Monday, June 16, 2008

I can't believe it...

but, The Boy's now made a habit out of using the bathroom for his potty needs. Again, this morning, for a fifth time (that we've counted and / or noticed), he crawled into the bathroom, sat down, and pooped. But, that's not the only times that he crawls into the bathroom - previously, we'd just believed that he was crawling in there because that's the only open door in that hallway.

The Wife gave him a bath tonight, followed by some naked time. Wouldn't you know it? He crawled from his bedroom to the bathroom, then peed. Yes, it was on the floor - but, he still crawled in there and peed. Funny, no?

I don't have any illusions that he's going to potty train early. My wife & I were both late potty trainers, and I don't expect much different from The Boy. But, it's still pretty funny, pretty quirky behavior. That's what we've come to expect from him - which is why we call him "Crazy Baby" on a regular basis.

The amazing thing to me is how quickly and thoroughly he's developed his own personality. He is non-verbal, don't get me wrong; I don't think that the "Mamamama" and "dadadadada" are actually recognition of us as parents but noises that he makes. He also grunts, oooo's, oh's, humms, buzzes (like a brass mouthpiece) and bubbles (like a motorcycle sound). But, his facial expressions, his preferences and his reactions are definitely his own. They developed very, very quickly. Yes, we see ourselves in him; but, we also see something different and, we hope, better.

TMI alert, stop reading if you're particularly squeemish...

I do admit that I don't normally close the bathroom door when my wife is at work. Most of the time, if I'm going #1 and I'm already holding him, I'll hold him while I use the potty. Other times, he crawls in and sits and plays, or he crawls in and watches. My general hope is that if he sees me using the potty without drama, secrets and other scary stuff, he'll be comfortable with the bathroom when it's time to use it. I'm not a particularly shy person, and I don't think I have particularly body issues when it comes to bathroom things, so it seems to have worked. (I mean, come on - we all look pretty ridiculous sitting on the toilet.)

I don't think that putting him in his crib or the playpen while I use the bathroom is a particularly efficient use of either one of our times. (Wow. That sentence wasn't parsed very well.) He's a boy. I'm a boy. We have the same parts - genetically, too, come to think of it - and will use the bathroom the same way. If he learns by observation now, then it's one less thing that I have to worry about teaching him later. "Oh, that's how you use the potty. I get it. It's not THAT scary."

Having said that, I wonder what it'll be like next year, when he's in day care from 7 until 3...

2 comments:

Flossie Teacake said...

I also take my boy into the bathroom with me. His absolutely new favourite thing is to sit on his bathmat, with his toys, at the end of the bath whilst I shower (we have an over-bath shower). I was thinking about you the other day as when I lifted him up to get him out he'd pooped on the bathmat. It was a one off thing though, he's not got the bathroom hunger that your boy has!

He also plays in the bathroom whilst I use the toilet. In the early days, which felt like one long breast-feed, I'd feed him sitting there on occasion (rather that than a screaming baby). He gets so anxious at being shut in his room whilst I leave him to do something, he likes playing on the bathroom floor, so I let him!

Musical Daddy said...

Weird thing about it? When the shower goes on, he starts screaming. I mean, full-body-extension, red-faced screaming; a bipolar, immediate transition that is quite shocking. Today, he & I played "follow the leader" for a little while - he followed me from my room to the kitchen to the bathroom, and he was happy as a clam. When I turned the shower on, he freaked. Weird.