|Here is a picture of the pee perpetrator, appropriately, drinking a liquid|
Major props to my daughter for peeing (apparently very early in the night) and being independent and strong enough to want to change her own diaper. Major boos for just peeing and peeing with no diaper on when she couldn't figure out how to make it work. Oh. My.
Into the tub we go and I get all her bedding stripped and towels placed on the pee (no time to shampoo the carpet in the middle of all this). I talk to Brian, we decide she might be telling us she's ready to potty train, so when she comes out of the bath, I decide it's time for potty-training boot camp. We go hardcore - no diaper. Underwear only and a dress for easy access.
I get her breakfast, manage Liam all while Brian is flying out the door a little late for work because he's sick and overly tired from being sick (and attending a concert for his birthday on Saturday until VERY early in the morning). Every 10 minutes I ask Chloe, "do you need to go potty?" to make sure puddles of pee won't be greeting me much today.
Breakfast accomplished I decide to just put her on the potty in her room, but she quickly gets bored and won't stay seated. Fine. I take the potty out to the living room, set it smack in front of the TV and turn on Tinkerbell. She's fine about sitting on the potty now and sat there a good hour before finally going pee! I make a huge deal, award her with a sticker in her "potty" row and in her "listening" row on her "Chloe's a Star!" poster chart I made her. I get her a snack of milk and apple slices.
Liam is crying and wants a bottle, so I get her out of her chair after her snack, get Liam a bottle, and get Lion King on (I had wanted "Elmo's Potty Time" dvd, but she vetoed it). I'm sitting on one end of the couch trying to feed Liam. The thought occurs to me I could put her back on her potty, but I don't want her to think every time she gets on the potty I'm going to make her sit there for hours - I was afraid she'd learn to resent it. So I decide it's been a really short time since her snack and that I'd give her just a bit more before setting her back on it. I continue to feed Liam and try to interact with him since he's awake. I look over at Chloe. She is sitting in a puddle. On my Mom's sofa.
|The sofa in question, after a thorough cleaning. Note Liam's unhappy demeanor.|
I freak out inwardly, but I don't want to make her feel embarrassed so I attempt coolness. I set her on the potty and point at the pee on the sofa and basically let her know she needs to work on telling Mommy when she has to go so that I can help her get on the potty. I throw a towel on the pee (notice a trend?) because Liam is quite literally screaming at me, since he'd been stopped in mid-gulp practically, and Chloe is now soaked with pee. I attack the pee first with a, "Sorry Buddy!" to Liam and toss Chloe into the bathroom sink. I do a quick presto-chango and she's back so I can tend to Liam.
I think, well she just peed, so we should be good for a bit. I go back to feeding Little Man and turn the dvd back on. At one point she decides she's bored with Lion King, so she pulls her potty over to the TV to use a step stool. This is not a new maneuver by any means, and since I'm erstwhile occupied with her brother, I decide to let her go ahead and change the movie if she wants. I look down at Liam, look back up, and suddenly realize my daughter has decided to go puddle-stomping, one of her favorite activities, indoors.... on her potty..... in her own pee..... which is now splattering EVERYWHERE.
I am not a screamer. Chloe responds really well to my patient voice, usually, and the worst I've ever done is a stern tone to let her know I'm serious and get her attention. However, I screamed. I practically howled. My throat hurts now as a result. I whisk her off the potty and am now standing in pee splatters and have pee on my clothes from holding Chloe, who is completely soaked in pee. Pee is on the wood of the entertainment center, on her potty, on the carpet, on me.... I mean I am drowning in pee!
Once more I have to set a very unhappy Liam aside. This time I skip sitting her on the potty in favor of immediate cleaning. Into the tub for complete submerging into soapy water, a sponge off for me, a change of clothes for both of us.... and a diaper for her. Yes. I gave up. I put her in a diaper, put her in some jammies, and told her Mommy needed a time-out. I covered her up, started her bear, turned out her lights and prayed like the dickens she'd just go to sleep since it was almost nap time. She did. I called Brian and in a split-second decision between tears and laughter, chose for laughter. Really. I mean, what else can I do? :)
Thank God Liam decided just to give up on his bottle and go to sleep, too. I have since treated myself to entire pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream and don't feel a bit guilty about it. The dishes have been done, laundry has been moved along, and I'm feeling much more in control than oh, say, an hour ago. :) Perhaps Chloe isn't ready for potty-training quite yet, but we're definitely getting close. Unfortunately, when it comes to pee and poop, "close" really doesn't count for much.
Amazingly during all of this, I managed to make 2 - yes I said 2 - dinners last night. The first was a tamale casserole I made to use up some leftover cornbread. I managed to get that assembled during my time-out. :) However, I started to feel pretty sick after that, too, and anything spicy just sounded gross. So I wound up with a honey-mustard pork chop, an herb and butter rice medley, and steamed broccoli. Easy peasy. I also washed every single scrap of clothing or linen we own and have all of it but one load folded. This is quite an accomplishment because I hate folding laundry. I still haven't managed to make our own detergent because I haven't ordered one of the key ingredients I need off of Amazon. Brian and I are on a bank-account lock down until we get our mortgage for this house, so since my parents purchase laundry detergent and allow us free use of it, it's far more economical for us for now to just use theirs (even if it isn't as good for the environment)....
So, allow me to pat myself on the back just a bit for mastering my own little circus yesterday and amazingly coming out of it with patience, love, respect, and having accomplished the chores the day required. That is its own kind of simplicity, even if nothing about it was simple at all. At. All. :)
Update: I just decided what to make for dinner tonight and I have a basic outline for it. This may or may not be accurate since it's a recipe in development, but it's a place to start. Here's the rundown:
White Veggie Lasagna
fresh grated parmesan
2 tubs mascarpone cheese
fresh grated taleggio cheese
zest and juice of 2 lemons
a good handful of chopped walnuts
chopped baby spinach
sea salt and pepper
a few knobs of butter plus 1/2 C
1 pint heavy cream
some nutmeg to taste
maybe some ginger to taste
maybe even a dash of cinnamon to taste
lasagna noodles (I use the "bake in oven" kind)
And, I'm thinking of adding in to it tonight:
roasted butternut squash I have leftover
maybe even some fennel (anise)
Alright. You're making a basic alfredo sauce with the pint of heavy cream set over medium high heat. Whisk it periodically so it doesn't stick and keep an eye on it so it doesn' t boil over. Bubble it until it begins to thicken. Add the 1/2 C butter and whisk and thicken. Remove from heat and stir in your cheeses to taste. I'm using parmesan and taleggio, but parmigianno reggiano or romano would work nicely, too. Season with salt, pepper and my proposed spice additions (I think they might pair nicely with the vegetables). I'm omitting the garlic that is usually in alredo. Set it aside.
Combine the tubs of mascarpone with the lemon zest and juice, the walnuts, a bit more salt and pepper, and some sage fried in butter. Stir in spinach. You can add more parmesan and taleggio here, too, if you're feeling extra cheesy. :)
On the bottom of the lasagna pan, place some of the alfredo. Top with lasagna sheets, then whatever extra vegetables you're adding, then the mascarpone/spinach mixture. More lasagna noodles, sauce, extra veggies, mascarpone/spinach. Repeat. Top with alfredo sauce and extra sage and cheese. Dot the top with butter. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes to one hour. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes to get a crusty top. Enjoy!