Monday, April 5, 2010

Can't We Talk About Something Else?

I'm coming to accept that being a parent means all sorts of things will come out of your mouth that you never dreamed of  --  and that you'll end up matter-of-factly discussing lots of topics that might seem a little odd to those without children.

In our house these days, it seems that many of our conversations center around bathroom topics -- ah, the joys of potty training.

"Get your hand out of the toilet" and "Yes, you will put your pants back on" seem to be frequent comments, made at least a few times a week.

"Keep your penis in your pants" or "We don't show people our private parts"  are even more frequent as my 2 1/2 year old has become enamored with his masculinity.

Then there are Luke's observations about his bowel movements -- whether it's the size ("That's a daddy poop!") or the amount ("That's sure a lot of poop down there!") or other assorted information ("My poops are touching each other. Look they're kissing!").

And, I continue to be amazed at the number of times "poop" can be worked into a conversation that has absolutely nothing to do with the bathroom -- because my 2 1/2 year old is completely fascinated by poop, or at least by the word.

I console myself with the thought (hope!) that this phase won't last long -- and I'm spending lots of time reminding myself of all my child development knowledge, which would suggest that this fascination with bathroom topics may actually bode well for the final stages of potty training.

One thing I haven't quite figured out yet, though, is how the same child who is so fascinated with poop can become quite distressed -- even a little OCD -- at the thought of boogers touching any part of his body.  Oh, the mysteries of 2 year olds!

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