was scary, but then we had a good laugh about it. I siad, I don't want you to die, Chloe, so we better be careful, huh!! It was a wonderful adventure, thank you for the kudos darling, I love you, Mom

  3. Ohhh boy! My ds is 13 and I VIVIDLY remember the potty training days.


  4. yikes - potty training. Been, there, done that (3 times). GOOD LUCK.

  5. Oh, I'm laughing too hard here at the "I don't have time for this!" Chloe sounds like quite the little character! What a great entry, Lara! Thanks for sharing!


  6. LOL
    Rise and shout!!!

    HILARIOUS. Sometimes (being pregnant and all) I feel going to the bathroom yet again is a waste of my time too. SO funny!