I'm easing into the whole potty learning phase with the introduction of books, the occasional wearing of training pants, baby proofing the downstairs bathroom, allowing the boys to see their new potty, as well as drawing regular attention to their... elimination. I've always used proper body part names with them, and we use the words "pee" or "pee-pee" and "poop." I just talk about it in the context of changing diapers or them peeing on the fl0or if they're naked or wearing training pants. Unlike some of my friends, I don't make up silly song about poop. It's just not my style!
So, all I can say, having just received in the mail my new copies of Everyone Poops (My Body Science Series) and Once Upon a Potty -- Boy, is I don't think I'm ready for this.
"Just like you, Joshua has a body, and this body has many nice and useful parts..." (ok so far)
"A Pee-Pee for making Wee-Wee...." (oh, Lord... Wee-Wee???)
"A bottom for sitting and in it a little hole for making Poo-Poo." (oh, my.... "a little hole"?)
A Pee-Pee? Wee-Wee? Poo-Poo?
Why are they capitalized? Why are we using the word "Pee-Pee" for a p*enis?
Seriously? I'm such a prude. The pile of poop on the floor on Page 28? Gross! And while I'll admit Everyone Poops is pretty funny, it still grosses me out to see all the piles of turd on page after page!
Why on earth must so many books about potty learning involve the child putting the potty chair on their head??? How would they ever conceive of it being a hat without such a prompt?!?
I'm all about the books, though, so I'll put up with all this silliness in the name of getting these guys out of `diapers. They seem to be fascinated, anyway.
There you have it, my friends. Thus begins what will surely seem like a lifetime of potty talk and potty humor. I'll say it again:
I don't think I'm ready for this!