Since I became a mom, I have had a lot of learning to do and still do. I make mistakes. Many, many mistakes. And that's okay. That is one of the things I have had to relearn. "Everybody makes mistakes. It is okay to make mistakes." I have had to go further than just making mistakes. I have begun to welcome mistakes. I have had to learn to not judge my mistakes. I have had to learn not to be afraid of making mistakes. And I am learning to say, "yep, doing it that way was probably a mistake". So in the midst of making daily mistakes while raising my daughter, I am comforted by other moms who have been there, done that, got the t-shirt, and don't judge.
"Potty training" are two words that I never anticipated would cause me to hang my head in shame and admit utter defeat. But they do and I am. It is not that potty training is really that important to me or that I fear my daughter will never use the potty by herself (although, secretly I do fear that). It is just getting really weird now. She does not want to use the potty. She wants to wear diapers. And more than anything, she loves to announce to everyone within a 5 mile radius that she just went pee-pee and poopy in her diaper when we are out in public. Now, this could be me being naive, but I don't think she is just trying to embarrass me. This is mostly because I have gotten the stares, the gaping mouths, the flat out questions "what's wrong with her?" and for the most part it doesn't phase me. I have been given infinite advice on the subject. I have tried pretty much every thing I can think of. I have to believe there is some mom out there that can understand me when I say that she will hold in the pee and poo for days on end before she will do it in the potty. She literally holds it all day at school???
I am sure I have made countless mistakes on the potty training front. I can accept that. I can change. But sometimes it just feels good to hear those little reassurances from other compassionate moms.
Thanks, other moms. When I grow up I want to be just like you.