Monday, September 3, 2012
Keep Your Pants On!
In between Mr. Grouch and Mr. Stink's potty-training segments, the "Backyard Bathroom" remained closed. I thought we were finally past the excitement of it all. Now that Stinker's potty-training adventure is in full-force, we do what any respectable (stupid) American family does and jump into the magical world of raising a puppy. Wonderful timing on my part. And I thought my potty-training days were behind me! Ms. Pepper Potts (yes, we named our puppy after IronMan's girlfriend) is 7 months old and was rescued from the pound. Like most pound puppies, she learned to go just about anywhere she wanted. As she has made the transition into our home, I thought taking her out every hour would be a breeze. Out she goes while I wait inside until she's finished. Apparently this was not the case. She insists on having an audience to her "potty party". I have to go outside and coax her through the ordeal almost every time. This would be a lot easier if I didn't have toddlers waiting at the back door, wondering why in the world Mommy is insisting that Pepper pee in the grass???!!! We thought this was forbidden!?!? I could just see the wheels turning in their little brains.
One day last week, I look out into the backyard where I have let Mr. Stinker and Pepper out to play. One minute they are running around chasing sticks, the next. . .HORROR. I look out the back door and find Pepper doing her business (#2 to be specific) in the far corner of the yard. Right next to her I see Stinker, squatted over, knees bent, in a moment of physical intensity as he does his poo business next to his new friend. I. Give. Up.
Of course, there's worse things that my boys could be doing. So they like "Backyard Bathroom" time. So I had to pooper-scooper more than dog doo that afternoon. I compromised with my little monsters and relented to letting them go #1 in the backyard only as long as there was no one else around. They agreed that the grass and leaves make horrible TP so agreed to keep #2 in the house, where it can be properly flushed. Seems to be a Win/Win resolution. The things we go through in this motherhood adventure! I can't wait to see what could possibly be next!