Potty Training twins is a torture that no human should have to endure. I have been dreading potty training Cate and David since they were newborns and I was going through Hell training Edwin. If only there was a potty training boot camp, the Perrault twins would be first in line.
This week has been one chaotic event after another. So after being stranded in the storm that hit Dallas, it only made sense to create a little more chaos as the bad weather approached us. As news stories swirled of the in-climate weather and school closings, I prepared for our own storm – potty training:
Big girl underwear - Check
Big boy underwear - Check
Dora Pull-ups – Check
Diego Pull-ups – Check
Jelly beans – Check
Ice-cold Bud Light – Check
A great thing about having a large family is that you get another chance at things that you didn’t do well with your first or second child — a “do over” of Bad Mom moments. I told myself that this time potty training was going to be different. The third time was going to be a charm. Or so I believed.
By mid-morning on Potty Training Day, I had lost all control. I wanted to get back in bed and pretend this day never happened. Unnamed Husband came home for lunch and confirmed what I already knew:
I was suffering from Potty Training Stress Disorder.
Potty Training Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs as you experience the traumatic event of weaning a two-year old from diapers.
Symptoms of PTSD:
1. Lack of concern for your appearance or that of your home.
2. Difficulty getting up from the bathroom floor.
3. Irrationally beating small children for peeing on the floor.
4. Overwhelming sense that you are smelling urine all over the house.
5. Excessively eating jelly beans to numb your feelings of failure.
6. Avoidance of your (Facebook) friends for fear they will tell you how easy it was for them.
7. Sense that your child(ren) will be the first to go to Kindergarten in diapers.
That night, after putting the kids to sleep and self medicating with nachos and beer, I realized that despite the harrowing experience, we had made some progress.
If you know someone suffering from PTSD, offer support in the form of fattening food and alcoholic beverages and avoid saying anything that can trigger additional symptoms – like how your child potty trained himself.