So among my husband's more brilliant ideas is to potty train the kids at night the minute he is off his quarter-end craziness.
He always needs a new project when he is present in the house more than 4 hours in a 24 hour period.
Because what I really need on the week before a big race, a race which I have barely prepared for, is to do two loads of laundry in the middle of the night.
I may have suggested a few other, note-worthy causes [our master bedroom, the guest bathroom, finishing the basement cabinets & shelving so I could actually put together an organizational system for the sea of toys we must swim through every time we are headed to the Treadmill...] but those were clearly not as appealing as four family members smelling like pee for two weeks.
Let's hope it only takes two weeks...
We go cold turkey on the diapers two nights ago (I wanted one last night of freedom before my audition.) The last time we tried this was a full year ago. They were 3 1/2 last Spring and I tried several times. They both wanted to give up nighttime diapers immediately upon day-training, but I was still traumatized by teething or something (it had only been, what? a year and a half?) and wanted to continue that precious precious sleep thingy.
So another six months rolled by and we went diaperless at night and it didn't take long to be a disaster, and for us to revert to diapers again.
And when I say it didn't take long, I'm pretty sure we lasted one night.
So this round I guess we should give it at least 2 weeks? Strategies may or may not include:
- going cold turkey, and meaning it
- calling upon superheroes and princesses on panties that should not be peed upon
- incentives (candy, toys, rewards) for a dry night
- waking them up at midnight (before my husband goes to sleep) and making them stumble into the bathroom while we laugh hysterically at the glimpse of their future drunk party selves
- last resort: stop them from drinking after 5 PM [conveniently when mine starts]
This will certainly make for an interesting crime scene.
I ask him if he needs to go potty, but he is clearly asleep.
I start to ponder the eco-footprint of doing three extra loads of laundry per day versus the continuation of pull up diapers.
And whether I could start cloth diapering now.
Since the sheets have basically succumbed to that role by default.
And it has just been....lovely.
Broad Street, here I come!!
You got a story too? Advice?