You’ll shoot your eye out…

and I’m not talking about a Red Rider BB Gun!

Of all the blogs I post, I get the most feedback about the blogs dealing with my adventures raising a child so at least once a week I’ll try to share a story.

My son’s 19 months and he’s become interested in bodily functions.  He now tells us when he poops, which is really handy by the way, it lets me know when I need to change his diaper.  Until you’ve stuck your finger into a diaper to find out if it needs to be changed only to be rewarded with a finger covered in pooh, you don’t realize how much you come to appreciate a verbal warning. 

At this point though when he says “poop” it can mean he’s gone number 1 or 2 but at least he’s figuring it out and we plan to start potty training soon.  In preparation for potty training I’ve developed a routine where I’ll take his diaper off and set him on the toilet a couple of times each day.

While he’s on the toilet we talk about going potty and going poop.  He now knows how to make grunting noises when he sits on the toilet and he’s figured out how to flush but to this point he’s not actually made a “deposit”. 

He has decided that it’s really neat to potty every time he gets in the bath tub.  It’s so neat that his favorite part of bath time is watching himself potty.  The only problem is he’s usually sitting when it happens.

I’m sure you see where this is going.  He’s intensely interested in what’s going on so he bends his neck and looks down and uses his hand to point his “boy parts” up so he can get a better view of the action.  This action usually results in him shooting himself in the face.

Instead of teaching him to flush the toilet maybe I should be teaching him to keep his mouth closed!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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