I have been reading with delight, the Wiz’s posts on Toddler-man’s adventures in Pottyland and the carnage of Spiderman and Sponge Bob he is leaving behind. Of course, I read these posts with the smug assumption that I had crawled out of the rabbit hole and was no longer in Pottyland. Oh how wrong I was.
Not only am I still in Pottyland, but I have discovered that boys and girls really are different in Pottyland. I’m not referring to the stand-up vs. sit down kind of different, I mean announcing your intentions kind of different. All kids announce their need to “go” when in training, but apparently girls continue to announce long after the training is over.
Princess O, my 3 almost 4 y.o. is well out of the training phase, yet she continues to feel the need to announce her needs no matter when or where. I could understand this if we were traveling in the car or at the store, but she does it at home, at pre-school, at play and of course, at church. Since she has not yet mastered the art of the quiet voice, these announcements of “Mom, I’ve gotta poop” are most often made during the passing of the sacrament or during a prayer. I’m always so proud she feels the need to share with the congregation.
But Princess O took the announcement to a new height last night when at O-dark-thirty she tip-toed into my room. You know that feeling you have when you’re asleep but can feel someone staring at you? Yeah, I had that. I cracked my one eye open just to check for monsters, only to find a face inches from me, which of course, scared the beans out of me and made me scream and say bad words.
“What do you want?” I croaked after recoverning myself. “I need to go potty” was the reply. “Then go” I said still in a stuppor. She then left, went back down the hall to the bathroom (which she had passed on her way to my room), did her business and went back to bed. Ughhh.
I informed my blissfully unaware DH of the escapade the next morning (since he had slept through the whole thing) and asked him why she would feel the need to do that. He just looked at me with that “I-can’t believe-your-so-stupid” look on his face and said “She learned it from you”.
Do I really announce? Am I teaching my daughter a learned behavior? Holy Cow he’s right! I DO announce. Although I have mastered the quiet voice, I am in the habit of announcing my intentions before I leave the room.
This of course brings me to my question for all of you. Is the need for announcement a genetic girl thing , is it a social girl thing or am I just a freak that is passing on her weird habits?
At least we girls have the good sense to come inside to do our business.
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