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Rebecca of Main St. Diaries is experiencing diaper and poop overload.


I am so, so sick of diapers. Our baby Dawson is about 18 months (or something like that, I don't know. Once I had two, I just stopped keeping track) and Liam is just over 3 and I feel like all I do is change diapers and wipe butts. Tonight, I was rinsing out a diaper once again, and I just thought, I can't believe the amount of fecal matter I have to deal with around here.

We did cloth diapers for two years with Liam, then chlorine-free disposables, and while I've read all the arguments about disposables not being as bad for the environment as it seems like they would be, I just keep thinking about all those plastic diapers, piling up, millions of them, never biodegrading. Where do they go? They never, ever break down. They just sit in a landfill somewhere, accumulating, until we dump them into the sea, and become part of that huge 150 mile wide cloud of bits of plastic that's choking sea life. Recently, we found G-diapers (reusable cloth diaper covers with flushable liners) which I think are brilliant and are relatively easy to use, but it still means I'm spending a fair amount of time rinsing poop off of things.

Mostly, though, I am sick of seeing people on the toilet. We have been working on potty training my oldest son Liam and have gotten to this point where the bathroom door is always open because I read in a book somewhere that's what you should do to make the child feel like using the toilet is natural and normal. A few nights ago Liam and Tommy (my husband) were sitting on their respective toilets, with the doors open, and I was trying to clean the kitchen which is right next to the bathroom. This is the conversation that went on:

Digusting noise.
Tommy: "Oh my goodness. What was that noise?"
Liam: "That was just my bum making a silly sound."
Liam: "Poop is coming!"
Tommy: "Hooray! Daddy's pooping too!"
More disgusting sounds.
Liam: "Does Mommy want to see my poop?"
Me: "NO!"
Liam: "Do you want to see my poop, Daddy?"
Tommy: "Sure. Do you want to see my poop?"
Bathroom door is forcibly shut.
Liam: "Is Mommy happy?"

Well. That's a question for the ages, isn't it?

A day or two later I was trying to get both of the boys out the door and to daycare, and I was putting sunscreen on Dawson (who is remarkably loud and was shrieking as if I was rubbing him with poison ivy) when I saw Liam headed out the door with his potty. I said, "What on God's green earth are you doing?" and he said, "I going outside to poop." I said, "No. NO! You may not poop outside. We go inside in this family." And Liam said, "But I like pooping outside. I can hear the birds."

Sometimes I think the best and worst thing about having children is that you often get what you ask for. Did I not want to raise a child who loves and respects nature? Did I not want to raise a kid who is comfortable with his own body? On the one hand, I'm thrilled that he wants to listen to songbirds. On the other hand, we live on Main Street in a small town and both of the children are total nudists to begin with. So I'm glad the boy likes the birds. I'm glad everyone in my house is comfortable with going to the bathroom. But the potty stays inside. It doesn't seem like too much to ask.

All that said, at least he took his potty with him.

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236 comments so far | Post a comment now
shoshana February 16, 2008, 8:28 PM

well, you sound like a very loving mother!

loraine February 19, 2008, 9:36 AM

Kids will not go potty consistently until they are ready, plain and simple. Show them how things work, make it a regular part of the day, do not stress or it will not work at all and all are going to therapy one year or another. Teaching is giving knowledge, allowing practice, allowing individual differences, and then stepping back and hoping most of it sunk in for good use. I’ve helped train about 80 toddlers. :-)

Anonymous February 21, 2008, 2:11 PM

I know this day is coming for me, as I have a 14 month old son and another due in June (son as well, of course), and I was laughing so hard tears were rolling down my face. I use cloth too, and even with only one my husband and I joke about how great it will be when we’re not rinsing poop off diapers anymore! I can only imagine the amount of poop in the house with two in diapers, and I think by that point I’d be happy if my son wanted to poop outside— at least it’s in the toilet and not in a diaper!!!

nyaira February 25, 2008, 4:24 PM

with my son i am having a hard time potty training also. I don’t know if it’s true but some say girls are easier than boys. I am still in the process and still nothing is working. Maybe when he’s ready he’ll go on his own!!!

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I just came across this today. I started laughing so hard I couldn’t do much else. My 2 almost 3 yr old was looking at me like I was crazy. We have two girls, but if we had boys; I can imagine that very scenario in my own home. It still might happen, even girls, lol.

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