So, how to convince this baby girl that it’s ok to use the potty when she’s not at home? We did errands yesterday and I made 4 unsuccessful potty stops. By the 4th, I knew that pee wanted to come out. It had been nearly 2 hours since we left home and she had to be feeling it.
Still, in the public toilets, she looked vaguely interested, allowed me to place her on it for one minute, then arched those legs, bucked back, and shook her head with an emphatic “No.”
This was a “trusting the baby’s knowledge of her own body and needs day.” I told myself, she’ll go when she needs to, stop trying to force her. I put her on my hip and dashed around the store to gather what I needed. Then I felt the warm release of pee on my hip. Quick! I grabbed the cloth diaper I’d stashed in my cart and whipped it between her legs and popped her back on my hip – “nothing going on here…” face firmly fixed on. We did not spill a drop. I walked her to the potty (again) and gave her a chance to pee, then changed her into fresh pants.
More relaxed now that she was drained, I was gathering up the last of the list (cherry pitter, yeast) when I felt another warm flow. My Red Sox T-shirt got the brunt of it this time. I had run of pants for her, so we both had suspicious wet splotches on us and I really hoped no one noticed. We paid and got home stinky and sticky.
I’m plotting. Book? Special seat? What’s it going to take, girlfriend?