The Potty Wars: a late update

September 13th 2010.
6:39pm CMT BGKY

It’s been a blur of impressions about how Mac has gone from intransigent soiler to proudly announcing the time and place of his next main event. If he knew how, he would be posting Twitter updates; No, Jenn won’t let me sign him up for a Twitter account.

It is now no mistake to say that the main reason Mac’s potty training took off was that friends visited us for an extended stay and they had 4yr-old Thorsen who was fully potty-trained and wasted no time letting Mac know that he was a big boy because of it. Mac was pretty much trained within a few days. I suspect an instinctual competitiveness was the motivating factor in Mac no longer pausing in midstep or sentence to start breathing funny while his gaze turned inward becoming almost cross-eyed and his face became flushed with urgent concentration/constipation.

So knowing this, we are letting Scarlett know that Blakely, a younger cousin, is now fully1 potty-trained. Given Scarlett’s own competitive streak and if we can trick her into thinking she wants to be potty-trained, this should take no more than a few hours. Yup.

  1. This is not strictly true. Blakely is in the process of being potty trained but we’ll let this ontological subtlety slide. []