This is how it starts:
Pre motherhood you would never have believed you could be so excited to see a wee in your life, but it happens and it’s one of the weirdest proud mum moment you’ve encountered so far.
It’s a bit hit and miss in the early days of potty training but then they crack it and nappies become a thing of the past (during the day at least because cracking the dry night is a whole different kettle of fish).
Don’t get too smug though. You will start to miss those nappy days because soon you start to dread something much worse than a stinky nappy. You will start to fear those few words that always seem to come at the very worst moment…
The most likely times you will hear this are:
When you are in the shower. Not straight away, toddlers are more clever that that, they wait until they know you have just shampooed your hair and then wander in to tell you the news.
When you’re in M&S changing rooms wearing only a pair of knickers and your bra.
Just as you are about to leave the house, and usually when you’re already running late. This is made much more fun in winter as you then have to take off the layers of clothing you have spent the past ten minutes putting on.
In the car when there is absolutely no where convenient to stop.
When you’re in the middle of the big supermarket shop. So you walk the full length of the shop, find somewhere to park your half full trolley, walk them to the toilets and then they don’t actually do anything when you get there.
On that lovely country walk where there’s not a toilet for miles around.
Oh, how you will start to miss the days when they just weed wherever they were.
Still, it could be worse. They could be stood in a very quiet bookshop and shout the words that make you want the ground to open and swallow you up.
“Mummy, I need a poo!”