Today Magoo marked his territory in the baked goods isle of The Family Grocer. It’s much “grosser” now than it was before.

He stood next to me as I perused the canning supplies and suddenly let out a huge, “OH. NO!”

I looked down to see a yellow puddle growing below him. Apparently he is somehow freakishly able to hold a volume of liquid greater than the apparent volume of his body. He then evacuates the liquid wherever he happens to be standing.

At least he’s starting to seem concerned about it. When he lost it in the grocery store, he kept saying, “I’m sorry Mom. I only pee in the potty now. I PROMISE! I’m sorry Mom. Can I get a present?”

To his credit, he did run to the potty several times today without being asked. Now I did promise him a Swedish fish for every time he emptied his contents into the proper receptacle. A friend told me that bribery is perfectly acceptable and no 6th grader ever still needed to be promised candy in return for doing their business on the pot.

I take comfort in that as I send him happily into a dehydration-aggravated diabetic coma. At one point he seriously went potty 4 times in a ten minute period, squeezing every last drop of liquid from his body.

Sitting here on the family room couch I’m not sure if I can actually smell pee or the scent is just permanently emblazoned on my memory.

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15 Responses to Grosser

  1. Rebecca says:

    “Can I have a present?” HAHAHAHAH!
    Little kids are awesome.

  2. All Adither says:

    Ah, yes. The distinctive bouquet of the urine. My nostrils are seared with it.

    I just did a post on Kitty Cat’s disdain for the toilet. We’re having all kinds of trouble over here.

  3. Annette says:

    That’s the single worst era of motherhood, I swear. My son had lots of the other kind of accident, and THAT smell in seared in my brain. Ick.

    I’m years past it with all my kids, but we still can’t leave the house without insisting everyone go potty first so we don’t end up with an emergency in aisle 9.

  4. Honey Mommy says:


    I am SO looking forward to potty-training now! I think I will be a hermit for a while so I don’t have to cause a clean up on aisle 7. These things happen, but that wouldn’t stop me from being embarassed!

    I am much more excited about the progress that my baby boy is making. It looks like he is approaching rollover. Too fun, huh?

  5. Marian says:

    Yes, the “volume of liquid.” Boy bladders are amazing! Sometimes I’m jealous.

  6. Janel says:

    It’s times like this that you have to resume carrying a huge diaper bag (akin in size to the one with all the newborn needs) because there has to be room for extra changes of clothes for both of you! And wipes. And sanitizer. And “treats” for desperate bribery. And chocolate for your own sanity. Or maybe just a large hat to cover your face as you dash out the door, hoping no one recognizes you.

  7. Becky says:

    Yeah, my sister had to give up on the “you get a skittle if you go potty” routine because he was trying to go way too often just for that delicious little treat.
    🙂 Becky

  8. Faith says:

    You are very brave to take him out of the house without a diaper! Seriously. I’ve been working on my two-and-a-half year old for about four months now, and I still won’t take him bye-bye without the protection of his rear end firmly wrapped in a pull-up diaper. Perhaps I should try bribing him with a piece of sugary goodness.

  9. Stephanie says:

    yes you smell it. yes it is emblazoned in your memory.

  10. Melissa says:

    OH, I’m so nervous about this stage. I have a 3 year old boy, 2 year old boy, and 7 month old boy…and none of them are potty-trained because I lack the courage. I’m exhausted thinking about it. Please post any and all tips…I’m all ears.

  11. JD says:

    Now the bribe part about the 6th grader…..Laughed out loud with a gasp in there somewhere. I am having the potty struggle with Thing 2. Good Luck!

  12. Renaedujour says:

    Ha, ha, ha… I still remember peeing on the floor of the Eastgate Dairy Queen. I must have been younger than three, but I still see that teen-age cashier’s face. I was small enough to notice but not care.
    My poor mom.
    That is why I’m planning on investing Laura’s college funds in the Pull-Up company.
    So did you call for clean up? Or did you try to mop it up with your foot and then take off?

  13. Jessie says:

    Too funny! Thx for sharing! I went through all this with my little girl in March; we did the chocolate chip trick. We started with giving a chip when she would sit on the toilet with out a pull up or big girl panties then we transferred it to every time she actually went potty. Then we transferred it to about every other time or every third time or so. Until she got a chip about a couple of times a day. We still have accidents, but rarely. It took me over a month before I’d take her out with out a pull up on!

    I also started carrying my big diaper bag again! I started carrying around her pop in seat so she would go on the ‘big’ toilet anywhere.

    Good Luck!!

  14. Paige says:

    Please let us all survive potty training. That should be added to the “serenity prayer”, don’t you think. And my son peed on the couch. My NEW couch. My microfiber, resists stains and all that stuff couch. But I don’t know how well it resists pee. I cleaned it as well as I could, and now I can just hope for the best.

  15. Isn’t potty training FUN???

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