It’s the small accomplishments in life, the little things that make huge differences. Like when my husband gets up with the kids, or I have a few moments of privacy in the bathroom, checking the mail and having no bills that need paying, or scoring a prime parking spot right up front when I’m dragging all the kids to the store. These little things can make or break you; they can change your day from bad to good in the blink of an eye.
I had one such small accomplishment occur this very morning. I realize I may be a tad premature in my celebratory blog post, nonetheless I feel we’re on the right path- The road to salvation. The silver lining. The light at the end of a 12 year long tunnel. That’s right; I’m talking about having four potty trained children. This morning the youngest of my brood, Ms. Ailey Marie, pointed at her unused, pink ladybug potty chair and said, “Potty momma. Pee pee.”
I quickly stopped what I was doing in the kitchen and helped her get her diaper off. She placed her little white fanny on the seat and promptly requested a book. “Book peeaaassss.” (I always gave the boys books when they were potty training, to help keep them parked on the pot.)
There she sat, book in lap, on her pink throne. After snapping a quick picture, I gave her a few minutes and then asked, “All done, big girl?”
“Yes.” She said, as she stood up.
Shocked, I discovered that she had accomplished what she’d set out to do! That’s right faithful readers- We have pee pee! Thank you sweet baby Jesus. Immediately I sent Daddy the picture with a corresponding message, “Ailey just went pee pee on the potty! For real!!!”
The highchair is gone, we’ve installed a big girl bed, and now just maybe we’ll be out of diapers! Okay, I know, I know. Calm down Meghan. I recognize we’ve still got a long way to go. But I can’t help but do a little dance around the kitchen. The potty dance. No more diapers! Can you imagine? Well, yes. I’m sure some of you can. But while you’re up to your eyeballs in diapers for years, it’s hard to picture the day when you’re no longer changing them. Some of you may be asking, “Aren’t you sad? This is the last one and she’s growing so fast.”
I am happy to reply to that question. No. Nope. No way. I’m ready to be relaxed enough that I truly enjoy my children. Because as much as all parents don’t want to admit it, when your children are babies, you’re exhausted and stressed out- all the time. You want to enjoy them and their beautiful little faces, and you do to a certain extent. But it’s so damn hard when you’re covered in vomit and poop and you’ve had two hours of sleep, in three days. Bottles, bathes, teething, food splattered highchairs and walls, poop explosions and pee soaked onesies, lugging diaper bags and baby car seats as your back screams.
I’m ready to move on. I’ve done it four times and I’m all set. I’m ready for Hello Kitty underwear. So I’ll embrace this small accomplishment. It is, after all, the little things. And when you have children, the little things are the biggest things.