If you’ve been reading for a long time then you might remember awhile back when I revealed that my oldest daughter is a Poop Monster. Seriously. This girl loved to smear her poop EVERYWHERE. I lost track of the number of times I cleaned poop off her walls, hair, bed, face, furniture, hands, and more. I also lost track of the number of times I felt I was losing my mind. It was like I was constantly having one of those days. I honestly thought it would never end (ok maybe I knew that it would, but hey I was in the dramatic moment).
The Poop Monster today
Eventually Mackenzie did start potty training, and she took to it really well. She was great about going potty all by herself…
except at night.
Generally most nights before I go to bed I go in and check on her. You know, the usual mom thing. Unfortunately there were many times where I knew immediately that she had pooped in her pull up. I’d open the door and the smell would just hit me. Even worse, occasionally the poop monster would reappear and I’d discover that not all the poop had remained in the pull up. During those times I thought, oh my gosh, I’m going to have a 16 year old who poops in her pull ups. This. Is. Never. Going. To. End.
Then, a couple weeks ago she went 2 days in a row with a dry pull up. So I decided to just go for it. I explained to her that she was going to be wearing panties to bed and that if she needed to go potty she had to get up and go to the bathroom. And wouldn’t you guess: that girl has not had a single accident. Score for Team Mom!
But I’m not going to lie, I was still a little wary. What if she needed to go in the middle of the night? Would she have the sense to get up and go herself?
Then, two nights ago, it happened. I was sleeping soundly (what else does anyone do at 3 am?) when I woke up to a strange sound. I fumbled around in the darkness for my glasses, and stumbled to the door (is anyone really graceful in the middle of the night? I didn’t think so). I opened the door to discover that the hall bathroom light is on. And sitting on the bathroom floor is my little 3 year old, trying to pull her panties back on. She had gone potty in the middle of the night. HURRAY! No joke, I seriously wanted to do a victory dance around my house, but I refrained, mostly because I didn’t want to wake my husband, oh and it was 3 in the morning. Instead I calmly sent my daughter back to bed and crawled into bed myself, except this time with a huge smile on my face because I knew I had finally defeated the poop monster.
This may seem somewhat trivial, but it was a serious victory in my books. And I think as moms we need those little victories to keep us going because let’s face it, motherhood is not all rainbows and tickle-fights.
Another small victory moms can have is saving money (who doesn’t love that? I know I certainly don’t have money to throw around…though wouldn’t that be so fun?). P&G and Kroger have teamed up to help you do just that. Hurry in to Kroger and Kroger Banner Stores for P&G’s big sale event, June 10–23!
At Kroger and its banner stores, more than 30 of your favorite P&G brands are at HOT sale prices through June 23, including Tide, Charmin, Cascade, Pampers, Crest and Olay. Look for tags with special prices throughout the household needs and health and beauty aisles, and be on the lookout for even bigger offers – like getting serious dollars off when you buy a bundle of products.
Before hitting the store, visit P&G’s event page on Kroger.com: http://bit.ly/KG6dw5
You can play games like basketball, track and gymnastics to win money off your next Kroger trip, download digital coupons, print a shopping list, and learn more about P&G products!
And as part of this event, consider trying one of these fab products from P&G:
Vicks Nature Fusion, Charmin Basic, Downy Unstopables, and Swiffer Duster Extenders!
I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective