House Arrest

House Arrest

The place where I'm spending way too much of my time these days.
The place where I’m spending way too much of my time these days.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m cut out for this whole motherhood thing. We’re finally giving potty training a valiant effort and just as I suspected, I hate it. I feel like we’re in jail. A jail where there’s a little boy that runs around bare bottomed, pooping in closets the second I have to divert my attention elsewhere. Unfortunately, the only common thread in every potty training method is not to get upset. I think my efforts in this regard have been quite impressive. I’m pretty sure if we all get through this alive, I will be in the running for a Nobel Peace Prize.*

We fed our local missionaries dinner the other night and they asked if there was anything special they could pray about for our family. We joked that they could pray for Cooper to be potty-trained. You better believe that was an awkwardly funny prayer. I’m still waiting for an answer to it though.

Maybe at least by the time we’re done with this, my hardwood floors will gleam since I’ll likely have been given the “opportunity” to thoroughly clean every square inch . . .

*Seriously though, there is much the nations of the world can learn from a mother about promoting peace, choosing your battles carefully, and the art of negotiation.

4 thoughts on “House Arrest

  1. May the force be with you! I HATED potty training and don’t think I can offer any helpful tips, but I do have lots of sympathy for you… and a steam cleaner, if you need it. 😉

  2. The Bennett’s/Lindstrom’s midwife told me that potty training and driving are the two hardest things about parenting. So if you can keep your cool at all, kudos to you. I still struggle with it 🙁 I remember when we planned our kick-off weekend I thought it would be hard, but I HAD NO IDEA how draining it is emotionally and physically. It sounds like you’re doing great 🙂

    Ironically our kick-off weekend with Anika was cut short because we decided to go visit the Bennetts when they accidentally had their first baby early in Park City. While visiting them we met their midwife who told me about potty training. Just today I got a text from the Bennetts saying that they had their 2nd baby boy just yesterday (but actually used their midwife this time 🙂 and at home)… If you’re interested to know.

  3. I’ll pray for you too 🙂 That child is adorable but he is also very stubborn. I hope it gets easier!

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